The amount of lost wages that you will receive from workers’ comp varies with the nature and extent of your injury, your income, and your work limitations. In Illinois, wage loss benefits under workers’ comp fall into four main categories.
The simple answer: immediately! The sooner, the better. Most employees do not realize
that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires an injured worker to report their injury
within 45 days from the accident date or the “manifestation” date for repetitive trauma injuries,
like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Injured workers filing a workers' compensation claim should avoid revealing personal financial information, agreeing to be recorded, and signing documents. Instead, they should stick to the basic facts surrounding the accident or injury.
When employees sustain injuries while traveling for work, injuries are usually covered under workers' compensation insurance provided by their employer, as long as the injuries are directly linked to work-related duties.
Remote employees in Illinois may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if they are injured while performing work-related duties. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely has become the new normal for millions of American workers.
Illinois employers that have hazardous chemicals must provide personal protective equipment to any employees who work around them. Workers who are sickened or injured because of workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals may file claims for workers' compensation benefits.