Time Limit for Workers' Comp Claims

Those who have been injured at work often wonder how long they have to file a claim. Others have no idea there is a time limit on their claim at all. Most states have a policy regarding the statute of limitations for personal injury and for workers’ compensation claims. Illinois is no different.

For example, Illinois law requires all injured workers who wish to file a workers’ compensation claim report their injury to their employers within 45 days after sustaining the injury. Without filing a claim, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company is likely to deny your application.

Likewise, there is another statute of limitation regarding the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. You can file a claim 2 years from the last payment of compensation from your job or 3 years from the date of your injury, whichever is longest.

The statute of limitation is usually uncomplicated unless the medical problem involved is more complex. For example, if the injury isn’t a 1-time accident, but a repetitive trauma, it can be difficult to determine the exact date of harm. Likewise, the injury could be cancer or another type of long-term illness caused by exposure to chemicals at work. The exact date of cancer development is probably impossible to determine. In cases like these, the clock on the statute of limitations would begin the moment you learned of your injury or illness.

If you were injured at work and need to file a workers’ compensation claim, don’t hesitate to call us. Our skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys have years of experience helping other workers through their claim and denial appeals. Leonard Law Group has represented more than 7,500 people and has recovered more than $250 million in verdicts, settlements, and awards for their clients. Our attorneys are also dedicated to passionately representing the people we help and working hard to develop a solid professional and personal relationship with each client in order to provide them with the best representation possible. Leonard Law Group also operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t collect fees for representation unless we can get you compensation. Let us see what we can do for you and your case.

Contact us at (312) 487-2513 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.

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