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    Main Differences between Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Cases

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you have sustained an injury for which you deserve compensation, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim. However, the type of claim that is appropriate for your injury can sometimes be unclear. At Santilli Law Group, we can determine the correct type of claim to file for your injury and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

    • Cause of the Injury

    A workers’ compensation case involves an injury that happened while a person was performing the duties of his or her job. The employer does not have to be at fault in order for the employee to receive workers’ compensation. On the other hand, a personal injury case involves an injury to a person that was caused by the negligence of another. In this case, it does have to be shown that the accused party was at fault for compensation to be awarded.

    • Filing a Claim

    Personal injury claims are filed in a state court. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission handles all workers’ compensation claims and most cases do not involve the court system. However, there are particular cases where a worker who was injured may file a personal injury claim instead of a workers’ compensation claim or even file both types of claims.

    • Possible Compensation

    In Illinois, workers’ compensation policies have undergone several recent reforms. You can currently receive compensation that covers two-thirds of your lost wages, any medical expenses, disability payments, and retraining costs. Like a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury claim may result in the repayment of lost wages and medical expenses, and can also include compensation for pain and suffering.

    It is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately after you have been injured on your job or due to the negligence of another. At Santilli Law Group, we will help you navigate the complicated compensation systems and fight for a positive outcome to your case. For a free consultation, call us today at (312) 854-0943.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

     

    Learn More About Collecting Social Security Disability Benefits with These Resources!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Have you found our recent blog posts to be informative and engaging? If you would like to find out more about qualifying for and collecting Social Security disability benefits, check out the following links. For more information, call Santilli Law Group at (312) 854-0943.

    • The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration is a great place to get trustworthy information pertaining to Social Security disability benefits.
         
    • Explore these guides and resources at Disability.gov to find out more about Social Security disability benefits.
         
    • Find out what medical conditions may automatically qualify you for Social Security disability benefits on this page.
         
    • For a list of disabling conditions that may make you eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits, visit this page.
         
    • Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for answers to commonly asked questions about Social Security Disability Insurance.

    3 Tips for Documenting a Car Accident

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When you are involved in an automobile accident, your first concern should be for your health and that of others involved in the crash. It is also important to document any damage that has been caused by the accident in order to be prepared when filing insurance and personal injury claims:

    • Receive a Medical Evaluation

    If you have any suspicion that you or one of your passengers have been injured, make sure a medical evaluation is performed right away.  Document any injuries sustained by taking pictures throughout the recovery process. No matter what the extent of the damage is, you should keep copies of all medical reports for injuries caused by the accident.

    • Take Pictures of Your Vehicle

    Photograph all of the damage that the accident caused to your vehicle. If you do not have a camera handy, ask a friend to bring one to the scene of the car accident. Take some pictures that show the entire car as well some that clearly show the details of the damage at close range. You may also want to take pictures of the damage caused to any other vehicles involved.

    • Record Details

    While you are still at the scene of the accident, take a moment to recall and record the moments before the crash. Write down the speed you were going, any distractions you may have experienced, how you believe the accident occurred, and any descriptions of the accident given by other parties involved or by witnesses. Take pictures of the scene of the accident and document the road conditions as they were during the crash. In the days following the accident, obtain a copy of the police report for your own records.

    Being involved in an automobile accident can be an emotionally and physically draining experience. By documenting the accident’s details, you will make it easier to receive the proper compensation afterwards. For more information, call Santilli Law Group at (312) 854-0943. Our personal injury attorneys can help represent you following a car accident.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

     

    Know How to Get Disability Benefits

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Have you recently suffered a debilitating injury that you expect to put you out of work for quite some time? If so, watch this brief informational video to find out how to initiate the process of receiving disability benefits from the government.

    From this video, you will learn what research is necessary in determining your eligibility for disability benefits. You will also find out about the application and interview process. One point that is emphasized in this video is the importance of working with a personal injury or worker’s compensation lawyer, as it will improve your chances of being approved for disability benefits.

    If you are looking for a highly experienced team of legal professionals to assist you in your effort to secure social security disability benefits, call Santilli Law Group at (312) 854-0943. We proudly serve residents of Chicago.

     

    What You Should Know About Social Security Disablility

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Most Americans who pay into the Social Security system expect to start collecting their benefits once they retire. Some workers who develop debilitating medical conditions, however, may be eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) before they reach retirement age. If your knowledge of Social Security is basic, explore these five facts to learn more about your Social Security disability benefits:

    1. Workers in Their 20s Can Collect

    A year and a half of work during the three-year period before a disability begins is the minimum requirement for a 24-year-old to be eligible for collecting SSDI. The older a worker is at the time a disability inhibits him from working, the more years he needs to have worked and paid into Social Security in order to be eligible for disability benefits.

    2. Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can Impact SSDI.

    If you are already collecting workers’ compensation benefits for the illness or injury that might make you eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits, the value of your Social Security payments may be reduced.

    3. Spouses and Some Dependents May Collect Benefits

    While certain age restrictions and conditions apply, your spouse and your children, stepchildren, or grandchildren may be eligible to collect benefits based on the work you have done and the contributions you have made to Social Security.

    4. You Can Return to Work While Still Collecting Benefits

    Work incentives on Social Security allow collectors of disability benefits to test their capacity for returning to work without giving up their benefits straight away. A work injury attorney who is well-versed in the rules of Social Security can help you find out more about this.

    5. A Work Injury Lawyer Can Help You Apply For Benefits

    Social Security benefit applications can be confusing. A personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer with an expansive knowledge of Social Security can help you through the application process.

    Are you a Chicago resident who is unable to work because of a long-term illness or other work-disabling condition? If so, call Santilli Law Group at (312) 854-0943 and arrange a free initial consultation to see if you may qualify for SSDI. Our services include worker’s compensation, work injury, and personal injury law.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

     

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