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Filing an Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim

DuPage County Workers' Comp Attorney Serving Illinois

Illinois Workers' Compensation is a no-fault law, and it applies in any cases where a person is injured in the workplace or suffers an illness or injury that was caused by the work they had performed. Even if your actions contributed to your injury, you can still qualify for workers' comp benefits. If you have suffered a work-related injury, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices can assist you in filing a workers' compensation claim. We offer free no-obligation consultations, and our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to get you the benefits you deserve.

Steps to Follow After a Work Injury

After an on-the-job injury, there are three things you should do to make sure you will qualify for workers' compensation benefits:

  1. Seek medical care immediately. Under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act, you may choose your own doctor. By informing your doctor that your injury is work-related, you can ensure that your employer will be billed for the treatment you receive.
  2. Report your injury, orally or in writing, to a person in management at your workplace. This notification must be made within 45 days of the injury, or you risk losing your right to workers' compensation benefits.
  3. File a Workers' Compensation Claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. If your employer denies workers' compensation benefits or disputes that your injury is work-related, you can take steps to make sure you will be properly compensated for your medical care and the income you have lost due to your injury. To file a claim, you must fill out an Application for Adjustment of Claim.

If you have been unable to work for three consecutive days because of your injury, your employer must do one of three things:

  1. Start paying you benefits.
  2. In writing, explain what information is needed in order to begin paying you benefits.
  3. In writing, explain why you are being denied benefits.

Some injured workers worry that filing a claim against an employer could cause negative consequences at work. However, in a workers' compensation claim, most of the communication is usually between your lawyer and your employer's insurance company rather than your lawyer and your employer. In addition, your employer cannot penalize you for filing a workers' comp claim or reporting a work-related injury. If you are fired, demoted, or otherwise retaliated against because you have sought workers' compensation benefits, you can take legal action against your employer to address these illegal actions.

Contact Our DuPage County Workers' Comp Claim Lawyers

If your initial claim for workers' compensation benefits is denied, contact Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices by calling 630-932-9100. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and evening and weekend appointments, and we have the experience to handle workers' compensation appeals. We have 3 convenient locations, including Lombard, Bloomingdale, and Naperville.

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