Teaching is a rewarding profession, but like any other occupation, it comes with its share of risks. In Illinois, if a teacher faces an injury while on the job, it is best to be aware of the steps to receive reimbursement for treatment.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 100,000 injuries in Illinois during 2021. If you receive an injury at work, you must be aware of workers’ compensation laws. These regulations should support you throughout treatment and recovery.
Report the injury
When an injury occurs, the first step for a teacher is to report it promptly to the school administration. This initial report creates an official record, laying the foundation for a workers’ compensation claim. Failure to notify the administration might complicate the process later on.
Seek medical attention
After reporting the injury, see a doctor as soon as possible. In Illinois, teachers have the right to choose their healthcare provider for these claims. Keep all documentation related to the incident, as these records are important for calculating reimbursement.
Apply for reimbursement
Illinois provides a structured procedure for workers’ compensation claims. Familiarize yourself with the required forms, such as the Application for Adjustment of Claim, which initiates the process. Submitting these forms on time is vital for a smooth and efficient resolution.
Return to work
In some cases, teachers may be able to return to work with modified duties while recovering. Speak with your school administration. Your medical team will provide documentation outlining the modified duties required during your recovery period.
Know your rights
Teachers have the right to seek workers’ compensation without fear of retaliation from their employers. Be aware of your rights and report any form of discrimination or adverse actions.
By following these steps, you can focus on recovery while also having financial assistance in place.