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3 Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation Benefits

May 18th, 2015 at 1:44 pm

workers' compensation, Illinois law, Illinois Workers' Compensation AttorneyWorkers’ compensation is a critical resource for millions of Americans. It provides supplemental income for employees who suffer injuries on the job and cannot return to work.

The legal framework that relates to workers’ compensation benefits is complex, and each case is different. A workers’ compensation lawyer can address your concerns and guide you through the process of obtaining benefits. In the meantime, here are three common questions related to workers’ compensation:

What steps should I take after my injury?

Seeking medical attention should be your first priority after suffering a work-related injury. According to the Workers’ Compensation Handbook, putting off a medical exam may affect your ability to collect compensation, and it may lengthen the recovery time for your injury.

Be sure to keep notes about your injury. This information should include:

  • When the injury happened;
  • What caused the injury;
  • Where the injury occurred;
  • And any reports from your doctor.

You can file your claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This requires three copies of the Application for Adjustment of Claim, as well as the Proof of Service, which states that the employer received a copy of your benefits application.

May I choose to work with my own doctor?

Although you can choose where you seek treatment, there may be certain limitations regarding the number of providers you can see and the particular providers that you may choose. If your employer has created a Preferred Provider Program (PPP), you can choose between two providers in the PPP network. However, if the employer has not established a PPP, you can choose any two providers. This does not include:

  • Referrals from the providers;
  • Emergency care and first aid;
  • And non-emergency care that the employee seeks before reporting the injury to the employer.

Can I lose my job while recovering?

An employer cannot fire an employee as a result of a workplace injury. It is also unlawful for your employer to do anything that would otherwise make you feel uncomfortable about your injury. This includes harassment and discrimination. If your employer has displayed such conduct, you may be able to file a separate lawsuit for damages.

If you are concerned about a current workers’ compensation case and would like to speak to a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight for your rights, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for a free consultation at 630-574-2288. We will review your case and help you get the compensation benefits deserve.

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