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Brian T. McGovern, Esq.

Workers' Compensation

Southern Illinois and Mt. Vernon
Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Brian T. McGovern, Esq. of Mt. Vernon, Illinois provides thorough case management and aggressive pursuit of fair compensation for workers who have been injured on the job.  Our firm has helped many Workers’ Compensation clients in Centralia, Fairfield, Nashville, Salem, Benton, McLeansboro and Flora.

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Workers' Compensation - An Overview

U.S. employers and their employees rely on our dependable workers' compensation system to resolve disputes about vocational injuries and disease and to provide for related worker needs. Workers' compensation benefits are commonly awarded for work-related injury, illness and death, helping to meet the needs of injured workers and their families even when faced with overwhelming situations. If you or your family member is injured or becomes sick in the course of employment, call today to schedule a consultation with a workers' compensation lawyer who can assess your potential workers' compensation claim.

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Employer Retaliation against the Workers' Compensation Claimant

Workers' compensation is sometimes viewed as a compromise between employees and employers: workers give up the right to sue for large awards in court in exchange for certain and timely, albeit relatively lower, reimbursement for work-related injuries and illnesses. Employers accept responsibility for these injuries and illnesses even if they are not at fault, but they no longer have to worry about being tied up in court and potentially liable for large verdicts.

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Workers' Compensation Death Benefits

In addition to workers' compensation benefits for workers for their job-related injuries and illnesses, if such maladies ultimately result in death, certain survivors have the right to receive death benefits through their states' workers' compensation systems. If you are the family member or dependent of an employee who died from an injury or sickness incurred in the course of his or her employment, a workers' compensation attorney can advise you about workers' compensation death benefits.

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Rather than Collecting Workers' Compensation, May I Bring a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

Workers' compensation is usually the only legal remedy for an employee injured or sickened in the course of employment. The public policy behind workers' compensation envisions a bargain between employers and employees in which workers give up the right to sue their employers in court in exchange for the guaranty of workers' compensation benefits. This reduces tension in the workplace by creating a predictable method for resolving employer-employee conflict. Although workers' compensation awards tend to be smaller than those in lawsuits, employees are not left without support during drawn-out court proceedings with unsure outcomes.

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What Are the Vocational Rehabilitation Rights of Injured Workers?

Vocational rehabilitation is the process of rebuilding work skills as part of recovering from an injury or illness. Sometimes an injured individual can eventually return to his or her previous job. If an injury places long-term or permanent limitations upon the person, retraining for a new type of job may be necessary. Depending upon the law of your state, if you require vocational rehabilitation after a job injury or industrial illness, your employer or its workers' compensation insurer, or the state, or some combination of these three resources may be required to pay for your vocational rehabilitation services as part of your workers' compensation benefits.

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Workers' Compensation Resource Links

Federation of 54 labor unions provides information on workers' compensation and links to information on occupational health and workers' rights.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Provides statistics and articles on injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace from the federal government's labor statistics agency.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A free consulting service for workers with disabilities and their employers from the U.S. Department of Labor that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the employability of people with disabilities.

Legal Information Institute
Overview of workers' compensation law from Cornell Law School.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Provides comprehensive information on workplace injuries from a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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