You do not need to file a claim to receive workers' compensation because your employer can pay your benefits, even if you do not file a claim. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, though, can order your employer to pay compensation benefits. Even if your employer is already paying your workers' compensation benefits, filing a claim can protect your right to receive future benefits.
Do I pay taxes on my workers' compensation benefits?
Workers' compensation benefits are not taxable under state or federal law. You do not need to report it as income.
Updated: August 2017