Should I hire a lawyer for an Illinois Workers' Compensation claim?

Yes. Even the most intelligent injured worker is not going to fully understand how to successfully file, prosecute and resolve a Workers' Compensation claim. Issues may arise regarding your employer's failure to promptly pay your Temporary Total Disability, or your related medical bills. If that does occur, legal issues may arise which will only be understood by an experienced Workers' Compensation lawyer. Additionally in order to have those issues addressed, certain arcane procedures often have to be closely followed. Lay persons understandably won't know the procedures. Finally, in order to fully understand the value of your case, you should consult a Workers' Compensation attorney who will have the resources and technology to properly evaluate your claim.