Your employer’s workers’ compensation program can provide supplemental income while you recover from a work-related injury. However, overlooking the details may jeopardize your benefits or prevent you from realizing the full value of the program.
Knowing how to utilize your benefits can make a considerable difference in how purposeful they are for you.
Time and communication
Emergency situations often require immediate medical attention, which takes priority above any formalities. Once you receive the treatment you need, be proactive about informing your employer of your situation. File a workers’ compensation claim as soon as you are able. Within this claim provide details about your injury including the following:
- The date and time of the accident
- The accident location
- The accounts of any witnesses
- The type of injury you sustained
- The treatment you received
- The likelihood of your recovery
The sooner you file a claim and the more context you provide, the more efficient the process of acquiring workers’ compensation benefits. Throughout your recovery, communicate regularly with your employer. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, your employer cannot discriminate against you for exercising your rights and utilizing workers’ compensation benefits.
Recovery and goals
Depending on the outcome of your injury, you may have the opportunity of returning to work in some capacity before you have fully recovered. Modified responsibilities, technological support or temporary telecommuting may enable you to resume your duties.
Part of your workers’ compensation benefits may address the process of returning to work. Collaborating with your medical team and your employer, you can assess your situation and determine the best strategies for adjusting to working with an injury. Setting goals for your recovery may help you maintain the motivation you need to continue progressing.
Workers’ compensation benefits can provide sustainable support when used correctly. Timeliness, good communication and goal setting can all help you derive the most value from your benefits.