Strong Advocacy For Injured Correction Workers

workcorrectionCorrectional officers face risk of injury virtually every day on the job as they break up fights, disburse prison riots, and deal with other daily on-the-job hazards. It is common for officers at all levels to sustain physical assault injuries, whether working in a maximum security facility, such as Menard Correctional Center, or working in another facility.

At Becker, Schroader & Chapman, we understand the importance of handling your case in a manner that maximizes your right to workers' compensation benefits as well as your right to state disability pension benefits and state retirement pension benefits, when applicable. Call our workers' compensation attorneys to learn more about your rights and to discuss your case.

Our law firm has extensive experience handling workers' compensation cases on behalf of correctional officers of all levels, from first-year officers to lieutenants. A vast number of our successful cases have arisen from physical attacks on guards working at Menard Correctional Center, and in facilities located in Centralia, Vandalia, Pinckneyville, Peoria, and other correctional facilities throughout Illinois.

How Were You Injured?

Sustaining a serious injury in a physical attack or assault is one of many inherent hazards of working as a correctional officer at a state or federal correctional facility in Illinois. Our back injury attorneys have comprehensive knowledge of the legal, medical and red tape issues that frequently arise in these cases, and we work diligently to help you get your treatment approved, your lost wages and benefits approved, and other benefits approved as quickly as possible. We are experienced handling work-injury cases involving all types of prison guard assault injuries as well as injuries sustained when forcibly detaining an inmate, including:

  • Facial injury
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Knee injury (meniscus tears, ACL tears, and other ligament injuries)
  • Back injuries, including injuries leading to permanent total disability
  • Other work injuries

We are also experienced handling other work injury cases common among correctional officers, such as repetitive trauma injury cases, STAPH infections (MRSA), and other work-related injury or illness claims.

If you have been injured due to an assault, attack, or other on-the-job incident, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, disability benefits, and early retirement benefits, depending on the extent of your injuries. It is important to work with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer who understands the unique aspects of workers' comp benefits for government workers such as correctional officers, and who is dedicated to protecting your interests.

We Understand 'Return To Work' And Permanent Disability Issues

Our Illinois back injury lawyers have vast experience handling serious back and spine injury cases on behalf of inmate assault victims. We understand that a serious back injury may result in necessary surgical treatment — and that even after treatment, your back may not immediately be capable of holding up to the wear and tear of your job, or may not ever be capable of holding up to the duties of your job.

We want you to be released back to work when you are physically able, and not a minute sooner. We have exceptional experience and skill in ensuring injured workers return to work in a safe manner, and that they are not released for light-duty or heavy-duty work before they are physically able.

If you suffered a back injury or other injury that prevents you from returning to work in a correctional facility, we are equipped to handle your back injury claim and work effectively to maximize your disability and retirement benefits.

Wage Differential Awards

When a state employee is unable to return to work due to permanent restrictions, our lawyers know how to navigate the vocational rehabilitation portion of a workers' compensation case to maximize the client's recovery. Permanent restrictions related to the ability to restrain inmates will knock a worker out of the job, but may not exclude the worker from other employment.

We know how to keep disability payments coming, effectively making the state pay for a job search If the worker is able to find a job, we can win a wage differential award where the state must pay two-thirds of the difference between what the new job pays and what the correctional officer earned in his or her old job.

Recent cases have resulted in annual tax-free benefits of over $40,000 for the rest of the employee's work life, on top of SERS disability, pension funds and income from the new job.

Contact Becker, Schroader & Chapman

Call our law firm in Granite City to discuss your case with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Or, if you prefer, complete the online form.