Attempting to represent yourself is a mistake. For the simple reason that the workers’ compensation system is designed to protect the insurance companies, not employees. They benefit when a premium is paid by the employer, but no claims are filed.
So you better believe they’ll go to great lengths to delay or even deny your claim. And if a third-party is involved, you’re now up against another insurance company, more attorneys, and a trial if it comes to that.
We know the process inside out, so we will make sure everything is under control from start to finish. We’ll start by removing the financial burden that’s resulted from your injury.Contact us Today
If you choose to hire us, rest easy knowing that we work based on a contingency fee. Put simply, if you don’t receive compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
We know that many victims are concerned about finances after an accident, and we don’t want those concerns to keep you from getting the legal representation you deserve.
Average Payout Amount*w/attorney $1,600 on your own $1,600 Difference of $1,000.00
*According to the 2017 Martindale-Nolo Research.
Our years of experience mean we can get you more money, in the quickest time. It all boils down to efficiency. And we’ve been honing that for years. With legal representation, the average payout is $77,600, while the average is $17,600 without.
If the first offer is not enough, your Staver lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf to reach a fair and equitable solution. And if this is not reached, your lawyer won’t hesitate to fight for your case in court.
Every type of personal injury case is different. And although we have the legal side covered, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of some of the unique laws and guidelines, the obstacles and opportunities we may face along the way, and some of the additional details that may impact the outcome of your case.
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. A moment of distraction can leave a worker with serious or fatal injuries, and malfunctioning equipment can claim the life of even the most attentive worker. Common types of injuries in this field include those caused by falls, electrocution, being hit with an object, and being caught between pieces of equipment.
Learn more on our ‘Construction Accident’ page.
Generally speaking, this category of workplace injuries does not include accidents that occur when you are commuting to or from work. However, it does cover accidents that occur when you are running workplace errands, making a delivery, or traveling for work. It also covers those whose job involves driving. It can become challenging to assign liability if the other driver is responsible for the accident, as you may also be able to seek compensation through a third-party claim.
Maritime accidents are very common, as employers often try to run ships on skeleton crews or limit safety protocols to save time. In Illinois, compensation may fall under the Jones Act, rather than workers’ compensation.
You may wonder about how the details of your accident could impact your claim. Injured workers should seek out a workers’ compensation lawyer who can help with:
All of these issues can lead to a complex personal injury or workers’ comp claim where an insurance company tries to deny your compensation.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act is the primary piece of legislation used is workers’ compensation cases.
Laws outline the process by which employees can seek compensation. An employee must inform their employer within 45 days of the injury if they want to receive maximum benefits. Note, though, that many employers have more restrictive reporting requirements.
Illinois laws cover an employer’s obligation to pay for workers’ compensation and post workers’ compensation insurance notices in an area where employees can see them. There are limited exceptions to these requirements. Per state law, employers must report an injury to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission when an employee misses three workdays.
You will file a workers’ comp claim by notifying your employer of your work-related injury and finding the appropriate forms from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission or from your employer’s HR department.
Your employer, workers’ comp, and any third party insurance company will want to see proof of your injuries. Your medical records from emergency treatment and ongoing care will serve as proof of injury as well as severity of injury. If you don’t get medical treatment or you stop care, it will be impossible to prove that you deserve compensation.
Although you can see your regular primary care physician for a work-related injury, there are doctors who specialize in work-related injuries. It can be helpful to work with those types of doctors who are familiar with the workers’ compensation forms.
Some doctors and medical groups that advertise that they work with workers’ comp and work related injuries include the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, UI Health Occupational Environmental Medicine, and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. If you’d like other options, call our law offices for help finding the right doctors for you.
Our process is people-focussed. It’s designed not only to win but to reduce stress levels and make the whole process easier.Contact us Today
The initial consultation is a chance to discuss your injury with one of our attorneys and figure out what your next step is. Use this time to figure out if an attorney is a good fit for your case and how you want to handle it.
When you meet with a personal injury lawyer, you should bring several things to help tell the story of your work injury.
What We’ll Need from You
These will essentially be used as evidence to support your workers’ compensation claim and to help determine the value of your case if a third party was involved.
When you decide to work with our work injury lawyers, we won’t waste time. We’ll assess the details and evidence you provided in your consultation to determine how to approach your injury moving forward. There are essentially two options, and more often than not, we’ll pursue both.| Next Step: File a Workers' Compensation Claim
The majority of work injuries are paid out through the workers’ compensation system. This is when your company pays a set premium every month to provide coverage to all employees. You can get workers’ compensation benefits for medical treatment, lost wages, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and more.
In Illinois, this is a no-fault system. As an employee, you don’t need to prove that the company was to blame for your accident in order to receive compensation. However, when the system fails and the insurance companies are working in their best interest, that’s where we step in and take control.| Next Step: File a Third Party Claim
It’s not uncommon that a workplace accident involves someone outside of your place of employment. For example, if you are out making a delivery to a client and fall on their unsalted icy steps, their homeowners’ insurance could be liable for your work-related injury.
If this is the case, we’ll file what’s called a third-party claim. The process is much different than a workers’ comp claim. But our approach is the same: we fight for you every step of the way.| Next Step: Trial
We want to get the most out of your case. Not all work injuries go to trial, but in the instance that a third party is involved, your employer intentionally caused you harm, or if your employer doesn’t have workers’ comp insurance, we won’t hesitate to act.| Next Step: Consultation
It all starts with a free consultation.
Every work injury is different. But all victims share the same problems: they need to pay medical bills, and of course need to be compensated for any pain and suffering. They need time off work to recover. And on top of this, they face a high risk of losing their job and therefore will often forego filing a claim due to the fear of being terminated.
And our lawyers have handled thousands of work injury claims. We take care of the complex stuff so you can focus on your own recovery. But we’ll always keep you up to speed so you know exactly where your case stands.Contact us Today
Jared Staver spent his early summers working long days on his family farm. So when you hire Staver, you’re not getting a lawyer who picks up your case with no care – You’re getting someone who understands the value of hard work just like you. You’re getting an advocate. A passionate lawyer who will speak on your behalf, with insurance companies and in court.
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At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we fight hard for our clients. And our case history shows this. Over the years, we’ve seen just about every type of work injury there is.
Sure, it feels like unfamiliar territory to you, but it’s all too familiar to us.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.
We’ve won awards for over 3,500 clients. And with every award we get, the more it proves our quality. Years of credibility, glowing ratings from the BBB and a place on the top 100 trial lawyers of America.
The recognition we’ve accumulated speaks for itself.