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Workers’ Compensation 101

Published on February 26th, 2019

Workers’ compensation is based on both state and federal statutes that provide benefits to employees that were injured on the job. This means that medical costs will be covered in the case that you become injured or ill on the job. Workers’ compensation starts the moment that you start a job. If you were injured on the job and you don’t know where to begin, contact our injury lawyer in Rockford for guidance during this difficult time.

The specifics regarding workers’ compensation are different from state-to-state; the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) is the government agency that handles filed claims.

Covered Injuries

The following job-related injuries are covered in the state of Illinois:

  • An injury caused by the repetitive use of a body part while at work
  • A stroke caused by work
  • A heart attack caused by work
  • Pre-existing conditions that are made worse by working
  • Other physical problems caused by work

Injuries that are not covered include injuries from business-related recreational events (unless your employer demands that you go) or accidents that occur during a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program.

The Employer’s Requirements

Under the law, employers are required to buy workers’ compensation or to get permission to self-insure. They must also keep records of work-related injuries and report any accidents that result in a loss of at least three work days. Finally, employers must report and work-related deaths within two days.

If you have been injured on the job, your first step is to seek medical attention. After that, contact our personal injury lawyer in Rockford, Il so our team can help you file a lawsuit.

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