In Illinois Workers Compensation law, medical records are very important to the judge (the Arbitrator) when he makes the decision on your case.

He looks for the following in your medical records:

  • History of your work accident
  • References to when your symptoms started
  • Restrictions
  • Off work slips

If it is not in your records that you had an accident at work, or that you complained of neck pain after your fall, the doctor had you off work for one month, or that you are on permanent weight restrictions, then you may have a problem.

You should tell your doctor all of your symptoms, what caused your problems, ask for off work slips, and ask what restrictions you may have.