A work injury can give you lots to worry about, so it’s even more stressful when you have to worry about the bills being paid. If you’ve gotten a large invoice that you believe your company should have covered through workers’ compensation, you’re likely wondering why they’re not paying medical bills.
Is Your Employer Required to Pay Your Medical Bills?
As part of your Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim, your employer must pay the medical bills incurred as a result of your work injury. They can’t simply deny payment, though they do have the right to challenge certain charges. If there is no payment made, there is either an issue with the employer (not carrying insurance, or discouraging employees from filing a claim, or simply a mistake) or an issue with your workers’ compensation claim. And if your employer insists they don’t have (or need) workers’ comp insurance, something is wrong.
Did Your Employer File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Whether or not your employer is paying your medical bills, they may or may not have filed an official workers’ compensation claim with the state of Illinois. Your first responsibility is to report the injury to your supervisor right away so that it can be documented. But an internal accident report is also not necessarily an indication that a proper claim has been submitted. Verify that your employer has submitted a claim, and seek out an experience Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer if you need help. There are a number of reasons an employer may try not to pay on a workers’ compensation claim, and it’s important to understand what you can do so you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Does My Employer Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
If you’re not getting the information or payment you need, you may wonder if your employer even has workers’ compensation insurance. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission explains,
“By law, employers must post a completed workers’ compensation notice in a conspicuous place in every work site. You have a right to know this information. If you do not see this notice, please contact us (312/814-6611).”
If you don’t see a workers’ compensation notice at your job (or even if you do, and are still wondering), you can search the IWCC’s website for your employer to see if they are in compliance with the law.
Filing an Illinois workers’ compensation claim can be complicated, so it pays to have an experienced workers’ comp lawyer on your side. Contact us or give us a call at 773-522-7000 for a free consultation.