Posted On: January 17, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Reporting Your Illinois Work Accident To Your Employer

If you were injured in an Illinois work accident, you should tell your employer as soon as possible. You can let them know about the injury either verbally or in writing, although it is a good idea to document the incident in writing.

Usually, Illinois workers’ compensation law requires that you tell your employer that you were injured within 45 days of the accident happening. This will decrease the chances that you won’t receive your benefits as soon as possible. If you wait more than 45 days to report your work accident, you may forfeit all Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

If your injuries occurred because of radiological exposure, you have 90 days after you find out or suspect that you were exposed to too much radiation to notify your employer. If your injuries involve an occupational disease, you need to let your employer know as soon as possible.

Illinois employers who are dealing with workers injured on the job must:
• Make sure the injured worker receives the necessary first aid or emergency medical services
• Inform the workers’ compensation administrator or insurance carrier that there may be a pending work injury claim
• Start paying Temporary Total Disability Benefits if the worker is unable to work for more than 3 days because of his or her work injury
• Give the injured worker all the information he or she needs to be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits
• If the employer decides to deny the employee’s workers’ compensation claim, the company must give the worker a reason.

The best way of making sure that you receive all the workers’ compensation you are owed is to contact an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney who can make sure that you receive your benefits in a timely manner. If your work injury claim was denied by your employer, your lawyer can take the necessary steps to fight for the benefits you are entitled to receive.

Handbook on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases (PDF)

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

In Illinois, contact our Chicago workers' compensation law firm today.

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