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The importance of reporting your work injury ASAP in Illinois

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

The Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act provides the necessary protection employees need when they get injured at work, but it has strict rules that workers must follow to get the benefits that they need. Among such restrictions is the amount of time you have to report an injury. Therefore, let’s look at why haste is of the essence in this endeavor.

Why is reporting your workplace injury immediately important?

The first rule of thumb is always to report your workplace injury as soon as it occurs. You might be tempted to tough it out or downplay the severity of your symptoms, but this could come back to bite you later on. For one, many employers will have a time limit for when you can report an injury. This is usually set at 30 days from the date of the accident, but it can vary from company to company. If you wait too long and try to file a claim outside this window, your employer could deny your worker’s compensation benefits.

What’s more, if you don’t report your workplace injury right away, it will be harder to prove that it was actually caused by something at work. Your employer could argue that your injury resulted from a pre-existing condition or something that occurred at home. However, by reporting your injury immediately, you can help ensure that you have the evidence you need to back up your claim.

Steps to take when reporting a workplace injury

Let your employer know about the accident and make sure they fill out an accident report. This will document what happened and when it occurred. You should also get copies of this report for yourself.

Next, seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is important for two reasons. First, you need to make sure your injuries are treated and that you’re on the road to recovery. Second, you’ll need documentation of your injuries from a doctor to file a claim.

Finally, once you have all of the necessary documentation, you can begin filing a claim with the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission. You can do this yourself or hire an attorney to help you with the process.

Worker’s compensation benefits cover medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages while recovering. If you believe you received an unfair settlement or your request is denied altogether, you have a right to appeal to a different court in Illinois.