The majority of workers in McCook, Illinois, are covered by the state’s workers’ compensation system. This means that when a worker is injured in an on-the-job accident, the employer is expected to pay “no-fault” benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. But every year, more than 50,000 claims are filed by Illinois employees whose workers’ compensation benefits have been denied for one reason or another.
An employer cannot simply ignore a workers’ compensation claim. If benefits are withheld or denied, the employer is required to provide a written explanation. The reasons will vary depending on the case, but here are a few common scenarios:
The most important thing for any employee to remember about Workers’ Compensation is to promptly report any workplace-related injury to the employer as soon as possible. An employer’s obligation to pay workers’ compensation benefits does not begin unless and until the employee reports an injury. Initially, Illinois law sets a 45-day time limit for employees to report an injury, but in most cases it should be reported much sooner.
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied for any reason, you need to speak with an attorney right away. An employer’s decision is not the last word when it comes to workers’ compensation. You have the right to seek arbitration before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. A workers’ compensation attorney can ensure your best case is put forward before the arbitrator.
In many cases, filing a formal claim with the Commission will prompt the employer to offer a settlement. While a settlement offers quicker relief than a formal hearing, it may not be in the employee’s financial interest to accept the employer’s first offer. Here again, the assistance of an experienced McCook workers’ compensation attorney can prove invaluable.
You should certainly never allow an employer to pressure you into accepting a settlement offer without the assistance of counsel. In fact, Illinois law prohibits workers’ compensation settlements reached within seven days of a reported injury. This ensures an employee has the time to seek proper representation in the event of a disputed claim. If you are dealing with a Workers’ Compensation issue and need to speak with someone today, contact the Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at (708) 352-3790 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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