Posted On: September 23, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Truck Driver Says Employer Fired Him for Filing Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim

In Illinois, most workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. State law mandates that employers provide workers with this coverage in the event of a work accident. It doesn’t matter who or what caused the injury accident.

Unfortunately, obtaining Illinois workers’ compensation isn’t always easy.

On September 15, Brian Elkins filed a lawsuit against Eagle Express Lines, Inc. The trucking company hired the truck driver on April 26, 2008.

Elkins hurt his back while on the job On October 25, 2008. Because of the work accident, he was unable to do his job. He filed an Illinois workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits.

Last June, the trucking company fired him because he failed to reveal certain information about his medical history. Elkins, however, says that he was fired because the company wanted to get back at him for filing a workers’ compensation claim. As a result, the truck driver has lost benefits and wages. He also suffered emotional trauma and has not been able to fully enjoy his life.

Illinois Workers' Compensation
An Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer can deal directly with your company’s insurance company for you and push for you to receive all of your benefits in a timely manner. In the event a dispute arises that requires arbitration, your workers’ compensation law firm can protect your rights and fight for your interests. In certain cases, an Illinois workers’ compensation case may end up in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and possibly even the Illinois court system. Having a work injury attorney who is on your side can only be to your benefit. It is important that you receive all of the work injury benefits that you are entitled to under state law.

Truck driver says he was terminated after work comp claim, The Record, September 21, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

State Employee Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission Awards Act, Illinois General Assembly

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