Every workplace holds the potential for an injury, regardless of where you work. Some industries have higher risks for serious injuries, like construction or manufacturing.
Regardless of your industry, the steps you take following a workplace accident could influence how successfully you claim workers’ compensation. Here are three steps to take after experiencing a workplace injury in Illinois.
1. Tell the employer about the accident and injury
It is important that you notify your employer as soon as possible about an injury. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you can notify the employer either in writing or orally. Presenting notification in writing provides firm evidence that the employer received notification of an injury.
2. Seek medical care
Since limitations could exist on where the workers’ compensation insurance covers medical care, check with your human resource department prior to seeking medical help. As a doctor treats your injury, make sure you are clear about how the injury occurred and state that it is a workplace injury. With this information, all billing correspondence goes directly to your employer.
3. Make sure the employer submits a report
Your employer is responsible for submitting the workers’ compensation report to the state commission. This must contain all of your personal information and the details concerning the accident. Follow up with your employer or the state’s commission to track the progress of your claim.
After the submission of a workers’ compensation claim, your obligation is to rest and heal from your injury. Your employer may establish a plan to help you return to work as soon as possible but only do so if your injuries permit.