Back Injuries

How Much Is My Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim Worth?

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Our Settlement and Valuation Guide to Permanent Disability Benefits can help you understand how much your Illinois workers’ compensation claim may be worth.

We encourage every injured worker to educate themselves about the Illinois workers’ compensation system and to consult with an Illinois attorney.


Back Injuries

InjuryAwardDecisionLaw Firm
Annular tear (L5-S1) 12.5% loss of person-as-a-whole (62.5 weeks)17 IWCC 02 PDFRich, Rich & Cooksey, P.C.
Disc protrusion (L5-S1) and lumbar strain4% loss of person-as-a-whole (20 weeks)17 IWCC 143 PDFChadwick & Lakerdas
Disc protrusion and radiculopathy (L4-L5)7.5% loss of person-as-a-whole (37.5 weeks)17 IWCC 378 PDFBrian J. McManus & Associates, LTD
Disc protrusion, nerve impingement and radiculopathy (L5-S1) with decompression and fusion surgery25% loss of person-as-a-whole (125 weeks)17 IWCC 167 PDFRon D. Coffel & Associates, P.C.
Disc protrusions and bulge (multilevel) with discectomy, fusion, and corpectomy surgery55% loss of person-as-a-whole (275 weeks)17 IWCC 361 PDFRubens and Kress
Herniated disc (L3-L4) and stenosis (L4-L5) with two-level disc replacement surgery20% loss of person-as-a-whole (100 weeks)17 IWCC 206 PDFRich, Rich & Cooksey, P.C.
Herniated disc (L3-L4) with decompression surgery12.5% loss of person-as-a-whole (62.5 weeks)17 IWCC 75 PDFSalk & Associates
Herniated disc (L4-L5) with decompression surgery; cervical sprain25% loss of person-as-a-whole (125 weeks)17 IWCC 125 PDFSeidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP
Herniated disc (L5-S1), surgery declined40% loss of person-as-a-whole (200 weeks)17 IWCC 393 PDFBurnett & Caron, Ltd.
Herniated disc (L5-S1), with lumbar decompression surgery15% loss of person-as-a-whole (75 weeks)17 IWCC 263 PDFAceves & Perez, P.C.
Herniated disc (L5-S1), with microdiscectomy surgery15% loss of person-as-a-whole (75 weeks)17 IWCC 204 PDFRomanucci & Blandin, LLC
Herniated disc and radiculitis with decompression and fusion surgery (L4-L5)20% loss of person-as-a-whole (100 weeks)17 IWCC 286 PDF Chepov & Scott, LLC
Herniated disc with decompression and fusion surgery (L5-S1); femoral acetabular impingement with arthroscopic surgery; patellofemoral pain with lateral release surgery35% loss of person-as-a-whole (175 weeks) (3 injuries not differentiated)16 IWCC 858 PDFRich, Rich & Cooksey, P.C.
Herniated discs (L4-L5, L5-S1)1% loss of person-as-a-whole (5 weeks)17 IWCC 321 PDFRubens and Kress
Herniated discs (L4-L5, L5-S1)8% loss of person-as-a-whole (40 weeks)17 IWCC 111 PDFBudin Law Offices
Herniated discs and radiculopathy (L4-L5, L5-S1) with laminectomy/discectomy (L4-L5) and repeat surgery27.5% loss of person-as-a-whole (137.5 weeks)17 IWCC 290 PDFThe Law Office of Raymond L. Asher
Low back pain and degenerative disc disease aggravation4% loss of person-as-a-whole (20 weeks)17 IWCC 134 PDFRich, Rich & Cooksey, P.C.
Low back strain with chronic pain5% loss of person-as-a-whole (25 weeks)17 IWCC 94 PDFStrong Law Offices
Lumbar neuritis and radiculitis, cervical radiculitis, and hip pain4% loss of person-as-a-whole (20 weeks)17 IWCC 163 PDFSandman, Levy & Petrich
Lumbar sprain2% loss of person-as-a-whole (10 weeks)17 IWCC 210 PDFSalk & Associates
Lumbar sprain/strain and aggravation of pre-existing degenerative conditions8% loss of person-as-a-whole (40 weeks)17 IWCC 192 PDFRomanucci & Blandin, LLC
Lumbar strain3% loss of person-as--a-whole (15 weeks)17 IWCC 237 PDFCullen, Haskins, Nicholson & Menchetti
Lumbar strain10% loss of person-as-a-whole (50 weeks)17 IWCC 159 PDFJohn J. Castaneda P.C.
Lumbar strain with sciatica4% loss of person-as-a-whole (20 weeks)17 IWCC 164 PDFSandman, Levy & Petrich
Lytic spondylolisthesis (L5-S1) and radiculopathy (L5), with fusion surgery30% loss of person-as-a-whole (150 weeks)17 IWCC 373 PDFShay & Associates
Radiculopathy (L5-S1)5% loss of person-as-a-whole (25 weeks)17 IWCC 399 PDFLaw Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C.
Spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis aggravation, with decompression and fusion surgery (L4-S1)20% loss of person-as-a-whole (100 weeks)17 IWCC 50 PDFShay & Associates
Spinal stenosis with 3 fusion surgeries (T9-L5 ultimately fused)Permanent total disability benefits17 IWCC 09 PDFLaw Offices of Stuart H. Galesburg
Transverse process compression fractures (L4, L5) 5% loss of person-as-a-whole (25 weeks)17 IWCC 330 PDFGrauer & Kriegel, LLC

Compare your case to the table of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission decisions below that includes:

  • Injury
  • Award
  • Commission decision link
  • Law firm representing the injured worker

Of course, many more factors go into the final valuation of every case that you can read about here.

Back injuries may be compensated with the one of the following types of permanent disability benefits:

This information is provided for educational purposes only.

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