Filing for workers’ compensation in Illinois can be an overwhelming process. Unfortunately, making mistakes along the way can delay or jeopardize your benefits.
Avoid these common errors when submitting your workers’ comp claim.
One of the top mistakes is missing deadlines. In Illinois, you must notify your employer of an injury within 45 days. You also must file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission within three years of the injury or last payment of benefits. Mark your calendar and make note of all relevant dates.
Failing to document injuries and treatment
Make sure you properly document your injury from the start. Immediately report your injury to a supervisor and seek medical treatment. Get copies of all medical records and documents related to the injury. These will serve as proof that the injury occurred and that you require ongoing care.
Providing inconsistent details
Be sure to provide clear, consistent details each time you describe the injury. If your story changes or contradicts previous accounts, it can lead to a denial.
Trying to exaggerate your claim
While you want to get the benefits you deserve, exaggerating the severity of an injury or disability can undermine your claim. Provide truthful accounts of your experience.
These are just a few of the most common mistakes that can complicate a workers’ compensation claim. The state of Illinois received 33,250 new workers’ compensation case filings in 2020. With so many applications in the system, it is important to reduce your risk of delays or denials by avoiding these issues.