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What Employers Should Do When an Employee Reports an Injury

Injuries at Work

No one goes to work expecting to get hurt. However, accidents happen, and when they do, employers have certain responsibilities to their employees. One of those responsibilities is to provide Workers’ Compensation insurance to all of their employees. Workers’ compensation is a system of benefits that has been put in place to pay for medical costs of job-related injuries and diseases. Workers’ Comp covers almost every employee in Illinois and begins from the moment your job begins.

If you suffer an injury on the job, you can likely receive workers’ compensation. As an employee, you will have certain responsibilities in regards to filing for benefits. Additionally, your employer will need to take the necessary steps to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.

What Employers Should Do

When an employee reports any injury, the employer should first and foremost provide first aid and immediately arrange for the necessary medical services. Once the emergent situation is under control, the employer is responsible for notifying the insurance provider or workers’ compensation administrator, even if the employer disagrees with the employee’s claim.

If the injured employee cannot return to work for more than three days due to the injury, the employer is required to begin Temporary Total Disability (TTD) payments, or they must provide the employee a written list of the additional information needed before payments can begin. If they are denying benefits, they must give the employee a written explanation of why benefits are being denied.

Consult with a Trusted Workers’ Compensation Attorney

When you or someone you love is injured, it is very difficult to concentrate on anything other than medical issues. However, if the injury is job-related, it is extremely important to take the necessary steps to ensure you will receive the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. Most employers are responsible people who have the best interest of their employees in mind. However, if your employer is not cooperative, you may find yourself in a very difficult financial situation.

To help ensure your best chance of receiving the benefits you deserve, consult with a knowledgeable Chicago Workers’ Compensation attorney sooner rather than later. Our dedicated legal team at Shea Law Group has extensive experience working with clients that have been injured on the job, and we are here to help you and your family during this difficult time. Contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys today.