If you have ever been hurt on the job, you know how traumatizing it can be. Whether the injury was related to slipping and falling, falling from heights, overexertion, or something else, a work injury can prevent you from earning a living and enjoying life.
Fortunately, Illinois requires most employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance. If you are dealing with a work-related injury, it is critical to understand how the state’s workers’ compensation system works.
Learn about statutory employers in this blog post and related workers’ comp information. If you have questions about your case, our Antioch workers’ comp lawyer Robert T. Edens, can assist you. Mr. Edens is known as a top-rated workers’ comp lawyer in Illinois and has obtained millions of dollars for his clients.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act offers disability benefits not just to employees. It also offers workers’ compensation to employees of subcontractors who perform any work directly or indirectly. This part of the law is vital because it assists an injured employee working for a subcontractor who lacks workers’ comp insurance. Or the subcontractor lacks the assets to provide benefits that the injured employee should receive.
If you injured your back in a fall at work and your company did not have workers’ comp insurance, but a general contractor was working there, you still might receive benefits. You can file an ‘application for adjustment’ claim against your company. In this case, the general contractor is the ‘statutory employer.’ That employer must pay your workers’ comp benefits. After the benefits are paid, and the case is resolved, the statutory employer can pursue your company for reimbursement.
Under the workers’ comp law, the injury must have happened when the worker did work and not when doing their personal business. The law mentions that the injury must ‘arise out of employment,’ meaning the injuries can be sourced to a time, place, and cause related to your work.
Note that not every injury that occurs at work is covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. For instance, if you were walking down the hall and fell for no reason, such as a defect in the floor, this would not be covered because you were not at any higher risk than any person in the public would be.
However, if you walked down your office hall carrying a video projector and tripped, this could be enough to qualify for workers’ comp. If you wonder if the Act would cover your injury, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Edens for more information.
Were you recently injured in an Illinois work-related accident? You need The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens fighting for your rights today. Our attorneys have helped injured Antioch workers obtain their deserved workers’ compensation for over 20 years. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. During the initial consultation, Mr. Edens will review your case carefully and inform you if you need an attorney. Contact our Antioch workers’ comp lawyer today at (847) 395-2200 for legal assistance.