A workplace accident can happen without warning and leave you seriously injured. When this happens, you may struggle to return to work and maintain your finances.
The workers’ compensation system provides benefits to workers injured on the job. The following FAQs can help you learn more about what this compensation system provides, who it covers and how to get these benefits.
Who does the Workers’ Compensation Act cover?
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the majority of employees hired in the state of Illinois have rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act. You receive this coverage from the very first day you start your job.
What benefits can you receive through workers’ comp?
If you claim workers’ compensation benefits, you can receive medical care to help you recover from injuries caused by the accident and temporary total disability benefits. You may also be eligible for rehabilitation benefits, as well as permanent partial disability benefits or permanent total disability benefits.
What injuries does the workers’ compensation system cover?
You can receive workers’ compensation benefits for any injury that occurs while you perform the duties of your job. For example, if you break your leg while falling off a ladder at work, you will likely become eligible for benefits through the workers’ compensation system.
To support your claim to workers’ compensation benefits, report your injury to your employer right away. You should also follow any treatment and rehabilitation recommendations provided for your physician so that you can progress through the recovery process.