If you are injured at work, you shouldn’t feel the need to hide it for fear of retaliation. You need to notify the right people of your injury, get treated medically, and then speak with a qualified workers compensation attorney. The team at Simpson Peterson can assist you with your workers compensation claim so you can get the benefits you deserve. If you or someone you know has been injured at work and doesn’t know what to do, call our office at (309)343-6152 or (800)392-4802.
What Is Workers Compensation?
In Illinois, every employer is required to purchase workers compensation insurance. This ensures that workers are adequately protected if they suffer a work-related injury while on the job. Workers compensation can help cover reasonable costs associated with an injury, including therapy, rehabilitation, disability benefits, and death benefits.
How to File a Workers Compensation Claim
Filing your workers compensation claim starts with notifying your employer that you were injured while working within the normal scope of your employment. You should file this notice in writing and ensure that you also have a copy of whatever you submit to management or Human Resources. While you have 45 days to report the accident, you shouldn’t wait too long.
You will then need to file an “Application for Adjustment of Claim,” which must be filed within three years of your injury. However, exceptions to this rule may apply depending on your particular situation. Talk to your attorney if you have any specific questions or concerns. Your employer will respond and request that an approved medical professional examine you. If you were denied your claim, you need the help of an aggressive workers compensation attorney.