Workers Compensation

Illinois Roadway Workers Need Safe Zone Protection

Without workplace safe zone protection, Illinois roadway workers are at high risk of injury and death from car accidents. Every year, hundreds of roadway workers suffer serious workplace injuries and file injury claims with a workers' compensation attorney. Roadway Workplace Accidents Each year over 20,000 workers are injured nationwide in roadway workplace zones. The leading cause of roadside-related injuries and fatalities is objects and vehicles striking workers. Crushing accidents, specifically being pinned by a vehicle, are the third leading cause of roadway accidents and injuries, followed by runover and backover accidents and … [...]

Proposed Workers’ Compensation Reform Would Hurt Workers

Proposed changes to the Illinois Workers Compensation Act include restrictions to medical services, prescriptions drug, and other benefits. If approved, these changes will result in more workers' compensation denials, an overall reduction in benefits, longer wait times, and unfortunately increasing denials. All sound reasons to keep a workers' compensation attorney on-side. The Grand Compromise Governor Rauner has been putting pressure on lawmakers by not agreeing to any budget unless certain state laws are changed. In response, a 13-bill package called the “grand compromise,” was put together to resolve the budget impasse between the … [...]

New Workers Comp Law in Illinois: What Employees Should Know

Recent changes in the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act have created potential new challenges for injured workers. The stated intention of the changes is to make the program more efficient and flexible. However, the changes are significant enough that the average worker will not be aware of their new options and specific requirements for compliance. These new elements of the law make it more important than ever to contact an experienced Illinois workers' compensation attorney. For example, the amendments that are included in the new compensation establish Preferred Provider Programs. This change affects the manner in which employees … [...]

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation If I Was Injured During Lunch?

When a worker is injured during a break, at lunch or while traveling for business, it can sometimes be unclear whether the injury is covered by workers' compensation laws. A workers' compensation attorney can help analyze the specifics of a case to determine whether benefits may be available for such "off-the-clock" injuries. Accidents on the Job Many break time and lunch injuries are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, even if the employee is engaging in an activity for his or her own personal use, such as using the restroom. For example, if a worker is injured while in the worksite cafeteria, he or she may still be … [...]

Protect Yourself from Repetitive Stress Injury

Blackberry thumb, iPod finger, gamer's thumb.  Do any of these phrases sound familiar?  Maybe not, but if you operate an electronic device in 2014, chances are, you can probably imagine how repetitive stress injuries can occur from even the most mundane tasks.  Workers compensation laws in Illinois not only address issues related to repetitive stress injury, but also offer effective solutions for workers who experience such injuries.  However, the Illinois workers compensation act's notice requirement may pose a roadblock in obtaining effective treatment for repetitive stress injuries.  It is important to recognize what types of work can … [...]

Temporary Employees and the Parking Lot Exception

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District recently held that the "parking lot" exception may apply in cases where a temporary employee is injured in an assigned parking spot on her way to work.  (Suter v. Ill. Workers Compensation Comm'n, 2013 IL App (4th) 130049WC).  In this case, the petitioner, Mary Suter, sustained an arm fracture when she slipped and fell on ice as she exited her parked car on her way to work.  Ms. Suter was a temporary employee, working for the Manpower agency, and assigned to the Illinois Department of Insurance.  She was instructed to park in a spot that was designated for employees of the Illinois … [...]