Workers' compensation cases are not lawsuits. Basically, they are claims against an insurance company, with arbitrators to resolve disputes. Disputes are not handled in courtrooms, but at various locations of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission located throughout Illinois.
After your claim is formally filed with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (on the form called "Application for Adjustment of Claim"), you will be assigned an arbitrator and a location based on accident location, employer location or where the employee lives. There are more than 30 locations throughout the state where arbitrators hold hearings on claims.
Informal status calls
Once your case is assigned to an arbitrator, it will be scheduled for an informal "status call" every two months. This scheduling is done automatically. The first date will be on the same Notice of Hearing that informs you of your arbitration location. You do not have to appear at the status calls unless you want action taken on your case (such as when there is a dispute about your benefits).
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