At Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices, we can help you with every aspect of your workers’ compensation claim. Our Aurora workers’ compensation lawyers understand that, when you’ve suffered a workplace accident, you need those benefits to pay for medical treatment and to make up for lost wages while you are out of work. Our team works quickly to resolve issues and help you fight for the full amount you deserve. We have offices in Chicago, Aurora, and Champaign and proudly assist injured workers and their families throughout all of Illinois.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements For Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Aurora?
- Do I qualify for workers’ compensation benefits? If you suffered an injury at work while performing some duty connected to your employment, you most likely qualify for work comp benefits.
- How long do I have to give my employer notice of my injury?
You have 45 days from the date of the injury to give notice to one of your supervisors, but do so as soon as possible.
- How long do I have to file a claim? Generally, you must file a claim with the IWCC (not just the work comp carrier) within three years of the date of your accident.
- What if my injury occurred gradually over time?
If your injury occurred as a result of repetitive job duties, your claim would be compensable.
- If I’ve had a prior injury to the same body part, can I still file a claim?
Yes. The work comp carrier would still be responsible for paying any benefits resulting from a new or more extensive injury to that body part.
- Do I have to show that my employer was negligent? No. Work comp is no-fault, so you don’t need to show that your employer was negligent, and your employer can’t allege negligence on your part as a defense to payment of benefits.