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Steps To Follow When Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois

Even though an injury on the job is not the ideal situation, it is important to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to receive the ideal benefits. It is required that all employers provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees in Illinois. No matter what the injury or illness may be, Franks & Rechenberg P.C. is here to ensure that you receive the protection you deserve.

If you develop an injury or illness from your job, follow these steps when you are in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim:

  • Be sure to receive the medical attention that is necessary for your illness or injury. Whether your recovery is through urgent care or a regular doctor’s appointment, your medical records are crucial to supporting your claim. 
  • Your employer should be informed of your injury or illness as soon as possible. Illinois allows an employee 45 days to notify an employer of an injury. If you report your condition after 45 days, your claim may be denied. 
  • Once you notify your employer, you should receive a DWC-1 form to complete. You will be required to fill out basic identification information and the details regarding your injury, including when and where it occurred.
  • Hold onto receipts, bills, and any other documentation regarding your injury or illness. Frequently document the condition of your injury or illness and how it affects your everyday life. 
  • Stay in contact with your employer to ensure that you fill out the necessary documents for receiving benefits. 
  • Regularly check on the status of your claim. You should be contacted by your claim examiner once your employer completes their section of the form. 

To receive guidance in the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact Franks & Rechenberg, P.C. today. 

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