In the Illinois workers' compensation system, nearly any injury arising from and during employment can make someone eligible to file a claim. One of the biggest questions regarding this notion, however, is whether that applies to intentional injuries.
Intentional injuries, as the name suggests, are those that are likely to cause intentional harm to an individual. Examples of this include workplace violence, such as assault and battery.
Does Workers' Compensation Apply to Intentional Injuries?
Although the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act does not explicitly outline intentional injuries, you may still be able to receive compensation. If your employer is negligent in managing employees (and this negligence lends itself to harmful situations) or your safety is compromised by a violent coworker, you may have several options for legal recourse. You may also be able to pursue a claim outside of the workers' compensation system if this is the case.
However, some intentional injuries may be covered by workers' compensation if there is a miscommunication between parties or through no fault of the employee. In most instances, benefits will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your injury and which insurance company administers your claim.
Suffice it to say, intentional injuries can make it difficult to determine whether you will be eligible for workers’ compensation. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney can help you understand the nuances of your case and whether you may be eligible for benefits.
How Our Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorneys Can Help
At Leonard Law Group, our team of experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of your workers' compensation case. As one of the premier Chicago workers’ compensation firms in the region, we strive to provide top-notch legal representation and make sure that your rights are protected throughout the duration of your claim.
If you have been injured on the job and do not know where to turn, contact us today by calling (312) 487-2513. We are standing by to help you get the full and fair compensation that you deserve.