FAQs

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Is my injury covered?

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In general, any work-related injury is covered by the Illinois workers' compensation system. So long as you were injured while performing tasks associated with your employment, you will more than likely be entitled to benefits.

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Will my employer hold my injury against me?

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No. The law bars employers from using workers' compensation claims against its employees or treating them differently from other workers. You may have additional claims against your employer if it does so.

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When I am injured, what is my first step?

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You first step should always be to notify your employer of the injuries you sustained. You may notify your employer either verbally or in writing, but failure to do so could jeopardize your ability to obtain benefits.

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How do I know if I have a claim for my injury?

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The only way to know if you have a claim is to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. By discussing your case, you can learn your options and decide on the best way to proceed for your specific situation.

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When I am injured, can I choose my own doctor?

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With certain limitations, yes. You should consult with an experienced lawyer to discuss what restrictions, if any, might apply.

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Can I file a personal injury claim for my work related injury?

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The workers' compensation system is set up to be an employee's exclusive remedy against his or her employer. However, depending on your situation, you might be able to file personal injury claims against liable third parties, including nonemployer supervisors, equipment manufacturers, motor vehicle drivers or contractors.

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What if I cannot return to work?

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If your injuries result in a permanent disability, you will be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits. These benefits amount to two-thirds of your weekly income, plus the cost of medical care associated with your injuries.