If you’ve sustained a work injury in Illinois , there are three potential outcomes. The first outcome would be that of a scheduled lose. Say for instance if you break your arm and after medical treatment you’re able to go back to work, you’re entitled to a percentage of disability for your arm based upon a scheduled loss.
An alternative is, if as a result of the work injury you’re unable to return to any form of employment, you would be entitled to to permanent total disability, which would be two thirds of your wages paid to you for the remainder of your life.
The third potential is, if as a result of the work injury you have permanent work restrictions that greatly limits your income, meaning you were at $30 and because of the work restrictions you were fired from that job and now can only find a job that pays $10 an hour. The workers’ compensation carrier would be responsible for paying two thirds of the difference between the $30 and the $10 all the way up until age 67. If you have any of these cases of permanent total disability of wage differential, we traditionally recommend that you discuss those with attorneys, as those become very difficult cases for you to handle on your own.
If you have questions on this feel free to contact our office.