What should I do if I've been

INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT?

 

1) EXCHANGE INFORMATION

If you've been in a motor vehicle collisions, always stop the car.  Find out if anybody has been injured.   Exchange identification and insurance information with the other driver.  If you think that the other driver may attempt to leave the scene, write down the license plate number

 

2) CALL THE POLICE

You should always make a police report.  In Chicago the police will not always be able to come to the scene of the accident, if they will not, then you must go to the nearest police station immediately to make a report.  Be courteous and polite with the police at all times.

 

3) GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION

If you've been injured in an accident, go to the nearest emergency room.  If you begin to feel the symptoms of an injury some time shortly after an accident, seek medical attention immediately upon the onset of those symptoms.  It is essential that you do not delay.

 

4) CALL YOUR OWN INSURANCE COMPANY

ALWAYS notify your own insurance carrier that you have been in an accident within 24 hours.  Failure to do so may allow your company to avoid coverage.  You may end up needing to use some of the coverages that you've purchased.

 

5) DO NOT GIVE A STATEMENT

Do not speak to any representative of the other driver's insurance company before speaking to your own attorney.   Whatever you do, do not give a recorded statementRemember, the American civil justice system is an adversarial process.  The adverse insurance adjuster is not there to help you, and may have worked on 10,000 cases before your.  How experince are you?

6) CONTACT YOUR LAWYER

Speak to an experienced attorney within 24 hours of the accident.  Every case is different.  Get a comprehensive, free consultation.   

 

What are my rights if I've been

INJURED AT WORK?

1) WHAT INJURIES ARE COVERED?

Accidental injuries arising in and out of the course of employment are covered  Generally speaking, that means you're eligible for workers comp if you've been hurt while working.  This can include injuries suffered while working at a location other than the employer's place of business or driving.

2) WHAT BENEFITS CAN I RECEIVE?

If you have a compensable case...

  •  Medical bills should be paid through workers comp.
  •  Time of work should be paid at the rate of 2/3 your average    weekly wage.  This is called T.T.D.
  •   A settlement for your permanent disability resulting from the injury can be negotiated in most cases.

3) CAN I BE FIRED FOR FILING WORKERS COMP?

        NO!

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an injured worker for exercising rights pursuant to the Workers Compensation Act.  However, injured workers still must follow the fules of the employer.  Nobody is guarunteed a permanent job.  It can be a tricky  line to walk to exercise your rights and protect your job status at then same time.  Get some good advice!

4) CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN DOCTOR?

Yes.  An injured worker is not limited to only being seen by "The Company Doctor."   However, this right has rules and limits, and has been further restricted by recent changes to the Workers Compensation Act.

5) DO I HAVE A CASE?

Lets find out! 

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