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Can I file for workers' comp if I get injured in another state?

If certain conditions are present, yes, you may be able to file for workers' compensation in the event that you are injured on the job while temporarily in a state other than where your employer is based. In fact, you may possibly be able to file in both the state where your company is and in the state in which you were injured. Many companies who operate in different states are required to carry workers' compensation policies for each state. However, according to WorkCompCentral, the Illinois Appellate Court recently issued a decision that may blur the lines as to when such separate policies are required.

If your claim was denied, you may still have options

If you suffered an injury while on the clock, filing a workers' compensation claim is likely your only choice when it comes to seeking compensation. However, just because you submit a claim does not always mean that it will be approved. Our staff at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, understand that you are relying on your workers' compensation benefits to receive the medical care you need and some financial support. However, if your claim was denied, it is not necessarily the end of the road.

Social media and workers' compensation cases

When an Illinois worker gets injured on the job and files for workers' compensation, employers and insurance companies often conduct an investigation to make sure the employee is not committing fraud. According to the Insurance Journal, workers' compensation fraud costs carriers $7.2 billion annually so it is an issue that insurers take extremely seriously.

Can I sue my employer for an asbestos-related illness?

According to a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Illinois, the answer depends on the situation you are in. Under certain conditions, you might be able to file a direct civil suit against a former employer for asbestos-related claims, reports the National Law Review.

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