How Does the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process Work in Illinois?

If you are in the unfortunate situation of having to initiate a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois, you may want a helping hand to guide you through the process. Before the actual claim process even begins, the first things you should do are:

  1. Seek medical attention right away. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act allows you to choose your own doctor (though there are limitations on the number of doctors you may see while still being covered by your employer).
  2. Report the injury to your supervisor. This can be done verbally or in writing, but should be done in writing so that you have evidence you gave notice. It’s important to keep in mind that if you don’t notify management within 45 days of the injury, you run the risk of losing your ability to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
  3. Maintain a written record of the incident and any pertinent steps of the claim process. It’s important to keep track of the date, time, and location of the injury, as well as any interactions between you and your employer in relation to the incident and potential disbursal of benefits. Secure the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the incident.

If you have missed at least three consecutive days of work due to an injury, your employer is obligated to do one of the following:

  1. Begin paying you workers’ compensation benefits.
  2. Give you a written explanation of the information needed to begin disbursal of benefits.
  3. Give you a written explanation of why your request for benefits has been rejected.

Here at Rubens and Kress, we can help you start a workers’ compensation claim and will guide you through every step of the process — and there’s no fee unless you collect. If you need help with an Illinois workers’ compensation claim, contact Rubens and Kress online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.