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Workers' Comp Lawyer

Have you been injured in a workplace accident? Or have the repetitive motions associated with your job caused you pain or injury?

The workers' compensation attorneys at Rubin & Machado, Ltd., in Chicago, IL, can help you receive the benefits you deserve.

To discuss your workers' compensation claim, schedule a free consultation with our lawyers today...

What Is Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation (commonly called "workers' comp") is a form of insurance that employers must carry in order to provide for their employees when workplace injuries occur. Through a workers' compensation claim, injured workers in Illinois can seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. Family members of workers who have been killed on the job can also file workers' comp claims.

In a perfect world, employers and their insurance companies would do right by their employees and honor their workers' comp claims. However, in the real world, claims are often unfairly denied. That's why injured workers in Chicago turn to our workers' compensation lawyers.

If you are preparing to file a workers' compensation claim, or you need to appeal a claim that has been denied, schedule a free consultation with the law firm of Rubin & Machado. We can help you build a strong case and negotiate with the insurance company so that you achieve your best possible outcome.

Examples of Work Injuries

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Accidents

A workplace accident can happen to anyone, but physical laborers like construction workers, operators of heavy machinery, and warehouse employees are especially vulnerable to work injuries. If you fall from a scaffolding, slip and fall, hurt yourself while lifting equipment, or experience any other kind of injury while working, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim.

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Repetitive Stress Injuries

Injuries sustained over time by constantly repeating the same motions can be just as debilitating as injuries sustained in dramatic crashes or falls. Employees who spend all day typing, scanning barcodes, or performing other repetitive tasks can cause lasting harm to the tissues in their hands, necks, and elsewhere. These repetitive stress injuries are also grounds for workers' comp claims.

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Illnesses

Some lines of work put employees at higher risk of developing serious illnesses or other health conditions. For example, if your work regularly exposes you to unclean air or toxic chemicals, you may contract lung disease or certain cancers as a result. If you suspect that a recent diagnosis is related to your employment, our Chicago workers' compensation attorneys can investigate.

"We can help you build a strong case and negotiate with the insurance company so that you achieve your best possible outcome."

Injured on the Job? Schedule a Free Consultation

When you experience a workplace injury, Rubin & Machado in Chicago, IL, can help you access all the workers' compensation benefits available to you. If you try to file your claim on your own, the insurance company may take advantage of you. You can greatly increase your chances of success by working with our workers' comp lawyers.

We are happy to offer totally free consultations to workplace injury victims. You can request your free consultation right now by filling out our online form or by calling our Chicago office.

Call Us: (312) 327-1840

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Workers' Comp in Chicago What You Should Know

Eligibility

An employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits depends on whether he or she can prove the injury occurred 1) while working  and 2) as a result of performing a job-related duty or responsibility. The injury does not necessarily need to have occurred during normal work hours.

No-Fault

In Illinois, an injured worker is entitled to workers' compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the injury.  It does not matter whether the incident was caused by your own carelessness or by your employer's failure to create a safe work environment.

No Lawsuits

In almost all circumstances, injured workers in Illinois cannot file personal injury lawsuits against their employers. Their only avenue to receive compensation for their injuries is through workers' compensation claims. However, in some scenarios, third parties (such as product developers who created a faulty piece of equipment) may bear liability for workplace accidents. When our workers' comp lawyers review the details of your case, they will recommend a legal approach that can help you achieve the best outcome.

You Have a Right to Compensation


If you've been injured on the job,
it is your right to file a workers' comp claim.

"These cases can be long and arduous, but with our dedicated lawyers by your side, you have the greatest chance of eventually receiving a fair settlement."

What to Expect in a Workers' Comp Case

After a workplace injury, you should first seek medical attention. You have the right to enlist the aid of a workers' compensation attorney at any point in the claim process. So that your claim is as airtight and undeniable as possible, we highly recommend consulting with our attorneys before you file.

Initial Filing

The first step towards receiving compensation is to file a claim with your employer's insurance company. Your claim should include a detailed account of the incident that caused the injury, medical evidence attesting to the severity of your injury, proof of the subsequent expenses, and more. The workers' comp lawyers at Rubin & Machado can help you file a claim that is as comprehensive, detailed, and effective as possible.

Response & Negotiation

Eventually, the insurance company will respond to your claim with a denial or settlement offer. Unfortunately, the chances of the insurance company actually offering you what you deserve are very slim. Remember, insurance companies make money by denying claims. Our attorneys can respond to the insurance company and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement before resorting to an official hearing.

Appeals & Hearings

If the insurance company refuses to treat you fairly, we can help you bring your case before an arbitrator at the Workers' Compensation Commission. This body is the ultimate authority on workers' compensation cases in Illinois, and they can compel your employer or the insurance company to pay you a fair amount for your injury. However, these decisions can be further appealed and rise to higher levels of the Commission. These cases can be long and arduous, but with our dedicated lawyers by your side, you have the greatest chance of eventually receiving a fair settlement.
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Rubin & Machado Ltd.

As a leading personal injury firm in Chicago, Rubin & Machado Ltd. is affiliated with: 

  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Network
  • Illinois State Bar Association

To schedule your free consultation, contact us online or call us at (312) 327-1840.

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