Chicago Delivery Service Injury Lawyer
Illinois requires all employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees who are injured or contract an illness while on the job. This includes thousands of delivery workers in the Chicago area. If you are one of those workers, you know the potential safety hazards inherent in your occupation. So if you are in need of legal advice following a work-related accident and need to speak with a knowledgeable Chicago delivery service injury lawyer, Mark Connolly and his team at Connolly Injury Law are here to help.
No-Fault Benefits Protect Illinois Delivery Workers
Chicago-area delivery service workers are often injured in the course of performing their duties. Perhaps the most common safety concern is getting into a car or truck accident. If you are hit by another driver while making a delivery for your employer, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer cannot deny your claim just because the other driver was at-fault for the accident. For that matter, your employer cannot reject your claim if you were partly at-fault. The reason for this is simple: Illinois workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system. The employer’s obligation to pay is not contingent on assigning blame for the underlying accident or injury.
This is important because many work-related injuries are the result of hazardous conditions maintained by the employer. For example, if your employer requires you to handle dangerous chemicals or other cargo in the course of your delivery work, that exposure can lead to serious injuries or even a chronic illness. In some cases your injuries may be so severe that you are unable to return to your previous delivery job. In those situations, workers’ compensation law can provide for vocational rehabilitation or even permanent disability benefits.
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Workers’ compensation and its no-fault rules only cover your employer. They do not address any potential third-party liability. This can be important if you are injured by someone else in the course of making a delivery. For instance, if you are hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, workers’ compensation does not protect that driver from a potential personal injury lawsuit. You can sue the driver and recover damages the same as you would any auto accident case. Indeed, you can often seek compensation in a personal injury setting that would not otherwise be available in a workers’ compensation claim.
But even if there is no third-party fault, it is still in your best interest to work with a qualified Chicago delivery service injury/workers comp lawyer when dealing with your own employer and their insurance company. The reality is that in spite of the no-fault rules, employers and insurers often try and strong-arm injured workers into accepting less than they are entitled to under the law. Do not let that happen to you. If you have been injured in the course of your employment as a delivery service worker and need legal representation, contact Connolly Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.