If you are injured on the job as part of your employment, you are entitled to benefits provided by your employer’s insurance coverage. This site provides valuable resources in protecting your rights, filing a claim, and managing your health.
Every employee working in Northeast Illinois and the Chicago Metropolitan area has the right to work in a safe environment. When an unsafe workplace or another individual’s negligence causes you injury on the job, you have the legal right to pursue financial recompense through Workers’ Compensation and/or a lawsuit. Below is a list of valuable resources to help you protect your rights, file a claim and recover from your work-related injuries through a variety of support groups and recovery programs.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act – Click on the link here to gain access to a PDF document or Microsoft Word document on the official General Assembly version of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) – This PDF handbook offered by the IWCC provides an overview on the Workers’ Compensation Act, benefits, penalties for fraud, employee notification, reports to submit, and employee options should their employer refuse to pay benefits for a worker’s compensation claim. In addition, it provides valuable information on how to resolve a dispute, arbitration options, settlements and medical benefits along with temporary or partial disability benefits. There are also resources on the latest statistics of Illinois workplace injuries.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – Click on this site for workplace illness, injury and fatalities statistics for regions across the United States, including Northeast Illinois. OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) manages the gathered information, including data on industry injuries and state occupational illnesses, outlined through various demographics.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – This site is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and lists workplace fatalities, illnesses and injuries. This extensive database maintains records on nonfatal and fatal injuries in private industries in the U.S. Records categorize statistics based on geography, industry, occupation, incidences and other characteristics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – This site provides information on workplace safety and health topics including traumatic occupational injuries. It also includes nonfatal and fatal injury data for U.S. civilian workers in a variety of industries including agriculture and construction. Gathered information is current up to the year 2012.
National Safety Council (NSC) – This link redirects you to a PDF file of injury facts collected by the National Safety Council. This extensive file includes occupational injuries and fatalities, Illinois workers’ compensation claims, on-the-job catastrophic events, incident rates, benchmarking cases, demographic data, a work safety index and topics on occupational health.
American Association for Justice (AAJ) – This site provides valuable legal remedy for protecting every employee on the job, along with legal redress for any worker harmed in the workplace environment. The site also outlines different kinds of claims involving compensation for a workplace injury.
AFL-CIO – This link redirects you to an in-depth PDF file titled “Death on the Job.” It provides a national and state profile, including Illinois, on worker health and safety issues in the U.S. This extensive report includes workplace fatalities, injuries, enforcement cases, mine health & safety, coal mining fatalities, OSHA compliance and safety standards along with fatalities investigations listed by state.
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services – This site offers access to a community-based services waiver program for individuals suffering a brain injury. The site describes eligibility criteria and a description of the services provided by the state. Use this site to gain instant access to point of entry offices through contact phone numbers throughout the state.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) – This website lists contact information for chapter affiliates, support groups, rehab facilities resources and a host of available services for individual suffering a spinal cord injury in a work-related incident. In addition, it offers “Knowledge Books” to find answers to specific questions concerning spinal injuries, diseases and illnesses.
Brain Injury Association of America (BIA) – Gain access to valuable resources on this site including alternative medicines, assistive technology, returning to school and handling depression, along with medications, insurance and legal issues. In addition, the site provides solutions for living and working with brain injuries.
Illinois Department of Insurance – Click here for information on Workers’ Compensation insurance along with who must carry the insurance, coverage amounts, and assistance provided by the department. It also lists contact numbers to the commission in regions all throughout Illinois including the Chicago Metropolitan area.
City of Chicago – This official site of the city of Chicago provides pertinent information on workers’ compensation claims for disabilities and benefits for city employees. This includes insurance coverage, claims, wrongful death, personal injury, and administrative appeals.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance FAQ – This link to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission answers many common questions for both the employee injured on the job and the employer providing coverage. In addition, it outlines the penalties charged to noncompliant employers not providing insurance for every employee on their workforce.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission – The website offers a variety of workers compensation forms including accident reports, arbitration decisions, assessments, self-insurance, and case management. The downloadable forms are offered in various versions including PDF and Microsoft Word. These forms can be sent electronically.
Qualifying for workers compensation usually involves being injured on the job during the course of your current employment. If not cover by workers’ compensation, you still have the legal right to file a lawsuit for financial recompense. However, it is essential to notify your employer as quickly as possible to file an accident/incident report. To ensure your claim is handled properly, it is likely wise to hire a qualified, aggressive attorney to provide you legal representation.
Not every injury is obvious or immediate. Many individuals are hurt on the job through exposure to toxic chemicals and materials over time. However, it is important to file a claim promptly, because of the Illinois statute of limitations. A skilled attorney can help you determine the best pathway to take to obtain financial recompense for the damages, loss, suffering and injuries you have endured in your workplace.