Workers Compensation

Types of Injuries That Fall under Workers’ Compensation Cases in Illinois

Work-related incidents covered by workers’ compensation are usually thought of as specific types of accidents, such as broken bones, concussions, or ruptured discs. However, in the State of Illinois, other types of injuries and illnesses occurring in the workplace may also be covered. In fact, the scope of work-related incident categories in the Illinois Workers Compensation Act (IWCA) are quite broad. Below are some conditions and incidents that fall within IWCA cases.

Occupational Illnesses

These are recurring conditions caused by long-term encounters with work hazards or activities, and may include the following:

  • Loss of hearing
  • Respiratory complaints
  • Chronic skin irritation
  • Various types of cancers
  • Stress-related or mental health conditions
  • Muscle and bone disorders
  • Injuries due to repetitive actions
  • Poisoning from hazardous chemicals.

Compensation for Illness due to COVID-19

It may be possible to get workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19, but the illness must have developed from and occurred during the time of employment.

Injuries due to Specific Workplace Incidents

Incidents such as fractures, ruptured discs, and torn ligaments are commonly covered by the IWCA, provided they resulted from and happened within the period of employment.

Preexisting Conditions Aggravated by Work

If a work injury aggravates a pre-existing condition, it should be covered under the IWCA. Also, if such an injuryincreases the need for treatment that would have otherwise been required, it might still be covered. In either case, be sure to have a physician verify that the accident made the condition worse or hastened the need for treatment.

Injuries due to Repetitive Stress

These types of injuries are considered work-related when job duties consistently cause bodily harm, and may be compensated under the IWCA. As with pre-existing conditions, it’s important to have a physician confirm that work contributed directly to the injury.

Pain and Suffering Due To Work-Related Injuries

Unlike with personal injury lawsuits, pain and suffering caused by a work injury are not covered under the IWCA. In most instances, work-injury victims cannot file personal injury suits against employers for compensation. Certain exceptions exist, so it’s advisable to consult a lawyer about your case.

While you might feel you have suffered a work-related injury, your employer may disagree, so call today and ask for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer at Grewer Law Group, P.C. to find out if your claim is compensable.

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