Chicago Police Officer Injured on the Job

A Chicago police officer was pursuing a suspect on foot October 11th when he was bitten by a pit bull terrier. The injury occurred on Chicago's South Side.

According to the Chicago Tribune, "at about 6:19 p.m., two police officers from the Gresham district were on patrol when they stopped to speak with a man who quickly fled as police tried to speak with him, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.

As the officers began chasing the man on foot, someone in the area released the dog which attacked the officers on the 7500 block of Union Avenue, police said."

The officer was subsequently hospitalized, but the injury was not considered life threatening.

Chicago Work Injuries

If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to protection and benefits under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act. This legislation has specific time limits, document submission guidelines and many other requirements that must be met in order to successfully file a Chicago workers compensation claim. While you are legally able to represent yourself, it is not advisable.

Why? You can bet that your employer and their insurance company will be represented by competent Illinois workers comp lawyers. Their primary objective is to defeat claims and/or minimize the total amount of compensation awarded to an injured worker on behalf of their client.

For this reason, injured workers should meet with legal counsel well-versed in Illinois workers' compensation law. An Illinois workers compensation attorney will lead you through the legal process of filing a workers comp claim in Chicago – which can become quite complex – in order to receive every benefit that is allowed them under the Act. The benefits of working with a Chicago Workers Compensation Attorney include:

  • Legal Expertise: Obviously, as outlined above, you do not have the extensive information required to represent yourself as well as a qualified Chicago Workers Compensation attorney.
  • Peace of Mind: Once you are working with a qualified legal professional who you trust, you can focus on getting better, rather than worrying about how you are going to pay your medical bills and compensate for lost wages.
  • Speedier Process: If you are representing yourself, your employer or their insurance company may try to stall or delay the process of your claim. Your Chicago workers compensation attorney will prevent unnecessary and unlawful delays on your behalf so you can receive your workers compensation benefits as quickly as possible.