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At Grazian & Volpe, our workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 75 years of collective experience helping injured employees recover emotionally, physically, and financially after workplace accidents in Chicago and surrounding cities like Cicero, Oak Lawn, and Berwyn take their toll

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Most Illinois Employers Are Legally Obligated to Provide Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Almost all Illinois employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to help injured workers in the state pay for their medical bills and living expenses while they recover. Employees are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault or contributed to the workplace accident or exposure. To claim benefits through this no-fault system, injured employees can file workers’ compensation claims against their employer’s insurance policy. 

Although the system was designed to be streamlined, workers’ compensation insurance companies frequently use loopholes and dishonest tactics to minimize, or even avoid paying work injury claims. As a result, injured workers are often left to shoulder the financial burdens their workplace accidents cause. In many cases, victims are forced to delay medical treatment for their injuries. They are unable to pay their bills. They may even struggle to put food on the table. Our work injury lawyers are here to put an end to the insurance company’s unscrupulous ways.

How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois

Taking the following steps can help ensure you receive appropriate compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages after a workplace accident. 

  1. Report Your Injuries to Your Employer. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires you to report your injuries within 45 of the accident or exposure. If you fail to notify your employer in time, you could be barred from recovering compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. 
  2. Get Evaluated by a Medical Professional. Getting evaluated by a healthcare professional as soon as possible after your accident is critical to your well-being and the success of your work injury claim. You should be seen by a doctor even if you think your injuries are not severe. Some workers with internal bleeding, concussions, or soft tissue injuries may not show symptoms for hours or even days after they were hurt. Additionally, your emergency room or doctor’s office visit can serve as evidence of your condition when you file your workers’ compensation claim. 
  3. Inform Your Medical Team About Your Workplace Injury. Make sure to tell your treating physician about the nature of your workplace injury. If you fail to tell your medical team that you were injured at work, correspondence and billing may not go through the proper channels.
  4. Document Your Work-Related Accident or Exposure. Take photos or videos of the accident scene and anything that could have contributed to your injury if you are able. If your injuries are severe, coworkers may be able to assist you in documenting your accident or exposure. 
  5. Make Sure the Work Injury Report is Filed by Your Employer. Your employer is required to file your work injury report with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) in a timely manner. The report should contain your personal information, details of the accident, and info about the injuries you sustained.
  6. Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions. It is important to follow the medical advice provided by your treating physician. Make sure to take any prescription medications and attend any follow-up appointments. 
  7. Contact the Best Work Injury Lawyer Near You. Our work injury lawyers will help ensure that you are appropriately compensated for your work-related injuries. Without legal help, wages may be miscalculated, medical expenses could be overlooked, or you could fall victim to the insurance company’s unscrupulous tactics.
  8. Be Discreet. Avoid sharing information about your condition, the circumstances of your workplace accident, or any planned activities on social media. Do not perform activities that could jeopardize your credibility. Workers’ compensation insurance investigators may visit your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Use care when dealing with the insurance company. Investigators may call you to request information about how you were hurt. They may even come to your house or follow you to places you frequent. 

Dangerous Jobs in Chicago and the Surrounding Cities

Although anyone can get hurt on the job regardless of his or her profession, some jobs are more dangerous than others. If you work in the following industries, you may be at high risk of suffering a work-related injury or occupational illness.

  • Manufacturing: People who work at manufacturing companies in Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, or Oak Lawn may be subjected to dangerous work conditions. Risks include getting caught in machinery, getting hit by forklifts or falling objects, chemical exposures, and more. 
  • Healthcare: From medical providers in nursing homes to doctors and nurses in hospitals, healthcare workers are some of the most frequently injured employees in the state. Heavy lifting, violent patients and visitors, and exposure to disease cause countless healthcare worker injuries each year.
  • Construction: The construction industry is notoriously one of the most dangerous industries for workers in Illinois. Employees often work from heights, around electricity and heavy equipment, and in confined spaces.
  • Transportation: Workers in the transportation industry are vulnerable to a wide range of workplace injuries that can be caused by traffic accidents, improper lifting or loading, and slips and falls. 

Common Workplace Injuries in Illinois

Thousands of workers suffer on-the-job injuries every day in Illinois. While most injuries are minor and allow employees to go on with their day, others are severe or even deadly. Some of the most common workplace injuries our workers’ compensation lawyers see include:

Repetitive Stress Injuries
Workers who perform repetitive tasks are susceptible to repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Back and Neck Injuries
Falls and heavy lifting cause thousands of Illinois workers to sustain serious back and neck injuries every year. 

Head Injuries
The most common causes of work-related head injuries are auto accidents, falls, and getting struck by objects.

Occupational Illnesses
While some occupational illnesses are caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and other substances, some workers contract diseases when they are under significant workplace stress. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

  • Are temporary employees eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois?
    Almost all workers who are classified as employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance in Illinois. Exceptions include:
    • Independent contractors
    • Chicago police and firefighters
    • Railroad workers
    • People who work on the waterways of Illinois

While independent contractors are usually not offered insurance coverage for work-related injuries, alternative worker protections are available for injured Chicago police officers and firefighters, railroad workers, and workers on Illinois waterways.

  • Can my employer punish me if I file a workers’ compensation claim?
    Illinois employers are prohibited from firing, demoting, withholding promotions, or otherwise punishing workers for filing work injury claims.
  • What benefits are available for injured workers in Illinois?
    Injured workers in Illinois may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and permanent disabilities. They may also be entitled to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits if their injuries prevent them from performing the duties required by their pre-accident jobs.

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