Illinois’ workers’ compensation law is based on a no-fault system, which means that even if you are at fault for your workplace injury, you are still entitled to full worker’s compensation benefits. If you are being denied, you have every right to hire a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney. However, there are some rare cases where the fault is irrevocably yours.
Here are some common examples of when a workplace injury is not your fault, even though it seems like it:
You can still get your medical bills taken care of and get time off work for these types of workplace injuries.
This doesn’t mean that fault never matters when it comes to a worker’s compensation claim. Here are some rare instances in which it can matter:
While you don’t have to prove that a workplace injury was your boss’s fault, you do have to prove that it occurred at work. Workers’ comp fraud can carry serious consequences so pretending a home-based injury happened at work can land you in hot water.
The workplace injury has to be reported within 45 days. The longer you wait, the less likely your boss may believe your claim and may refuse to cooperate. The insurance company may latch onto this and say you don’t have grounds for a claim.
Whether you were at fault for your workplace injury or not, you deserve compensation. If your boss or the insurance company is denying your claim, get in touch with our Cook County workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens today. We have over two decades of experience helping workers get the compensations they deserve and can help you too. We will take a detailed look at your case before formulating a strategy.