Posted over 2 years ago. Applies to Illinois, 1 helpful vote
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What should I do immediately after a workplace accident?
If you are hurt, do not just try to work off the pain. As soon as possible, go to either the hospital or to your primary care physician and get all of your symptoms documented.
Always report accidents as soon as possible after they happen, and if possible, fill out an accident report. When you are filling out the report, try to be broad and general in describing the accident rather than specific. The more specific the report, the more likely the injured worker will forget something that may be material. Notification, oral or written, must be within forty-five (45) days from the date of the accident.
Call an experienced Illinois Workers' Compensation lawyer. Calling a lawyer does not cost anything. Proceeding without legal counsel may cost you your right to receive workers' compensation benefits and jeopardize your livelihood. Don't sign anything until your lawyer reviews it.