When you suffer an on-the-job injury in your Illinois place of employment, you may look to your employer to cover your medical care and other related expenses using workers’ compensation insurance. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act details the benefits to which you may have entitlement after a work accident. It also details rules and protocols associated with obtaining these benefits.
Per the Illinois General Assembly, you may have the following common questions after experiencing a work-related injury.
What rights do you have under the IWCA?
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act dictates that your employer must cover your medical expenses after you suffer an on-the-job injury. The act also asserts that your employer must continue to pay you 66%, or two-thirds, of your regular income. Depending on circumstances, workers’ compensation insurance may also have to pay you a lump sum if your work accident leaves you with a permanent disability.
Can your employer fire or retaliate against you?
Your employer may not take any type of adverse action against you because you choose to file for workers’ compensation insurance after a work injury. He or she may not terminate your employment, nor may your employer demote you, cut your pay or harass or discriminate against you.
Are there deadlines for filing workers’ compensation claims?
You have to abide by a three-year deadline when filing a claim for workers’ compensation through the state’s workers’ compensation system.
The state’s workers’ compensation system is complex. If you make a claim for benefits through this system, it may help to have some well-versed in how it works on hand to advocate for your interests.