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Protecting Your Employee Rights After An Injury

After being hurt on the job, you are likely concerned about paying unexpected medical bills and making ends meet while you are missing work. Many employees want to get back to work as soon as possible — but don’t know where they stand with their employer after reporting an injury.

At Bonifield & Rosenstengel, P.C., we understand the workplace challenges that accompany a serious accident or injury. Our law firm has helped workers overcome these challenges for more than 30 years. If you suspect you are being treated unfairly by your employer or its insurer, our lawyers can help.

What Are My Rights At Work After An Accident?

If you have been injured on the job, you are most likely entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits for your medical expenses and lost wages. State law also protects your job. Your employer may not terminate your employment as retaliation for reporting an injury.

In addition to important rights, you also have certain responsibilities as an injured worker. You are required by law to report the injury to your employer or supervisor within 45 days of the injury. It is wise to notify your employer in writing and keep your own copy of the report in case you need an attorney down the road.

Can I Choose My Own Doctor?

Your most immediate concern may be getting treatment for your illness, injury or disability. In Illinois, you have a right to see a doctor of your choice after a workplace accident. You do not have to wait for your employer to send you to a doctor. It is best to see a medical professional as soon as possible to begin treatment and start developing records for your case.

We Will Fight For You

Our attorneys have helped many workers protect their employee rights. We have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients throughout St. Clair County and the surrounding area. Let us fight for the maximum available benefits in your case.

Please contact our office in Belleville, Illinois, at 618-215-2412 or 866-223-2525 toll free. During your free initial consultation, you will meet with one of our highly experienced partners, not a paralegal or associate. We look forward to protecting your rights.