Coal Miner, Coal Miner, shining your light. Working in a mine shaft dark as the night. What you gonna do before you go back in? Gonna ask the Lord to let me come out again. (from the song “West Virginia Coal Miner” by Roger White.)

If you enjoy Netflix as much as I do, you

It took a while, but the “first edish” of The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Field Manual is now available on Kindle and in paperback. If you’re new to Illinois Workers’ Comp, or if you are an injured worker and have difficulty understanding what is going on with your case, this book will help. It addresses

Alan Hampton was a police officer for the Village of Bolingbrook. Hampton was on duty on December 20, 2016 when he responded to an accident with injuries in the center of an intersection. Hampton’s lights and sirens were on. There was a fire vehicle on the scene with activated lights. Hampton tried to position his

If there is a third party case associated with your workers’ compensation claim, you need to be careful about what body parts you list in that contract at the time of settlement! The third district of the Illinois Appellate Court recently decided the case of Clifton Armstead v. National Freight, 2020 IL App (3d) 170777

With all the talk about COVID19 vaccinations in the news, have you thought about how vaccinations in the workplace could result in workers’ compensation and occupational disease claims? The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act has a section that deals directly with vaccinations in the workplace:

Any injury to or disease or death of an employee arising

Never a dull moment. Recently, in the case of Marquita McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville, LLC et. al., the Illinois Appellate Court was called upon to determine whether the exclusivity provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act bar a claim for statutory damages under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act where an employer is alleged

Jurisdiction is a court’s power to decide a case or issue a decree. Remember that the Commission is a state agency, not a court. In a workers’ compensation claim, jurisdiction relates to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s power to decide a case or issue a decree.  

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act gives the Commission jurisdiction

In 1903 and 1904, shortly before the opening of the St. Paul Mine in Cherry, Illinois, the state passed child labor laws that pulled twenty-two hundred boys aged eleven to fifteen from the mines. 

During the recovery efforts following the Cherry Mine Disaster, the chief state factory inspector found out that two young boys were

On September 24, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court filed its decision in the case of Kevin McAllister v. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The Supreme Court held that the Commission’s finding that the claimant’s accidental knee injury did not arise out of his employment is against the manifest weight of the evidence, and reversed

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires that an injured worker give notice of a work accident as soon as practicable, but not later than 45 days after an accident. However, the legislature has mandated a liberal construction on the issue of notice in that no defect or inaccuracy of such notice shall be a bar