What Should I Do If My Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied In Illinois?
Workers’ compensation denials are common in Illinois, and there are some understandable reasons for this. The law is complex, and any misstep can lead to a denial. Injuries can be confusing – as well as treatment plans – and that can lead to problems with your claim. But denials are only a part of the process; they do not mean you can’t get compensation.
At Karayannis Law Offices, our lawyers have the experience to help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits even after a setback. We work with clients across Geneva on any type of injury or workers’ compensation issue. Our team is dedicated, and we’re here to answer your questions and provide guidance about all your workers’ compensation denials.
Workers’ Compensation Covers Most Workplace Injuries
Most of the injuries you may receive at work are covered by workers’ compensation, regardless of fault or preexisting condition. The only standard that the state looks to is whether your work caused or exacerbated your injury. You can also receive compensation for an occupational illness – such as carpal tunnel and other repetitive injuries – or even toxic exposure at work.
The bottom line is that if you get injured at work, even if the injury was your fault, you can claim workers’ compensation.
Timeliness Is Important
There are important timelines in place that you must follow. You must inform your employer of your intention to take workers’ compensation within 45 days. You must file your claim with the workers’ compensation board within three years. These may seem like a lot of time, but injury timelines move much faster than most people realize.
Missing a deadline is grounds for denial in many cases. However, there is a great deal of complexity in the deadlines available, and we can advise you on how to move forward in such cases.
There Is A Way Forward
In nearly any work-related injury claim, there is a path forward, including those where your employer says that you were not at work for the injury. While you may require a hearing, and it can take some time to resolve, you deserve every chance to secure compensation for your pain and inability to work.