The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers to provide injured employees with the following workers’ compensation benefits including:
- Medical expenses, including doctor visits, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering. Eligibility for TTD benefits begins as soon as you are unable to work because of a work-related injury or illness and continue for the duration of the disability.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments. The amount of PTD payments you may receive are based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, and payments may continue for life. The amount of PTD payments you may receive are based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, for up to 500 weeks.
- In some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits such on-the-job training, schooling, or job placement assistance.
Workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable income to the employee.
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if you are permanently unable to work. Moreover, you may also be entitled to additional compensation in a third-party personal injury lawsuit, if a party other than your employer was responsible for the workplace accident.
The Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to helping injured employees obtain the full and fair workers’ compensation benefits to which they are entitled. If you have suffered a work-related accident, contact one of our Chicago worker’s compensation lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about available workers’ compensation benefits.