Letting the Workers’ Compensation insurance company know about your injury is not the same as filing a claim.

Filling out an accident report is not the same as filing a claim.

Filing an application of claim gets you into the Illinois Workers’ Compensation System.

Filing an application of claim also protects your rights against being dismissed for not filing in a timely fashion.

It does not cost any money to file a Work Comp claim.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation System has a specific form you must complete.

The Work Comp claim requires the employer’s name and address, your name and address, and the location of where you were injured.

You also must provide the Average Weekly Wage, your marital status, and the number of dependents.

The application requires the body part or parts injured, how you were injured, and the nature of your injury.

Finally, you need to indicate whether you are off work as a result of the injury, and whether temporary total disability is being paid.

Copies of the application are sent to your employer and the insurance company, if known.

Filing the application of claim is the key to moving forward and protecting your interests.

Questions about your Work Comp injury and filing a claim? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.