Workplace accidents usually happen when the worker least expects them. A workplace accident can cause injuries with serious consequences. The US is a consumer society in which workers rely on a regular salary. With this expectation, workers can be devastated by an injury at work. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits cover countless workplace accidents.
Workplace Accidents Covered by Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law
Although many people disagree with worker’s compensation benefits law, it has several positive aspects, such as:
- It covers workplace injuries as long as they are not inflicted on purpose.
- It covers workplace injuries even when they occur because of a worker’s negligence or oversight, unless resulting from the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- It covers the injuries of all company employees, except independent contractors.
Examples of Workplace Injuries Covered by Law
- Slips or falls due to obstacles in the pathway, even if you were on the phone or reading a report.
- Falls due to rugs in poor condition or irregularities in the level of the floor, even when these conditions are not the fault of the employer.
- Sicknesses caused by repetitive motions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or herniated discs.
- Injuries that happen in the cafeteria or lobby of your workplace.
- Injuries that happen outside of Illinois state boundaries, as long as the reason for your trip is related to your work and you were working at the time of the injury.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured at Work?
The first thing you should do is get the medical attention you need to take care of your injury or wound. If the accident happened in front of your supervisor, then he or she should file the report. However, if your injury or fall happened when you were alone, you should notify your employer as soon as possible, within no more than forty-five days of the accident. Otherwise, you will not be able to file a claim.
In the case of illness, you should notify your employer as soon as you realize your physical problem has been caused by your work activities. Finally, it’s advisable to consult a lawyer, especially if your injury or disease is complicated or if the environment at work becomes hostile for you after filing a benefits claim.
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