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Resolving workers' compensation claims for back injuries

One of the most common types of injuries Illinois workers suffer on the job is a back injury. These can stem from many different causes. They can occur suddenly, as when a warehouse worker is injured while trying to lift something heavy, or they can occur over time, as when a nurse has to repeatedly bend to help patients. And of course, any type of worker can suffer a back injury in a vehicle crash or slip and fall accident.

These injuries can vary widely in severity, from temporary pain to permanent disability. But many types of back injuries can require medical treatment and long periods of rest and recovery. Medical treatment can be expensive, and time away from work can mean a substantial bite out of one's income.

Fortunately, the state workers' compensation system can provide benefits to workers who were injured on the job. These benefits are paid by the employer's insurance provider and they cover the costs of medical care and a portion of the injured worker's lost wages.

Unlike personal injury lawsuits, a claim for workers' compensation benefits does not require a showing of fault or negligence. This means that the worker doesn't have to prove that the employer was negligent or that the workplace was unsafe before he or she can receive benefits. However, if the worker receives the benefits, he or she generally cannot also sue the employer over the same injury.

While all this sounds like filing for and receiving benefits should be simple, but very often it is not. The process of applying for benefits can be complicated, especially for those who are already suffering from an injury. Insurers can be reluctant to provide all the benefits to which the injured are entitled. When a claim is denied, the worker may be stuck going through a difficult appeals process.

For injured workers and their families to have all the benefits they deserve, it's often necessary to have experienced legal help. At Brady & Jensen, LLP, Attorneys at Law, we explain to injured workers how the system works and we fight for our clients to receive maximum benefits and compensation. For more information, see our web page on back injuries.

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