Illinois Workers' Compensation Law

Dealing with a workers’ compensation claim is easy until it’s not. One day your medical treatment is authorized and your checks arrive on time. The next day your claim is denied, your doctor won’t see you without “authorization” and the workers’ compensation carrier has cut off your weekly checks. You find yourself in the position

The days of walking over to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission with a folder full of applications and requests for hearing are over! Electronic filing is in full swing and the transition has been smooth and relatively painless from a Petitioner’s perspective. The COMPFILE web portal now gives us the ability to file Applications, claim

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

Can you have your wage differential and your perm total, too? In the case of Chlada v. Ill. Workers’ Comp. Comm’n, 58 N.E.3d 848, 405 Ill.Dec. 587 (Ill. App. 2016) , the answer from the Appellate Court was a resounding YES. In this case, the petitioner was employed as a beer truck driver / salesman.

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

Employees such as truck drivers and flight attendants often receive per diem. Per diem is defined as: 

 …a specific amount of money that an organization gives an individual, typically an employee, per day to cover living expenses when travelling on the employer’s business. A per diem payment can cover part or all of

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