If a person in Illinois is injured on the job and cannot work for an extended period, they may assume they are automatically entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, life is not always that easy and sometimes a person's initial application for workers' compensation benefits in Illinois may be denied. The following are some common reasons for a denied workers' compensation claim.
First, there are laws that determine the timeframe in which a worker must report their injury to their employer and file their claim for benefits. Also, an employer may dispute the claim for benefits. For example, the employer may try to argue that the injury was not suffered on the job, was due to horseplay or for some other reason should be denied. In addition, certain injuries may not be compensable even if they arose out of a person's work duties.