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What are the most common questions about workers' compensation?

Most workplaces are relatively safe, but the reality is that many workers are in harm's way every day. Illinois residents expect and deserve to work in areas that are free from potential danger, but that isn't always the case. And, as a result, workplace injuries occur. When this does happen, workers' compensation will likely come into play.

So, what are the most common questions about workers' compensation? The whole workers' compensation system can seem confusing, especially for those who are using it for the first time. Probably the most common question about workers' compensation is, what is it?

Workers' compensation is a system that is in place to provide financial benefits to workers who have been injured on the job or who contract a disease due to working conditions. In most cases, it doesn't matter if the injury or illness was the fault of the employer or the employee, as long as the injury or illness arose out of the course of employment. Other common questions are, who is covered by workers' compensation and when does that coverage start? Our readers may be surprised to learn that virtually all employees in Illinois are covered in the workers' compensation system - and that coverage begins immediately.

When Illinois residents are injured on the job, it is important to realize that certain steps in the workers' compensation system need to be taken immediately, like getting medical treatment and informing the employer of the injury or illness. Workers' compensation is available to most employees in Illinois.

Source: iwcc.il.gov, "HANDBOOK ON WORKERS' COMPENSATION AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES," Accessed March 26, 2017

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