If you can no longer earn as much as you did before the accident, you may be entitled to receive weekly compensation equal to 2/3 of the difference between your old wages and your new wages. However, you cannot be compensated for both loss of wages and loss of use, or permanency, caused by the same injury – you must select one or the other.
Your employer may be responsible for vocational rehabilitation with the goal of training you for a meaningful job within your restrictions that you can perform and for which there is a reasonably stable employment market.
Yes. A claim must be filed within three (3) years after the accident or within two (2) years following the last payment of weekly compensation (not including medical), whichever is later. If death occurs as a result of the accident, claims must be filed within three (3) years of the death, within two (2) years of the last date of payment of weekly compensation, or within three (3) years of the date of the last payment of compensation under the Occupational Diseases Act, whichever is later. For radiation and asbestos exposure, you essentially have 25 years after the date of last exposure to file a claim.
If you sustain a work injury you should consider filing a claim before the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission if you do not receive the benefits to which you believe you are entitled, or if you believe that you may need future medical or that your disability may worsen.