Injuries Requiring Surgery in Chicago
Any physical harm sustained on the job has the potential to create hardship, and DuPage County injuries requiring surgery can be especially difficult. A surgical procedure always has some form of risk associated with it. In addition to the time required for pre-op tests, the surgical procedure itself and recovery, there is always a chance that your injury may worsen. This can lead to lost income, lower earning potential and a permanent change in your quality of life.
However, if you decide to forego the surgery, you could find yourself facing chronic pain that eventually interferes with your ability to work and live life comfortably. It appears to be a no-win situation but here in Illinois you can receive some financial assistance through the state’s workers’ compensation program.
When surgery is needed
Common workplace injuries such as lifting injuries, broken bones from a construction accident and brain injury from a work-related car accident can be the result of a single event, requiring surgery almost immediately. However repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and occupational illness or disease conditions, such as cancer, often develop gradually.
The costs of surgery, rehabilitation and recovery for these types of injuries can be high. As a result, an insurance company may attempt to force you to use alternative treatments that are not medically sound, or they may argue that your injury is not work-related to avoid paying for it.
Protecting Your Interests
Here at Strom & Associates, our work injury attorneys have first-hand experience with these kinds of situations and we protect your interests through the following ways:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding the injury thoroughly
- Obtain police reports
- Gather insurance information
- Interview witnesses
The Illinois statute of limitations gives you two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. Taking action as soon as possible after your injury or illness often increases your chances of approval. However, while it is beneficial to file a workers’ compensations suit early, it is also important to delay settling your claim until we have a clear picture of your recovery time and future medical expenses.
If you have been injured at work, Contact the Chicago surgery lawyers at Strom & Associates at (312) 609-0400 for a free consultation today.