Whether you work in a Chicago high-rise, along the shores of Lake Michigan, or in the stands at Wrigley Field, every Illinois employee is at risk of being injured. Luckily, the state's workers' compensation law requires employers to purchase insurance that covers work-related injuries and occupational diseases regardless of fault; but it can also prohibit an employee from filing a lawsuit against the employer . If you've suffered a work-place injury or illness, you'll need to learn about your rights and obligations for pursuing workers' compensation in Illinois.
The table below outlines key aspects of the workers' compensation laws in Illinois, including some types of benefits and important timelines.
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What to Do After an Injury
If you've suffered a work-related injury or illness, you should seek medical treatment and inform your employer as soon as possible. Notice should be given to the employer within 45 days, can be oral or in writing, and should include the approximate date and location of the accident. Once you've missed more than three days because of your injury, your employer must submit an accident report to the Commission and do one of the following:
What Should I Do if My Claim Is Denied?
If your claim is denied or there is a dispute regarding benefits, you should file a claim with the Commission and request a hearing within three years of becoming disabled, or within two years after the date of the last payment of compensation, whichever is later. You bear the burden of showing the Commission that you sustained the accidental injury in the course of your employment.
Injured and Overwhelmed? An Attorney can Help
Workers' compensation can be a huge factor in recovering from an injury or illness, but it also involves strict deadlines and copious documentation. An attorney familiar with the workers' compensation laws in Illinois can help you navigate the system. Find a Illinois personal injury attorney near you to get started.
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