Posted On: June 9, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

“Octomom” Settles Workers’ Compensation Case

Nadya Suleman has settled her workers’ compensation case against Metropolitan State Hospital. The mother of 14, who is known as the “Octomom,” hurt her back when she was hit by a desk that was thrown by a patient during a 1999 disturbance at the hospital.

Suleman, who was a psychiatric technician at the time, went briefly back to work following the work accident. She collected nearly $170,000 in disability payments between 2000 and 2008. Now, she will receive a $40,000 settlement—though documents indicate that she is only actually going to get $23,120 once permanent disability payments she already received and attorney fees are deducted.

Suleman had also filed a workers’ compensation claim in 2001 after she was injured in a car accident that occurred while she was headed to a facility to receive medical treatment. She claimed that she had hurt her back, neck, and shoulders during the car crash. Although her employer objected, Sulemen won out at the hearing and she received continued benefits because of her injuries.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
If you are owed workers’ compensation for injuries you sustained while doing your job, there is no reason why you shouldn't be getting paid. Not only will you need your medical expenses related to your injuries covered, but also you cannot sue your employer and you may have to take time off from work. In addition to the effects of any physical pain and suffering, all of this can place a lot of emotional pressure, as well as a financial toll, on you and your family. Do NOT give up hope if your Chicago workers’ compensation claim was denied. Explore your legal options.

Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman settles her workers’ comp case, Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2010

Octuplet mom filed 2 workers' comp claims, UPI, February 4, 2009

Related Web Resource:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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