Does My Employer Have to Cover My Medical Expenses?
Generally, your employer is obligated to cover all necessary and reasonable medical expenses involved in treating your work-related injury.
Though your employer is responsible for covering reasonable medical expenses, you are entitled to choose the doctor who treats you (though you are generally limited to two choices of doctors).
Does My Injury Have to Occur on the Job?
The injury does not need to be caused entirely from the course of your employment — you are also eligible for workers’ compensation if performing your job aggravates a pre-existing injury. You do not need to prove negligence on the part of your employer in order to receive compensation.
It is also important to note that if you are injured by a third party while on the job, you may be eligible to collect compensation from that party in addition to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
Do I Still Get Paid While on Leave for Workers’ Compensation?
Under most circumstances, your employer may be responsible for reimbursing you for two-thirds of your average weekly wage for time missed due to your work-related injury.
What If I Can’t Return to My Previous Job?
If you are unable to return to your job as a result of your work-related injury, your employer is responsible for helping you find new employment. If you have to take a job with lower wages, your employer may be responsible for reimbursing you for a portion of your lost income.
Can I Be Fired for Initiating a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
It is against Illinois law for an employer to harass you or terminate your employment because you have initiated a workers’ compensation claim. If you think you have been terminated due to your claim, you should contact an Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer immediately.
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