What to Do If You Are Injured on the Job

Chicago Workplace Accident Attorneys

Workplace accidents can happen in any industry – from the airline industry to the construction industry to the food service industry. If you have been injured on the job, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. But it is important that you follow certain steps to protect your right to receive worker’s compensation benefits.

The Chicago workplace accident lawyers at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd. focus on protecting the rights of accident and injury victims, including the victims of workplace accidents. We can help you get the compensation you need and deserve following a workplace accident, including worker’s compensation benefits and any other compensation that may be available through a third-party action.

Contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workplace accident attorneys. We offer 24/7 legal assistance to all of our clients.

What to Do If You Have Suffered an On-the-Job Injury

If you have been injured in a workplace accident or suffer from an on-the-job injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive stress injury, it is important that you take certain steps to protect your legal rights, including the following:

  1. Obtain medical attention as soon as possible, and follow the doctor’s instructions for recovery. 
  2. Promptly notify your supervisor of the injury and how it happened.  The failure to notify your employer within 45 days of the date of the accident may result in a loss of worker’s compensation benefits. Although Illinois law provides for up to 45 days to provide notice, it is recommended that you notify your employer as soon as possible. Notice should be provided in writing and include the date and place of the accident, along with a brief description of the accident and resulting injury, and the employee’s contact information.  Notice – whether given verbally or in writing – must be given to a supervisor or a member of the management team, and notice to a fellow co-worker who is not a member of management is not considered proper notice. Do not sign a blank accident report form and make sure to retain a copy of the completed accident report for your records.
  3. Return to work as soon as you are able to do so.  You may be eligible to receive worker’s compensation benefits for any periodic lost time due to your workplace injury even after you return to work.  Additionally, a worker’s compensation claim can be filed up to two years after the injury occurred so even if you have returned to work, you may be able to pursue a worker’s compensation claim for any previous lost time.
  4. File an Application for Adjustment of Claim form with the Illinois Industrial Commission within three (3) years of the date of accident or within two (2) years from the last payment of weekly worker’s compensation benefits, whichever is later. If the Application for Adjustment of Claim form is not filed with the Illinois Industrial Commission within this time period, you will lose all the rights and benefits provided by Illinois law.
  5. Consult with a knowledgeable Illinois workplace accident attorney.  The skilled Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates have significant experience helping clients obtain worker’s compensation benefits following a workplace injury. We help guide you through the maze of legal obligations and ensure that you file the appropriate documents within the necessary time limitations. Moreover, we can also help you pursue any third-party causes of action that you may have, as well.

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If you have suffered a workplace injury, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workplace accident attorneys.