What benefits are available under workers' compensation if I am hurt on the job?

If you are injured at work, you are generally entitled to first aid, medical and hospital care necessary to treat your injury.  In addition, you are entitled to receive two-thirds (66 2/3%) of your average weekly wages while you are temporarily and totally disabled and medically authorized to be off from work.  These benefits are known as Temporary Total Disability, or TTD.  If you are found to be permanently disabled as a result of your injury, you are entitled to benefits known as Permanent Partial Disability, or PPD.  In the case of death, your dependents may be entitled to death benefits as provided for by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

If I sustain a work injury, can my employer ask me to undergo a medical evaluation by a medical doctor of their choosing?

Yes.  Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, your employer or their representative has the right to ask you to be examined by a doctor of their choice and, even though their doctor may differ or disagree with your treating physician, your employer or their representative has the right to base their decisions and actions in your claim on their doctor’s opinion.

The requested examination must be scheduled at a reasonable time and place.  Your employer pays for this examination.  Your employer must also pay for travel expenses and meals reasonably incurred.  Furthermore, you and your attorney are entitled to a copy of the examination report.