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Can Union Workers Collect Workers’ Compensation and Disability Benefits?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Injured union workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits like other injured employees. Worker’s compensation benefits are paid by the employer’s insurance company, but it is the obligation of the injured employee to notify the employer of the accident and submit a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

Employers and insurance companies sometimes dispute workers’ compensation claims, but employers are prohibited from taking any retaliatory action against an injured employee who seeks worker’s compensation benefits.  If your employer wrongfully denies your claim or fails to provide workers’ compensation benefits following an accident, you may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).

A workers’ compensation claim may be complicated by union contracts and, in some cases, the employer and union will dispute the amount or validity of a workers’ compensation or disability claim. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney who is familiar handling workers’ compensation claims for union employees.

At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago workplace accident attorneys focus on helping injured employees of all kinds, including injured union workers, railroad workers, health care workers, and construction workers, obtain maximum compensation and benefits following a workplace accident.

Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workplace accident lawyers.