The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits to employees who sustain work-related injuries. At Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck,we have handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases throughout Illinois. Our client list has included employees working in a wide variety of fields.
In over five decades of practicing law, our firm has helped over 50,000 injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. We have successfully prosecuted cases against General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Mitsubishi, the State of Illinois, Caterpillar, Navistar, ComEd, AT&T, University of Illinois, People’s Gas, City of Chicago, United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Android Industries, Airtex Industries, Brose, Bulkmatic, Jewel, Dominick’s, Chicago Park District, General Tire, R.R. Donnelly & Sons, General Electric, Quebecor Printing, school districts, numerous hospitals and nursing homes throughout Illinois. The diversity of our past workers’ compensation cases has ensured that our attorneys are familiar with the specifics of virtually every possible field. Our clients benefit from the breadth of our experience and our exceptional knowledge of workers’ compensation law.
Time Limitations on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims
While technically a workers’ compensation claim is filed against your employer’s insurer and not your employer, you must still notify your employer of any work-related injury. This notification can be in either written or oral form, and it must be made within 45 days of the accident. It is best to make this notification as soon as possible, however.
A statute of limitations also applies to workers’ compensation claims filed with the Illinois Workers Comp commission. Claims must be filed within three years of the accident or two years of the last payment of compensation, whichever is later. In cases of repetitive trauma in which the exact date of the injury is difficult to pinpoint, the statute of limitations may begin at the first diagnosis of the injury or the date at which you first suspected you had an injury and that the injury was related to your work activities. The statute of limitations for workers’ compensation can be confusing and vague, and it is best to discuss your claim with a knowledgeable attorney regardless of when your injury occurred.
If you suspect that you may have a workers’ compensation case, contact us at Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck for a free consultation.