You know you deserve compensation if you are injured at work. But from there the question becomes how much? How much does my injury deserve? The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act lays out complicated formulas for determining the amount of benefit an injured employee deserves. This information can be very helpful when deciding whether to take a settlement or not. For example, there are different rates of compensation if you are temporarily disabled versus permanently disabled. Also, depending on the body part injured and the extent of the injury, you are due compensation for a different number of weeks.
The table above provides examples the period of time an injured employee is to receive compensation of a temporary total incapacity depending on the body part and extent injured. An attorney can help determine how much compensation your are due based on this formula and other information provided in the Act by examining your medical records. Sometimes, an experienced attorney can increase the amount of compensation you receive by arguing you actually have suffered a lost of trade.
However, each case is different and every injured employee has circumstances unique to their situation. The best way to make sure you are getting the benefits you deserve, is to contact your Illinois Work Injury Attorney.
Source: 820 ILCS 305/8