The amount of a workers’ compensation award depends, in large part, on the salary of the injured worker and the extent of the injuries sustained. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides injured employees with the following worker’s compensation benefits:
- 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. Additionally, a workers’ compensation award may be supplemented by Social Security disability benefits if you are permanently unable to work and personal injury damages from a third-party personal injury lawsuit if a party other than your employer was responsible for the workplace accident.
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to helping injured employees obtain maximum benefits for their work-related injuries. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers.