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Bucklin Law Office
Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Clients in Springfield IL
Bucklin Law Office has handled and tried thousands of workers’ compensation cases and appeals for clients throughout Springfield, IL. If you’ve been injured on the job, regardless of where you work, it’s important to consult with a lawyer immediately after your injury to learn about your rights to benefits and compensation. Many individuals fail to consult with a lawyer after their injuries out of fear of losing their job, lack of knowledge of their rights, or assumptions about expensive legal fees. Our workers’ compensation attorney is here to represent your case, where we don’t receive payment until you are awarded compensation. Whether you have experienced broken bones or permanent disability, our legal team is here to take the legal burden off our clients by filing and representing your workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Bradford Bucklin, attorney at law, provides legal assistance to injured workers of all industries in Springfield, IL and the surrounding communities. As a local law firm, we take pride in serving our neighbors with legal advice that helps them receive the compensation they deserve after a work-related incident. Bucklin has been a leading attorney in Illinois for over 35 years, with a track record for winning workers’ compensation cases totaling millions of dollars in benefits.
Our attorney has handled appeals in the Industrial Commission, Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Courts, and Appellate Courts for clients and against insurance companies. On top of his experience, Bradford Bucklin has taught legal classes on workers’ compensation laws since 1992. Have the best represent your case when you hire Bucklin Law Office.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance acquired by commercial businesses to provide wage replacement and medical benefits to employees that were injured on the job. This compensation relinquishes the employee’s right to sue their employer for damages or negligence once paid out, protecting both the employer and their staff. Under Illinois law, business owners must retain workers’ comp insurance for the benefit of their employees.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) enforces state laws and determines eligible benefits for employees. These benefits received from a claim are paid after three days of work are missed at 66.66% of your weekly earnings. Finally, any permanent disfigurement due to an accident may be compensated with up to 162 weeks of pay at 60% of your weekly rate. Consult our Bucklin Law Office attorney for more details about filing a workers’ compensation claim.
When Should You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
In Illinois, those wishing to file a workers’ compensation claim must notify their employer regarding the accident within 45 days of receiving the injury and file the claim with their attorney within three years. Waiting any longer to open your case may forfeit your right to collect compensation for your injuries. By law, your employer must provide you with a list of approved physicians and notify their insurance company to start the claims process. If your illness or injury has developed slowly and with increasing severity, it may be accepted after the 45-day notification period. As long as this ailment is job-related, our attorney at Bucklin Law Office is here to help you file a workers’ compensation claim with the state.
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim with Bucklin Law Office
Filing a workers’ compensation claim without the help of an attorney can be a confusing and stressful process for work injury victims. At Bucklin Law Office, we work with clients throughout Central Illinois to gather the paperwork and medical records needed to receive compensation for their injuries. With over 35 years of experience, our attorney has helped award over $25 million in compensation and benefits to those injured on the job. If you’re ready to file your workers’ compensation claim, you can expect this five-step process customized to your needs.
Notify your employer within 45 days of your injury that happened at work.
File a workers’ compensation claim with our Bucklin Law attorney.
Your employer will notify the insurance company to determine compensation.
Your employer will start paying workers’ compensation or deny your claim.
Bucklin Law Office files a hearing to present your claim if denied.
The Workers’ Compensation Commission has final say for your claim.
Medical Treatment for Workers’ Compensation Victims
It’s important to note that in the state of Illinois, you don’t have to see a doctor that’s listed in your employer’s approved list of physicians to receive health care. You’re entitled to medical treatment from no more than two physicians of your choosing and any physicians you’re referred to by those physicians. Don’t get trapped into working with a doctor that may not have your best interest in mind; Bucklin Law Office will work with you directly to find a medical professional that will properly treat your wounds caused by a work-related injury.