Eligibility Requirements for Workers’ CompensationIf you are eligible for worker's comp, you will receive it whether you were at fault for the injury or someone else. However, you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer later, except in a few situations. Illinois workers' compensation attorneys will tell you that to be eligible for worker’s comp in Illinois you:
- Have to be an employee.
- Must work for an employer who carries the insurance.
- Must have a work-related illness or injury.
- Must meet the state’s deadline for reporting said illness or injury.
- File a worker’s compensation claim.
What You Should Do to Get Workers’ CompensationIf you are eligible for compensation, you can still forfeit your claim if you don’t do the following beforehand:
- Get medical help as soon as you are injured or fall sick.
- Follow your doctor's advice and try to heal so you can return to work promptly. Employees who fail to do this and make their condition worse, as a result, can lose their benefits.
- Inform the doctor that your condition is work-related, so they know that your employer will cover the medical bill.
- Provide the hospital or doctor's name and address to your employer and if you change doctors later.
- Hand over copies of your medical records to your employer as proof of your claim, condition, and the treatments you received or have to get.
What Workers’ Comp Doesn’t CoverWorker’s comp doesn’t cover the following ailments:
- Injuries that result from horseplay or fighting.
- Self-inflicted injuries.
- Psychiatric disorders or stress.
- Injuries sustained while you committed a crime.
- Injuries sustained under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or policy violations.
Get the Compensation You Deserve With Help from Robert EdensIf you are eligible for workers’ comp in Illinois, but your claim was denied, contact the Illinois workers' compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens today. We have more than two decades of experience fighting for the rights of employees like you and have an impressive track record of successful cases. Contact us for a free consultation today. We can provide testimonials of satisfied clients on-demand and let you know the expected outcome of your case.