Can I file suit against my employer if I’m injured on the job?

In most cases you cannot file a lawsuit against your own employer for injuries which occurred during the course of your employment. Your exclusive remedy is under the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act. If you are injured during the course of your employment, you do not need to prove negligence on the part of your employer. You can recover compensation for you lost wages, medical bills, and something called partial permanent disability. The Worker’s Compensation Act is a complex set of laws. As a result, except for very minor injuries where you miss no time from work, you should retain a worker’s compensation attorney to represent you.

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