Cicero, IL asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois

Q: My husband is in the hospital with injuries - it's okay if I report it to

his boss and not him, right? Does that count as notifying them?

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James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Yes, it does. It is even better if you notify them via email or some other way that lets you prove later that you told them about the injury. They need to know (a)he's injured, (b)the general nature of his injury, (c)when it happened and (d)how his injury is connected to his work.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It is impossible for me to know to whom the pronouns refer. You MUST notify a supervisor, owner, or HR about the injury within 45 days or the claim can be denied (even if it is already accepted). It is best to do this in writing or by email so that you have proof that you gave Notice.

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