How to Apply for Temporary Disability in Illinois

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Illinois provides temporary disability benefits to injured workers under the state's Worker's Compensation Act. Temporary disability benefits pays two-thirds of the worker's average weekly wage based on the average actual earnings for the previous 62 weeks.

  • Contact your employer's human resources department as soon as possible after getting injured to inform them of the injury and obtain specific instructions for how to file a worker's compensation claim for temporary disability benefits. Inquire about all deadlines for submitting paperwork, filing appeals, etc.

  • Complete all required paperwork to file for worker's compensation benefits and submit it to your employer's human resources department. Ensure that your employer is aware of what medical providers you have accessed for treatment.

  • Submit medical records supporting your claim for temporary disability benefits. Ensure that these records adequately discuss your injury or illness per worker's compensation guidelines. If you are denied worker's compensation temporary disability benefits, proceed to Step 4.

  • Write an appeal letter that provides your full name, date of birth, exact circumstances regarding the disability and reasons for the appeal. Submit this letter within the allotted time period per your employer's and worker's compensation guidelines.

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