Illinois legislation seeks to make changes in workers’ compensation for paramedics

In the course of their work, paramedics can face many, serious risks. According to the National Association of State EMS Officials, emergency medical service workers are six times more likely to be injured on the job, or to contract an occupational illness, than are employees in other professions. Many paramedics, who suffer from a work-related […]

Illinois appeal court affirms workers’ compensation award for psychological injury

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than four million workers suffer work-related injuries every year in the U.S. Not all occupational injuries, however, are visible. In addition to physical injuries, such as a broken leg or strained back, employees in Illinois, and elsewhere, may also develop psychological injuries, including depression, anxiety and […]

Strengthen workers’ compensation claims with thorough documentation

Generally, Illinois employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses may be eligible for benefits under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. These benefits may include coverage of medical and rehabilitative care costs, disability pay and the costs of long-term care needs. Important documentation for workers’ compensation claims In order to help workers receive the benefits they […]

When does a burn injury meet qualifications for Illinois’ workers’ comp?

Every year, about 45,000 workplace burn injuries occur, according to a 2011 report from the American Burn Association. Burn injuries may not be the most common workplace injuries, but they can be among the most impactful, since they often cause lasting physical and psychological harm. When employees in Chicago, Illinois, sustain burn injuries, they may […]

Things to keep in mind when preparing for a workers’ compensation appeal

According to the records of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, nearly 1,500 workers’ compensation cases were appealed in 2013. Injured workers have the right to appeal if they are denied benefits or offered insufficient compensation. Employees suffering from the aftermath of a workplace accident can increase their chances of a successful appeal by learning about […]

Autoimmune diseases and workers’ comp

Autoimmune diseases are a serious problem in the United States. In fact, they are in the top 10 causes of death for women aged 15 to 64, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Although 75 percent of people who get autoimmune diseases are women in this age group, other […]

How workers’ comp payments are determined in Illinois

When an employee receives an injury on the job, he or she is entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and missed wages due to the injury. Under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, injured workers can receive temporary total disability benefits when they are receiving treatment for an injury received at work and are unable […]

Mistakes to avoid when applying for workers’ compensation in Illinois

According to the Workers’ Compensation Commission, 48,296 workers’ compensation cases were decided in Illinois in 2012. Eleven percent of those cases were dismissed with no compensation. In the immediate trauma and aftermath of a workplace injury, many employees make one or more common mistakes when applying for workers’ comp. To cut down on the possible […]

Proposed changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act in Illinois

A new bill proposed to the Illinois House Judiciary Committee in 2013 aims to reform the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act. This new legislation, known as HB 2229, would draw a distinction between emergency medical technicians and firefighters, giving them different levels of workers’ comp protection. Proponents of the bill argue […]

Illinois considers legislation to create Workers’ Compensation Insurance State Fund

Illinois law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance so they can provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job. Currently, employers must choose between self-insuring and taking out a policy through a private insurance company. However, a bill introduced in 2013, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund Act, would create a state […]

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