A workplace injury is a serious matter. If you are hurt while on the job, it is important that you notify your employer as soon as possible. Failure to do so may cost you the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits if your injury requires medical attention or causes you to lose time from work.
Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to employees hurt in work-related accidents. These benefits include both paying for an employee’s medical care and replacing income lost due to missed work days. Illinois employers are required to carry sufficient workers’ compensation insurance to provide coverage for all of their employees.
The first step in receiving workers’ compensation benefits is to notify your employer that you have been injured. Ideally, this should be done as close to the time of the injury as possible, such as the same day. By law, an injury must be reported within 45 days.
Once the employer is notified, the employer is responsible for paying medical care and disability benefits promptly. If the employer has any reason to reject benefits—i.e., an employee’s injury was not work-related—it must notify the employee in writing. The employee then has the right to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
The Commission serves as an impartial forum to resolve workers’ compensation disputes. An arbitrator holds a hearing similar to a courtroom trial. The employee and employer may submit evidence regarding the workers’ compensation claim. The arbitrator then renders a decision, which either side may appeal to the Commission. In some cases, a Workers’ Compensation claim may be appealed beyond the Commission to the Illinois court system.
To avoid this potentially extended legal process, many employers will offer to settle a workers’ compensation claim. Employees should always be cautious when considering such offers. The employee may end up receiving less than he or she is entitled to under the law.
This is why it is important to speak with a qualified Brookfield, Illinois, workers’ compensation attorney. You have the right to counsel in a workers’ compensation claim just as you would any other legal matter related to employment. An attorney can assist you in filing your claim, negotiating a potential settlement, and presenting your case to an arbitrator if it becomes necessary.
Workers’ compensation is a highly technical area of law. In addition to understanding the law, you need to work with an attorney who has experience in dealing with medical evidence, which is often critical in workers’ compensation cases. Employers often try to avoid their Workers’ Compensation obligations by arguing that certain medical expenses are “unnecessary” or an employee’s injury was not really work-related. Your attorney can help set the record straight. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey today at (708) 352-3790 if you need to speak with an attorney about your Workers’ Compensation case today.
Thomas A. Morrissey is an experienced personal injury lawyer, trusted to protect the rights of those who have suffered an injury in the Chicagoland area.
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