If You Have Been Injured
As you deal with the emotional and physical trauma of an injury, knowing your legal rights and seeking compensation might be the furthest things from your mind. Yet it is critical that you protect your rights and understand the benefits you are entitled to under the law whether you are hurt at work or suffer personal injury. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation under the law.
Your workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos are here to help you start the process of protecting yourself and your rights.
Know your workers’ compensation rights in Illinois and Iowa.
If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation under the law in Illinois and Iowa. It’s important that you understand your rights in Illinois and Iowa and how the process works in both states.
If you are an Illinois resident, familiarize yourself with your rights and how the process works. And for our friends in Iowa, you can familiarize yourself with your rights and how the process works in your very own state as well. We’ve also provided easy-to-follow links below.
Your workers’ compensation attorneys at Capron & Avgerinos are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us now or call us at (800) 535-4542 with any questions you may have concerning your rights. All cases are performed on a contingent fee basis, which means we are not paid unless you recover compensation for your claim.
Know your personal injury rights in Illinois and Iowa.
To remedy the wrong inflicted onto you, however, you need to act quickly and efficiently. Your best course of action is to consult an attorney immediately after being hurt, to protect your rights and:
- Preserve evidence
- Obtain police records as needed
- Contact witnesses
Personal injury claims can stem from all sorts of daily occurrences, including automobile accidents, premises defects, or construction site incidents. After sustaining a personal injury, you have the right to:
- Seek medical treatment even if you are not seriously injured
- Contact your insurance company
- Contact your attorney
- Gather necessary evidence
If a claim cannot be settled directly with a defendant, it will be necessary to file suit. This is typically done in the county in which the injury occurred. The defendant will usually be represented by an attorney retained by his insurance company. You have the right to have your case heard by a jury, who will determine what damages you are entitled to. As the injured party, you have the burden to prove all the necessary elements of the claim before you are entitled to recover. That is why it is crucial you consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure a proper investigation takes place and you can present the best-prepared case in court.
What you Need to Know about the DBA
The Defense Base Act is full of rules and regulations that can trip you up unless you get legal help.
Did you know that:
- Contractors’ insurance carriers often engage attorneys to contest YOUR claims and they have a strong financial interest in discouraging you from filing a DBA claim?
- There are time limitations on DBA eligibility? You must report an injury to your employer in writing within 30 days and seek medical care immediately. You must also file a claim within one year of the injury or within one year of your last receipt of benefits, whichever is later.
- Federal law requires timely completion of all the correct forms for your claim to receive proper consideration?
- Compensation is determined by your average weekly wage and the type of disability — whether temporary, partial, or permanent?
You must consult an attorney who can help you move forward with your case and your life.
As a claimant, you may be eligible to receive:
- Coverage for all medical expenses
- Benefits for time lost from work
- Death benefits for dependents
- Vocational rehabilitation
Depending on the extent of your recovery, you may also be entitled to receive:
- Permanent Disability Compensation
- Compensation for Loss of Wage Earning Capacity
Keep up to date on the DBA by reading our blog.
Contact Capron & Avgerinos now at (855) 208-3699.
It was horrible. I was in and out of doctors. In constant pain. Unable to do things. Everything was put on hold. At that point, I said, "That’s it. I need a lawyer." That’s when I called Nick.
I do believe this law firm was concerned about my day to day life and how my injury was impacting me and what assistance I may need because of that.
When you’re injured, you want to get back to work as soon as possible. But I lost a lot of wages. …basically, the way they set things up, they said, “…we’ll make sure the checks keep rollin’. If you have a problem or an issue, here’s my cell phone. Don’t hesitate to call day or night.”
The law firm would fight for me until I got what I needed.
Union Representative. Workers' Compensation.
They know these guys. They see them at monthly meetings. They know their families.
Union Representative. Workers' Compensation.
They do the right thing. We need more people to do the right thing these days.