Some workers are excluded from workers’ compensation coverage

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2015 | Workplace Injuries |

Many workers in Illinois have had to take a day off at some point due to illness or injury. It is inconvenient, but usually it is only a minor complaint. However, more serious injuries could mean you are unable to return to work for a prolonged period, leaving you short on wages and perhaps even concerned about your job security.

However, if your injury occurred at work, you might be entitled to compensation. Furthermore, your employer cannot legally dismiss you for applying. While your recovery could still take time, a successful claim could help you cover your medical bills and make up, at least in part, for the wages you have lost. Furthermore, by reporting the incident, you may be able to help protect other workers from similar injuries, as the hazard should be addressed and resolved as a consequence of your accident.

Most jobs are covered by workers’ compensation laws. However, as this article on employee rights explains, there are some exceptions. For example, business owners, railroad employees, volunteers, independent contractors, and farmers are usually excluded. However, this does not mean that there is no way to seek remuneration if you are injured.

Navigating complex legal processes while you are focusing on your recovery can seem arduous. However, you do not need to handle the matter alone as an attorney may be able to provide valuable assistance. He or she can advise you about your options and might be able to assist you with your claim. Your attorney could also prove helpful if you decide to pursue a payout from your insurance provider or to take legal action against those responsible for your injuries.