If you are employed by a company in Illinois, you should be informed about the various benefits that could help you if you ever become hurt in a job-related accident or develop a medical condition due to the environment in which you must perform your job. These benefits are part of the state's workers' compensation program. There is not just one type of benefit associated with this program and you may qualify for different benefits based on your situation.
As explained by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, payment for medical treatment is one of the benefit types offered to ill or injured workers. The program indicates it is responsible to pay for care designated as reasonable in order to provide relief from the effects of an injury or to cure a problem. Your surviving spouse or other family members may be eligible for death benefits if you die due to a work-related situation or incident.
If you are in need of assistance to get into a new line of work after a job accident or illness, you may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits to help with this education and transition. All of these benefits may be in addition to financial payments for loss of work due to a disability.
If you would like to learn more about the types of benefits that you may be able to apply for and receive after you have been injured at work or developed a work-related illness, please feel free to visit the financial assistance for sick or hurt employees page of our Illinois workers' compensation website.