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Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and On-the-Job Accidents

Graduate assistants and student workers are covered by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. Failure to follow existing University policies or the provisions of the Act may affect the worker's right to compensation for lost wages or reimbursement for expenses incurred.

Staff and students injured during the course of work duties are requested to report promptly to either the Carle Occupational Medicine Department or the Christie Occupational Medicine Department, or to the respective emergency rooms when the occupational medicine units are closed. Although workers may see their personal physicians, the University will only pay "usual and customary" charges in these situations. Those who go first to the occupational medicine department at Christie or Carle will have all charges paid (including referrals) for compensable on-the-job injuries. Anyone who receives a work deferral for more than three days that is not issued by either of the occupational medicine departments must schedule a follow-up appointment with one of the two departments as soon as practical. It is the sole responsibility of injured workers to keep their departments and the Claims Management Office (810 South Sixth Street, 333-1080) informed of any work deferrals. Hours of operation for the two occupational medicine departments are:

Carle Occupational Medicine, Carle Foundation Hospital, 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., weekdays, Telephone: 383-3077

Christie Occupational Health Department, 101 West University Avenue, C, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., weekdays, Telephone: 366-1310