If you have a job in Illinois, you should be aware of your rights as an employee and how you can protect yourself in a variety of situations. One of these situations may involve after you may be involved in a work-related accident. Another situation that may require your action could be if you develop an illness that is somehow connected to the environment in which you work or the nature of the work you are required to perform. 

These are just some things that may necessitate you seeking assistance from the state’s workers’ compensation program. Every state has its own program for these benefits and in Illinois, it is good to know that these benefits are extended to an incredibly broad range of workers. As explained by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, all private and public employers are mandated to carry workers’ compensation coverage in some manner. This may be via a third-party insurance policy or via their own method to be self-insured.

Religious, medical and educational systems and institutions are included in the requirement to provider workers’ compensation coverage. So too are government agencies at the local, county and state levels. Even a sole proprietorship may provide workers’ compensation benefits to the person who runs the business.

If you would like to learn more about what companies or entities are required to provide some form of workers’ compensation coverage to their employees and how to seek benefits under workers’ compensation, please feel free to visit the ill or injured workers page of our Illinois workers’ compensation website.