A serious, work-related injury kept Bill from working for several months while his eyes healed. He was not even sure he would be able to go back to his job as an x-ray technician in the local hospital. On-the-job eye injuries can cause serious damage, whether temporary or permanent. Workers may be off work for months or longer while their eyes heal. During that time, workers’ compensation may be available to cover medical expenses and provide much-needed financial support.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When a worker suffers a work-related injury or occupational disease, he or she may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Most Illinois workers are covered by workers’ comp insurance, which is paid by their employer.
- Medical treatment,
- Lost wages for the time the employee is unable to work,
- Vocational rehabilitation or maintenance for injured workers who participate in an approved program; and
- Death benefits paid to surviving family members.
Generally, an employer or its insurer pays for the injured employee’s benefits. However, if the employee and employer disagree about the injury or benefits, a claim can be filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Workers’ Compensation for Eye Injuries
A worker may receive benefits ranging from temporary total disability to permanent total disability. Also, an injury may happen suddenly or because of long-term exposure. If the worker loses permanent and complete use of both eyes, permanent total disability benefits may be awarded.
As with all work-related injuries, the injured person must report the injury to his or her employer. It’s also crucial to get medical treatment and obey the doctor’s orders.
You Need an Attorney with Workers’ Comp Experience. We Can Help.
Serious eye injuries can be life altering. Workers’ compensation benefits can provide financial support to you and your family after a devastating work-related injury.
The attorneys at Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C., are here to help with your workers’ comp claims. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience representing people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website.
Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English.
We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Will, and Kane Counties.