What to Do if You’re Injured at Work
It’s a question nobody wants to face: what do you do if you get injured at work? The law protects employees who suffer injuries on the job or as a result of job-related duties, but in order to protect your rights, you need to make sure you know the correct course of action to take following such an incident.
There are a few things that you should do if you get hurt on the job in Illinois:
- Report your injury as soon as possible, and do so honestly. Inconsistencies in your story will hurt your case, and waiting to report the problem will also raise doubts. There’s also the fact that the earlier you report an injury, the earlier the compensation process can start.
- Your health should be your top priority, so it’s important that you get treatment as soon as possible. Getting treatment early has the added benefit of verifying the injury, thus strengthening your case for compensation.
- Hire a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer that you can trust — our team at Rubens and Kress has extensive experience in this area of the law.
If You Get Injured at Work Do You Still Get Paid?
Generally, Illinois law requires your employer to cover necessary and reasonable medical bills that have resulted from injuries sustained while on the job. Your employer may also be responsible for paying up to two-thirds of your average weekly income for the time you’re unable to work due to the injury. If you can’t return to your old job and you end up taking one that pays less, your employer may have to pay part of the difference in your income.
Granted, there’s much more to Illinois workers’ compensation laws than this. Thankfully, the experienced attorneys here at Rubens and Kress can help you figure out what to do if you’ve been hurt at work in the Chicago area. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact us online or by phone at (312) 201-9640 or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.