Workers’ Compensation

Columbia, Illinois, Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Illinois workers’ compensation covers more than on-the-job accidents. It also covers workers who suffer occupational diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome and illnesses caused by exposure to substances such as mold and toxic chemicals in the workplace. Columbia attorney Stephen C. Buser has more than 30 years of experience helping injured workers in Metro East, Southern Illinois and Missouri receive the maximum compensation for workplace injuries.

Frequently, people settle their workers’ comp claim for less money than they need and deserve. This usually happens because there has not been a proper diagnosis of the degree of permanent injury suffered by the victim. Injured people also make the mistake of not having an attorney properly evaluate their case for third party defendants who may have liability for their injuries. Third party defendants include anyone other than your employer or a coworker, such as an equipment manufacturer, a contractor, a supplier, or anyone else who contributed to your injury.

Third-party claims are common in workers’ compensation claims involving construction accidents, as well as claims involving hazardous chemicals or dangerous or defective equipment. If your lawyer can identify a third party, you can collect compensation for additional damages, including pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, plus full replacement of past and future lost wages.

Another mistake many injured workers make is not getting a lawyer’s advice soon enough. If you wait until your workers’ compensation is denied, it may be too late for your lawyer to:

  • Properly collect and preserve evidence.

  • Properly evaluate your on-the-job injury or illness.

  • Allow enough time to file a lawsuit against third parties who may be liable for your injuries.

To preserve your right to compensation, lawyer Stephen C. Buser suggests you consult an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured on the job.

Free consultationContact Columbia and Metro East workers’ compensation lawyer Stephen C. Buser for a free initial consultation about your case. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no costs unless the lawyer makes a recovery for you by settlement or trial.