Illinois Appellate Court addresses when a traveling employee begins to travel

The Illinois Appellate Court Workers’ Compensation Commission Division addressed the question of when a traveling employee’s travel actually begins. The case, Pryor v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, concerned a worker who was injured while moving a suitcase into his personal car while still at his home in preparation for a work trip. The appellate court …

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Illinois workers’ compensation report shows benefit payments have dropped

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has said that the state legislature must make business-friendly changes to the state’s workers’ compensation laws, or he will not sign off on a tax increase meant to avoid severe budget cuts. However, Democrats in the Illinois House said that a report released recently shows that the cost of the workers’ …

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Bill seeks to limit workers’ compensation

An Illinois state senator has introduced legislation that would alter the state’s workers’ compensation law. State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) introduced a bill that would require “primary causation,” meaning that a claim would be paid only if a worker’s injury was caused primarily by an on-the-job accident. Righter said that the more stringent causation standard …

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Illinois woman claims she was fired after filing workers’ compensation claim

A former employee of an Illinois rehabilitation center has filed a lawsuit, claiming that she was fired after filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Penny Lucas claims that she suffered an injury when she fell at work on December 27, 2012. She went to the hospital and was given a post-accident drug test, which came back …

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Former Illinois Police Officer Charged With Workers Comp Fraud

A former police officer for the village of Maryville has been indicted by a grand jury in Madison County, Illinois on charges related to an alleged fraudulent workers’ compensation claim. Richard Turner is facing charges relating to a claim he made in 2009 while employed by the Maryville Police Department. Turner is alleged to have …

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BLS Releases Data on Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released final data from 2011 on nonfatal on-the-job illnesses and injuries that required days away from work. The rate of such injuries was 117 cases for every 10,000 full-time workers, which was statistically the same rate as 2010. The total number of cases with …

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Employers Who Allegedly Failed to Obtain Workers Comp Insurance Are Indicted

Three Illinois employers have been indicted by a Cook County grand jury on Class 4 felony charges for allegedly failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance. If convicted, the employers face 1 to 3 years in the state prison and fines of up to $25,000. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) named the individuals charged as …

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AMA Impairment Guidelines May Negatively Impact Injured Workers

As part of reforms in the Illinois workers’ compensation system, impairment ratings promulgated by the American Medical Association (AMA) are now used by doctors and arbitrators to decide the workers’ compensation claims of injured workers in Illinois. However, this can have a negative effect on the claims of workers, in particular those with permanent partial …

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Nurse Working for State of Illinois Wins Workers Compensation Award

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) has decided a case of a nurse who slipped and fell during an authorized break in favor of the worker. The nurse, who worked for the State of Illinois, was wearing a walking boot to compensate for an unrelated injury. She wished to go out to her car, which …

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