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Workers’ compensation is a form of protection required by local and commercial businesses throughout the country. This system is set in place to offer means of compensation for an employee that has suffered injuries while on the job and protect employers from lawsuits. If you are in the process of a workers’ compensation battle, our attorney is here to help provide peace of mind and access to financial benefits. Read through our FAQ below, where we answer our client’s most common questions regarding their workers’ compensation claims.

What is An Average Workers’ Compensation Case Worth?

Depending on the severity of your case, a typical workers’ compensation settlement can be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to millions, although those cases are less common. Bucklin Law Office is the top choice for those in Central Illinois that are looking for maximum compensation for their claim.

How Long Will My Workers’ Compensation Case Take?

Each case is unique; however, many workers’ compensation cases are settled in as little as 6 months are medical treatment is completed. The process can take more or less time depending on the seriousness of your injuries and the number of parties involved in the claim.

How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Every state is different. In Illinois, you have to file your claim within three years of the date of your accident to open a workers’ compensation case. After this time, if no claim is filed, our attorneys can no longer be of assistance to help you receive compensation, unless particular circumstances are present. To ensure your claim is filed on time, reach out to Bucklin Law Office in Springfield, IL to speak with our legal attorney.

What If My Claim is Denied?

If your workers’ compensation claim is denied by your employer or insurer, you may file a case with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and proceed through the hearing process. If your claim is denied by the insurance company, the first thing you should do is call Bucklin Law Office to speak with our attorney. We are trained and experienced at handling denied claims and will work to fight for your right to compensation.

What’s the Difference Between a Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Claim?

Personal injury claims include any accident or injury that occurs outside of the individual’s work environment. Compensation for personal injury claims requires proof of fault before a judge or jury and can take one to several years for the process to settle.

Workers’ compensation claims are a type of liability that was created to protect employees from the hazards of work and employers from high medical bills and care for injuries. These claims are not tried in court, but they go before a state commission that decides on the claim’s validity.

How Do I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

To start the claims process, notify your employer as soon as the injury occurs or before the 45-day time limit set by the state of Illinois. Cases against employers with the IWCC must then be filed within 3 years of the incident to receive compensation. The employer or employer’s insurer will then file a Form 45 with the State of Illinois and pays out benefits within 2 weeks of the accident. These steps can be overwhelming for those suffering an injury. Reach out to our legal office to discuss your workers’ compensation claim, and we will file it for you.

Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation benefits. For those suffering from a work injury, you can be rewarded compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, disfigurement or scars, rehabilitation, death benefits, and more. To see if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, contact Bucklin Law Office in Springfield, IL.

Can My Employer Try to Terminate My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Unfortunately, if your employer wishes to terminate your benefits, they can legally file a petition. If your employer believes that you are no longer disabled or that your injury was unrelated to your work accident, your benefits have a possibility of being terminated. Our attorney will work directly with your employer and medical professionals to ensure your rightful benefits are not terminated.