Workplace Leg Injuries

Chicago Worker’s Compensation Lawyers

Leg injuries – including broken bones, torn ligaments or tendons, muscle sprains and strains, and amputations – can be very painful, debilitating, and life-changing. Leg injuries often occur while on the job, especially for construction workers, factory and manufacturing workers, and police officers, paramedics and firefighters. If you suffered a leg injury while on the job, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances of your work-related leg injury, you may also be entitled to additional benefits through a third-party cause of action.

The Chicago worker’s compensation lawyers at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd. focus on helping injured employees obtain the compensation that they deserve following a workplace accident. As dedicated accident and injury lawyers, we are well-versed in the various injuries that can occur in workplace accidents, and we are equipped to handle your legal claim accordingly.

Contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workplace leg injury attorneys.

Types of Work-Related Leg Injuries

Work-related leg injuries vary greatly in type and severity. Some of the more common types of work-related leg injuries include:

•    Broken bones
•    Torn ligaments and tendons
•    Muscle sprains and strains
•    Amputations

Workers’ Compensation for Leg Injuries

If you suffer from a work-related leg injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for any accident or injury that occurs while on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Under Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers can recover the following worker’s compensation benefits after for a work-related injury, depending on the type and severity of the injury:

•    Medical expenses
•    Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment
•    Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments
•    Vocational rehabilitation benefits

Other Legal Claims for Leg Injuries

While workers’ compensation laws prevent an injured employee for suing his or her employer for work-related leg injuries, a third-party claim may be brought against a third-party if the injury was caused or exacerbated by the negligence or misconduct of that party. For instance, if a leg injury is exacerbated by medical malpractice that occurred while the employee was getting medical treatment after a workplace accident, the doctor or hospital may be liable for additional compensation. Similarly, if the leg injury was the result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property while performing job-related functions, the injured worker may be able to pursue legal action against the negligent property owner.

Whereas workers’ compensation benefits are determined according to the injured worker’s salary, personal injury compensation is determined based on the extent of injuries and damages suffered. Compensatory damages cover medical expenses, lost income (past and future), loss of normal life, and pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages might also be available.

Skilled Workplace Accident Attorneys

The Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates are committed to helping injured employees suffering from work-related leg injuries obtain the workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation that they deserve. We will guide you through the entire workers’ compensation process, from finding the necessary medical treatment and obtaining the appropriate medical records to filing a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and advocating on your behalf at a workers’ compensation hearing.

Contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago work-related leg injury attorneys.