Important Illinois Workers’ Compensation Deadlines

If you have been injured at work, it is important to contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. There are several deadlines to consider when seeking compensation for a work-related injury, and missing any of them can jeopardize your ability to receive benefits.

Here is a look at some of the major deadlines that will affect your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits:

  • Giving Notice – You must notify your employer of your work-related injury within 45 days. Notice must be given to a supervisor — simply telling a coworker that you were hurt on the job is not sufficient to receive benefits. This notice should be given in writing with the assistance of your Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. Notice can be done in writing or verbally. While oral notice is sufficient according to the letter of the law, it is possible that an employer could lie about having received notice, which could complicate your efforts to receive benefits. For that reason, you should give notice in writing.
  • Filing a Claim – Your attorney will file an Application for Adjustment of Claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This is an important step to take even if you are already receiving benefits. While you have up to three years from the date of the injury or two years from the last benefit payment to file your claim, it should be done as soon as possible.

A capable Chicago workers’ compensation attorney will help you through every step of the claim process.

Speak With a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Rubens and Kress

If you have been injured at work and are in need of a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, you should contact Rubens and Kress. We have a track record of success and we charge no fee unless you collect. To discuss your legal options, contact Rubens and Kress online, at 312-201-9640, or toll-free at 866-890-9640.