Workplace injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, and dealing with the aftermath is often complicated. Many workers in Illinois find it challenging to report these injuries due to several barriers. This article aims to shed light on these challenges and provide practical advice for navigating them.
Understanding the Importance of Reporting a Workplace Injury
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured during employment. In Illinois, timely workplace injury reporting is crucial for claiming these benefits. Workers have 45 days to report an accidental injury and 90 days to report a radiation exposure injury.
Identifying the Challenges in Reporting a Workplace Injury
Several obstacles can prevent workers from reporting injuries. Fear of retaliation from employers, lack of knowledge about the process, language barriers, and ignorance about worker rights are some common challenges that Illinois workers face....