Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can have long-term consequences for a person’s life. If you or someone close to you suffered a soft tissue injury in a workplace accident, an experienced Wheaton and Schaumburg workers’ compensation attorney can assist you in understanding your rights and options. We offer practical advice to our clients to help them pursue sufficient compensation for their harm. We are devoted to advising people about their legal and practical options in a timely manner.The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
If you have suffered soft tissue injuries caused at work, you have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits through your employer. Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides benefits to employees who suffer injury or illness in the course and scope of employment. By law, every business must generally carry worker’s compensation insurance to protect their employees in the event of a work-related injury or illness. Not all injuries and illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act typically covers harm resulting fully or partially from the employee’s work, including pre-existing conditions that are exacerbated by the employee’s job, and work-related injuries that occur outside of the workplace. Unlike in a personal injury claim, the injured worker is not required to prove fault for soft tissue injuries or other harm that occurs in the workplace.Common Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury can be sustained in a number of different workplace settings, from desk jobs to factory lines. While some of these injuries may heal from rest, others are more serious, and could even require surgery. Common examples of soft tissue injuries include:
- Sprains: when a ligament is stretched or torn.
- Strains: when a tendon or muscle is stretched or torn.
- Contusions: when a muscle, tendon, or ligament is bruised due to a blow.
- Tendonitis: when a tendon or the covering of a tendon is inflamed due to repeated stress.
- Bursitis: swelling and irritation of the bursa, shoulder, hip, elbow, knee, or ankle.
- Stress injuries: small breaks in the bone or tears in the tissue caused by stress through overuse.
It is important to note that soft tissue injuries are also common among workers who have to spend long periods of time in the car for work related purposes. Irrespective of whether your injury was due to a single incident or is an injury that occurred over time, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, and a skilled work injury attorney can help you pursue your claim.Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury can cause major disruptions not only to your health, but also to your life. The injury can cause you to miss work for a short or extended period of time depending on its severity. Workers’ compensation law was designed to make sure that the injured worker could become whole again after an injury or loss. As such, Illinois workers’ compensation insurance may provide the benefits including: medical and rehabilitation expenses; temporary disability benefits, which are equal to two-thirds of the employee’s average gross weekly wages if the employee is not able to work while recovering; permanent total disability benefits, which are benefits you receive for life if a doctor deems that you are permanently and totally disabled; permanent partial disability benefits, which are benefits you may receive one of four types of benefits depending on your situation; and job retraining.Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Wheaton and Schaumburg
If you or someone close to you has sustained a soft tissue injury due to a workplace accident, you may be entitled workers’ compensation benefits. At Therman Law Offices, our knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers will examine the facts of your case and advise you of your legal rights and options. We proudly represent clients from Wheaton and Schaumburg, as well as Westmont, Oakbrook Terrace, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Lisle, Darien, and Bolingbrook. To discuss your claim in further detail during a free consultation, please call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.