Posted On: June 3, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Workers’ Compensation: Cahokia Man Says Allied Services Let Him Go Because He Filed Claim for Injury Benefits

According to Antoine Smith, Allied Services fired him last November because he filed an Illinois workers’ compensation claim for his work injuries. The Cahokia man is seeking over $100,000 plus costs.

Smith, who began working for Allied Services on August 18, 2008, says he was fired on November 12, 2009. He says that he was let go after he got hurt on September 4, 2009, notified his employer about his injuries, obtained medical help, filed his Illinois workers’ compensation claim, took time off work, and started receiving work injury benefits.

Smith says that while he supposedly lost his job because the company had decided to cut the number of workers it employed and he had left work without giving proper notice, he contends that his termination was in fact payback because he availed of his rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Smith says that the reason he was absent from work was because of the injury that he sustained on the job.

Because he was fired, the Smith says that he lost his medical and dental coverage, substantial income, sick leave, vacation time, retirement and pension benefits, as well as his seniority. He also as experienced emotional pain and suffering.

Workers’ Compensation
Each year, thousands of people are injured on the job in the US, while tens of thousands of others will die from an occupational disease. Although you cannot sue your employer for Illinois personal injury or wrongful death for your work-related injury, you are entitled to certain rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Key steps to take after getting hurt on the job:
• Get medical help
• Tell your employer
• Speak with a Chicago workers’ compensation law firm about your case
• File your Illinois workers’ compensation claim

Allied Services worker claims he was terminated after filing for work comp, The Record, May 31, 2010

Hurt on the Job, AFL-CIO

Related Web Resource:
llinois Workers’ Compensation Act (PDF)

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