According to NBC Chicago, the largest employer in Illinois as of 2023 is Google. Common on-the-job injuries for this employer include those associated with repetitive stress injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries result from the repetitive performance of tasks over time, often affecting muscles, tendons and nerves, causing pain and discomfort. Common repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis. If you are suffering from these injuries, you should understand how to properly make a workers’ compensation claim for them.
Notification of the injury
The first step in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois is to notify your employer about the injury. Report it promptly, as failing to do so within 45 days may jeopardize your claim. Provide written notification with details of how the injury occurred.
Seeking medical treatment
After reporting the injury, seek immediate medical attention. The treating physician will evaluate your condition, diagnose the injury and recommend necessary treatment. Ensure that the healthcare provider is aware that the injury is work-related.
Completing a claim form
To file a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois, complete a Claim Application (Form 45) and submit it to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This form requires information about your injury, medical treatment and any time you missed from work.
Your employer must submit an Employer’s First Report of Injury or Illness (Form 45) to the commission as well. This document details the circumstances of the injury and your employment status.
If the commission approves your claim, you may be eligible for various workers’ compensation benefits, including medical expenses, temporary total disability benefits and permanent disability benefits. The amount of compensation depends on the severity of your repetitive stress injury and its impact on your ability to work.
In case of claim denial or disputes with your employer or their insurance company, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission offers a process for resolving such issues. You may have a hearing before an arbitrator who decides based on the evidence you present.
Be aware of the time limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois. Generally, you have three years from the date of the injury or two years from the date of the last workers’ compensation payment to file a claim.
Making a workers’ compensation claim for repetitive stress injuries in Illinois involves following established procedures. Knowing what to do can be beneficial to ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.