If you get hurt at work or develop an illness related to your job, you can seek workers’ compensation benefits. Following the Illinois guidelines carefully will improve your chances of qualifying for this program, which covers the costs associated with your injury or illness.
Review the process of applying for workers’ compensation in Illinois.
Notify your employer
Tell your supervisor about the injury or illness diagnosis in writing within 45 days. You should include a description of the illness or injury along with your contact information. For work-related injuries, include information about the date, time and circumstances of the accident. After you provide notice, the company has 30 days to notify the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Your employer may agree to cover your medical bills and provide temporary or permanent disability payments through its workers’ compensation insurance. The company will provide a list of approved doctors you may see for your injury or illness. However, if the company contests your workers’ compensation claim, you may need to file a claim with the state.
File a claim
You must give your employer a copy of the Illinois Application for Adjustment of Claim and file this application with the IWCC along with proof of service to your employer. To receive benefits, you must apply within three years of becoming injured or within two years of receiving your last paycheck before disability.
After you submit the application for adjustment, the IWCC will decide whether you have a valid claim. The agency can order your employer to pay you benefits. If the agency denies your claim, you have the right to an appeal.