Workers’ Compensation Claims Process 

Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ Compensation Claims Process 


If you have been injured on the job, your workers’ compensation claim and the circumstances involved will be unique to your accident, but the workers’ compensation claims process remains virtually the same across the board. Because the consequences of your claim are so important to your ability to regain your health and well-being, however, it is in your best interest to work closely with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney throughout the claims process.  


One: Seek the Medical Attention You Need

If you have been injured on the job, your number one concern has to be your health and recovery, which makes seeking the medical attention you need the most important first step for every worker’s compensation claim. If you have sustained an occupational injury or illness over time, as soon as you exhibit symptoms, consult with a doctor. Early medical intervention is very closely associated with improved prognosis, so do not delay seeking the medical care that you need when you need it. It is also important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions throughout your recovery process.

Two: Let Your Supervisor Know

One of the early steps you should take after being injured on the job is letting your supervisor or boss know that you were injured at work – or that you have acquired an occupational illness or injury. There are tight time constraints in place regarding workers’ compensation claims, which makes letting your employer know about your injury sooner rather than later important. 

Three: Obtain Your Employer’s Response

Once you notify your employer about your situation, the responsibility is on them to provide you with a list of the medical professionals who are approved by the company’s workers’ compensation coverage to provide you with treatment. It is also your employer’s responsibility to begin the claims process with the workers’ compensation insurance provider. Your employer has 14 days to either accept or deny your injury claim (if the injury has caused you to miss at least three days of work) but has 30 days to file an official accident report with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Four: Report in with Your Employer

As the process continues, it is important to check in frequently with your employer about the claims submission process. Additional documentation is often necessary. 

Five: Check the Status of Your Claim

There is no guarantee that your employer will approve every component of your claim, and you may have to begin an appeals process along the way. You can monitor your claim’s status at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Speak with an Experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C. is a Joliet workers’ compensation attorney who is committed to unleashing the full force of her legal experience in pursuit of your claim’s optimal outcome. Your claim is important, and our legal team is standing by to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.



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