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Worker’s compensation attorneys will advise you to take your physical therapy treatments very seriously. A great majority of the injuries that are suffered on the job require some level of physical therapy. It is almost routine procedure that after your first doctor visit, you are referred to a physical therapy clinic for the appropriate level of rehabilitation. Physical therapy is not just for massage and muscle relief.
Physical therapists are an integral part of the healthcare team, and their expertise is in movement science. Their job is to help you achieve your highest level of physical function, regardless of your condition. This means that even patients with paralysis and loss of function will be expected to work with physical therapists, as well as occupational therapists. It is important to remember that if you are referred to a physical therapist, this is as important as any medication or doctor visit. Failure to cooperate or participate in physical therapy could jeopardize your claim.
Workers Compensation FAQ
Workers’ compensation is a system of benefits provided by law to most employees who experience work-related injuries or occupational diseases. Generally, benefits are paid regardless of fault.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is the State agency that administers the judicial process that resolves disputed workers’ compensation claims between employees and employers. The Commission acts as an administrative court system for these claims. As the administrative court system, the Commission must be impartial. Staff explains procedures and basic provisions of the law to members of the public, but cannot provide legal advice or act as an advocate for either the employee or employer.
Most employees who are hired, injured, or whose employment is localized in the State of Illinois are covered by the Act. These employees are covered from the moment they begin their jobs.
The Workers’ Compensation Act provides that accidents that arise out of and in the course of employment are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This generally means that the Act covers injuries that result in whole or in part from the employee’s work.
The Act provides the following benefit categories, which are explained in later sections of this handbook:
a) Medical care that is reasonably required to cure or relieve the employee of the effects of the injury;
b) Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits while the employee is off work, recovering from the injury;
c) For injuries that occur on or after February 1, 2006, temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits while the employee is recovering from the injury but working on light duty for less compensation;
d) Vocational rehabilitation/maintenance benefits are provided to an injured employee who is participating in an approved vocational rehabilitation program;
e) Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits for an employee who sustains some permanent disability or disfigurement, but can work;
f) Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits for an employee who is rendered permanently unable to work;
g) Death benefits for surviving family members.
No. Workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable under state or federal law and need not be reported as income on tax returns.
By law, the employer is responsible for the cost of workers’ compensation benefits. Most employers buy workers’ compensation insurance, and the insurance company pays the benefits on the employer’s behalf. No part of the workers’ compensation insurance premium or benefit can be charged to the employee. Other employers obtain the state’s approval to self-insure, which means that the employer will be responsible for paying its own claims. To identify the party responsible for paying benefits, an employee may check the employer’s workplace notice, check the Commission’s website, or contact the Commission at email@example.com or toll-free at 866/352-3033.
The employer is required to pay for all medical care that is reasonably necessary to cure or relieve the employee from the effects of the injury. This includes, but is not limited to first aid, emergency care, doctor visits, hospital care, surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, pharmaceuticals, prosthetic devices, and prescribed medical appliances. The cost of devices, such as a shoe lift or a wheelchair, may be covered. If the work injuries result in a disability that requires physical modifications to the employee’s home, such as a wheelchair ramp, the employer may have to pay those costs as well.
While a case is pending at the Commission, the provider cannot try to collect payment from the employee once the employee notifies the provider that he or she has filed a claim with the Commission to resolve this dispute. This is a practice known as “balance billing.” The provider may send the employee reminders of the outstanding bill, and ask for information about the case such as the case number and status of case. If the employee does not provide the information