Reporting a Workplace Injury to an Employer in Chicago
Have you ever heard the saying "no good deed goes unpunished"? Have you ever done what you perceived to be a favor for someone else and then you wished that you never had, because it comes back to cause you a problem later? Well, this certainly can apply to some matters under Illinois workers' compensation law.
For instance, under Illinois law, you have a specific maximum period of time for you to tell your employer that you were injured at work. This is referred to as the "notice" requirement. If you don't tell your employer that you had an accident within this time period, then you will likely be prevented from filing a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and may be unable to seek compensation under the workers' compensation laws.
So if you were injured while working, why wouldn't you tell your employer? Some workers are just trying to do their employer a favor and just don't want to bother them. They worry that it may disturb their boss or make it seem like they are too picky or weak. Others figure that the injury is too minor and believe that the pain will go away with time. They think that if the pain persists, then they can always tell their employer later about the accident. Wrong!
Discuss Your Legal Matter with a Chicago Workplace Injury Attorney
If your employer is not notified within this specific notice period, you'll likely be out of luck. So don't get hurt twice. Let your employer know immediately. It doesn't mean that you have to file a workers' compensation claim, but it at least preserves your right to do so. The Chicago workers' compensation attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC can help you determine your best course of action. So if you have been injured, call us immediately at (800) 996-4824 for free information.