Posted On: March 12, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Your Employer Cannot Fire You For Submitting an Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim

A former B & J employee is suing B&J Food Service Equipment for letting her go after she applied for Illinois work injury benefits. Debra S. Frakes says she was let go on June 12. She claims that her termination caused her to lose wages and benefits, as well as experience suffering, pain, mental anguish, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life.

She is seeking over $50,000 in compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
You cannot get fired for submitting an Illinois workers’ compensation claim for injury benefits. Unfortunately, some injured workers don’t realize this and may suffer in silence while paying the financial and emotional costs.

You should file your workers’ compensation claim immediately so that you can start getting your benefits. This should alleviate some of the financial pressure that can build up from medical expenses, rehabilitation, time off from work, and other related costs.

You work hard and you shouldn’t have to suffer financially because an injury occurred while you were doing your job. According to some studies, workers’ compensation claimants who seek out their benefits without legal help are more likely to get less than employees that hired a Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation law firm.

Remember, you cannot sue your employer for personal injury, and the law entitles you to compensation for your work injuries. There is no reason why you cannot make sure you are given the maximum compensation that you are owed.

Work comp claim prompted firing, woman says, The Record, March 5, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Forum

Workers' Compensation, Nolo

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