Medical Expenses & Worker's Compensation
Trust an Experienced Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you’ve been injured, did you know that you may be eligible for payment for necessary medical expenses? Our capable Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers can walk you through the legal details involved with your medical bills and expenses. With decades of collective experience, our team has the knowledge and resources to devote to your case. We take the time to develop a personal relationship with each and every one of our clients. Since 1995, we have obtained more than $500 million in workers’ compensation trial awards and settlements.
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Section 8(a) of the IL Workers’ Compensation Act
Section 8(a) of the Illinois workers' compensation act governs the payment of causally related reasonable and necessary medical expenses. This benefit allows the injured worker to seek treatment from two doctors independent of any referrals from one another as well as doctors or therapists in the chain of referral from these two doctors. The treatment must be reasonable and necessary and aid in the injured worker's recovery. It cannot be excessive or unrelated to the injured worker's injury.
Amendments to the Act Governing Medical Expenses
New amendments to the Act give the employer 30 days to respond to a written demand for payment of medical bills by the injured worker or his attorney. The injured worker should conduct a thorough investigation to determine if any unpaid charges remain once his or her treatment is completed. Failure to do so could lead to unpaid bills arising months or years following the settlement or trial of a claim. If this is the case the injured worker could find himself/herself liable for these charges.
Let Leonard Law Group Handle Your Case!
Leonard Law Group will conduct a thorough search with all providers to make sure all charges are paid prior to settlement of your claim. Please note, with the amendments to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act that took effect June 28, 2011, the employee no longer has two choices of medical providers if the employer has a preferred provider program in place on the date of the employee's injury.
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