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What Steps Should I Take After an Injury at Work?

March 20th, 2019 at 9:03 am

Cook County work injury lawyerNo one expects to get injured at work. There may be a higher chance of getting into an accident in certain industries, but regardless of what risks exist in the workplace, it is important to understand the processes to follow when an injury occurs. Most employees in Illinois can file a workers’ compensation claim following an injury that requires medical care or results in missed time at work.

Even if a business only has one employee, the employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This protects workers in the event of a workplace-related injury or death. Workers’ compensation insurance will cover any medical expenses, and depending on whether the injury was severe enough to prevent an employee from working, it may also provide disability benefits. Even if the accident was the employee’s fault, in most cases, it will be covered by workers’ compensation. Some exceptions include if the incident occurred outside of company time, such as when driving to or from work, or if the employee was compromised with drugs or alcohol.

If a work-related injury occurs, follow these steps to take advantage of your deserved workers’ compensation benefits:

  • Get Medical Assistance – Your health and safety are the most important things after an injury or accident. If your injury cannot be taken care of by a basic first aid kit, it is important to seek professional medical care. If necessary, call 911 for emergency medical help. Otherwise, you will want to visit an emergency room, urgent care clinic, or doctor’s office right away. When making a claim for workers’ compensation, these medical records will become important.
  • Notify Your Employer – Your employer may already know about the incident, but it is important to officially notify them, preferably in writing. This must be done within 45 days of the incident. If your verbally notified your employer, note the time, date, and the person you spoke to regarding the situation. A claim will be denied if you wait too long to notify your employer, and you will not be eligible for benefits.
  • Know Your Rights – If an injury has resulted in more than three days of missed work from an employee, the employer has to legally report the accident to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. When missing work due to a work-related injury or illness, you are entitled to temporary or permanent disability to make up for lost wages until you can return to your previous position. Your employer is not allowed to harass or threaten you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you are let go during your claim or told you cannot come back after temporary disability because you filed a claim, your employer is breaking the law.

Contact an Experienced Chicago Workers’ Comp Attorney

There is enough uncertainty after experiencing an injury because of work, so you should be sure that you will be able to receive the proper medical care and be compensated for any lost wages. If your claim is denied, or if your employer is discriminating against you, you will need an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Documents/icpnform.pdf

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