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Illinois workers’ compensation for back, neck, shoulder and knee injuries

Injuries to the neck, back and shoulder are common in workplace accidents. Those injured at work may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Some of the most common workplace injuries are to the back, neck, shoulder and knee. These injuries are common in construction workers, manual laborers and others who work with heavy equipment, and they are often severe. Treating these injuries can be difficult, and such injuries often leave people with chronic pain. Some of these injuries require surgery and lengthy physical therapy. Employees cannot work while they are trying to recover, and they need workers' compensation benefits to help support them while they are unable to work.

Common back, neck, shoulder and knee injuries

Some of the more prevalent on-the-job injuries involving the back, neck or shoulders include:

  • Severe sprains and strains
  • Whiplash
  • Dislocation
  • Slipped discs
  • Torn rotator cuffs
  • Torn meniscus, ACL, and MCL tendons
  • Fractured bones

Benefits available for injuries on the job

Those who are injured while working are eligible for a variety of benefits under the Illinois Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases Acts to aid in their recovery and help them get back to work, including:

  • Temporary Total Disability payments: two-thirds of an employee's average weekly wage while the employee is unable to work
  • Temporary Partial Disability payments: two-thirds of the difference between an employee's pre-injury average weekly wage and what an employee earns when he or she returns to work but is only able to perform light-duty or part-time work
  • Permanent Total Disability payments: two-thirds of an employee's average weekly wage for the rest of his or her life when unable to return to work
  • Permanent Partial Disability payments: compensation determined by a schedule when an employee is permanently injured but can still return to work in some capacity
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: retraining, education, job search counseling or supervised job searches
  • Payment for medical treatment: doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, medications, surgery, chiropractor visits, prosthetic devices, medical appliances and physical therapy

Obtaining workers' compensation benefits

In many cases, workers who are injured on the job have difficulty obtaining workers' compensation benefits for their neck, back and shoulder injuries. Employers and insurance companies will deny an employee's claim for payment of medical bills and paid time off by claiming that the accident did not happen at work or that the employee failed to properly report the accident. Employees injured at work need someone who can fight for them to ensure that they get the benefits they need. Injured employees should seek the assistance of a seasoned Illinois workers' compensation attorney in obtaining the benefits to which they are entitled under law. If you have been injured at work, talk to a workers' compensation attorney so you understand all of the benefits for which you may be eligible.

Keywords: workers' compensation; workplace injury; on-the-job injury

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