Off-Site Work Injuries
In many cases, employees suffer injuries at work on their employer’s premises. However, off-site work injuries may be covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act if they are directly related to the job. At Therman Law Offices, we help injured workers understand their legal rights as it relates to filing a claim for compensation and benefits. Understanding the importance of a causal connection between employment and injury is critical, and with more than three decades of combined experience, our Wheaton and Schaumburg workers’ compensation lawyers have assisted individuals and their families suffering the aftermath of a work-related injury or condition. We help clients through all phases of their workers’ compensation claims, including appealing claims initially denied.Illinois Workers’ Compensation for Off-Site Work Injuries
Compensable claims under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA) are those that arise out of employment and occur in the course of employment. In many cases, this refers to workers that are performing their tasks at the office, or on worksite premises. Off-site work injuries are usually covered as well, provided the employee was hurt while performing work-related tasks.
Certain factors support a finding that an employee’s off-site injuries were work-related and, therefore, the employee is eligible for compensation. For example, injuries must occur within a zone of employment; they must have a direct connection to working duties, and the injury must not have occurred while commuting, or during unpaid working hours. The zone of employment may include the physical premises, or areas controlled by the employer, such as an off-site location.
Off-site injuries can occur when an employee travels for work, without a fixed job site. Employees often perform tasks away from the office or their company’s place of business. An injury sustained off-site, during a job that requires the employee to leave the office does not necessarily disqualify that employee from compensation. For example, if an employer provides for transportation or reimburses travel expenses for a salesman injured during work-hours, these factors lean toward an injury being caused by employment. Delivery drivers can suffer injuries while en route, and roofers can fall while installing new shingles at a customer’s home. Other off-site injuries may include company-sponsored events, provided that the employer is dictating the circumstances of the event.Types of Compensation Available in a Successful Workers’ Compensation Claim
Successful workers’ compensation claims for off-site injuries may qualify workers for benefits, including coverage for medical expenses. Costs for medical co-payments, out of pocket expenses and other reasonable and related care may be covered, including physical therapy and medication. Documenting all medical care is critical, including for rehabilitation.
If a worker is temporarily unable to work, employers may provide temporary total disability benefits. These calculate as two-thirds of an injured worker’s average weekly wage. Temporary partial disability benefits cover the difference in pay between pre-injury and post-injury earnings. This type of pay is intended to provide relief for workers who return to work but are unable to perform their pre-injury work tasks. For workers suffering more serious, permanent disability, permanent partial and total disability benefits can apply.
Employers and their insurance companies may try to deny workers’ compensation claims. They may argue that because the injury was off-site and it was not work-related. They may also contend the worker’s tasks were not within the scope of employment. If you are facing challenges to your workers’ compensation claim, an experienced lawyer can help you assert a strong claim for relief.Attorneys Prepared to Help in Wheaton and Schaumburg
At Therman Law Offices, our commitment to clients includes helping them assert a strong case for compensation and benefits through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Following an off-site work injury, you may be wondering how to meet all necessary elements of a workers’ compensation claim. With more than three decades of combined experience, our lawyers have provided clients honest and efficient legal representation. We represent clients in Wheaton, Schaumburg, Downers Grove, Lisle, Oakbrook Terrace, Clarendon Hills, Lombard, Villa Park, Glendale Heights, Elmhurst, West Chicago, Lemont, Addison, and Westmont and surrounding areas. For a free consultation, contact our office today by phone at 773-545-8849 or online.