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Employees may be afraid to report workplace injuries

If you've suffered an injury on the job, you are entitled to report the injury and apply for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation law in Illinois allows you to receive medical treatment for a job-related injury and compensation for related expenses, such as lost hours. However, the attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC understand that there are cases when you may need to seek help receiving workers' compensation benefits. For example, your company or its insurance may deny your claim. If this is the case, you have the right to appeal the denial.

Even if you understand how workers' compensation law works, you might be hesitant to report a workplace accident. According to the Wall Street Journal, many people elect not to report their workplace injuries out of fear that their employers will retaliate. Why would an employer punish you for reporting an injury? Your boss might fire or reassign you if your injury resulted in a settlement against your company. Your employer might tell you that you were at fault for the accident and should face penalties. It is also possible that a workplace safety incentive is in place, making you feel pressured not to report your accident if it could result in a prize or incentive being taken away.

Federal law discourages employers from offering prizes or bonuses related to safety goals if it means employees may not report accidents. It also prohibits companies from retaliating against those who report workplace injuries. To learn more about your rights after an on-the-job injury, please visit our page.

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