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What Should I Do Following a Work-Related Injury?

June 17th, 2015 at 2:44 pm

injury, workplace injury, Illinois Workers Compensation AttorneyThe Workers’ Compensation Act governs workers’ comp procedures in the state of Illinois. Despite this legislation, many injured workers do not receive the compensation they deserve.

In part, this is because few people understand the legal framework related to workers’ compensation. Sometimes, employers do not take the necessary steps to secure compensation for their workers. If you have received unfair treatment following a work-related injury, be sure to consult an attorney who can assess your case, explain your rights, and provide actionable advice.

Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, workers’ compensation insurance must cover both part- and full-time employees. In some cases, though, it is possible for a worker to jeopardize his or her ability to receive benefits after an injury. This may happen when a worker fails to report an injury immediately after the incident, or does not seek medical attention quickly.

Reporting a Workplace Injury

Some injuries happen during a sudden accident at work. Falls, heavy machinery, and projectile objects are all common sources of workplace injuries.

Other injuries, such as those from repetitive stress, are more subtle. No matter what the source of the injury, though, it is critical that the worker reports it to a manager as soon as possible. Be sure to ask your employer about his or her insurance provider, as well as the steps that you must take to receive compensation.

If you have suffered an injury at work yet did not receive compensation, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for advice. With more than two decades of experience, our firm can represent your interests and potentially recover the compensation that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, call us today at 630-574-2288.

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