Posted On: September 16, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Filing of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim Led to His Firing, Says Worker

Ricky Koehler, a Clinton County man, says his employer let him go from his job because he submitted an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. He is now suing Kehrer Brothers Construction and Kehrer Brothers West Roofing for an unspecified judgment and punitive damages.

According to Koehler, he injured his left hand and wrist as a result of his job. He asked for an application for an adjustment of his work injury claim on June 6, 2008.

Koehler says that upon his return to work, a Kehrer officer suggested that he fire the workers’ compensation attorney representing him. Koehler contends that after he refused to let his lawyer go, his employer told him that there was no work available and fired him.

Koehler says that the company’s refusal to give him work was retaliation against him for exercising his rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. He claims that because a Kehrer officer told other people in the industry not to hire him, he hasn’t been able to find work.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
Under state law, injured workers are entitled to all necessary medical care required to treat their work-related injury, illness, or disease. Employers are generally required to carry Illinois workers’ compensation coverage and they are not allowed to retaliate against or harass an employee for availing of his work injury benefits.

In an ideal world, an injured worker would file his Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation claim and receive all of the benefits that he/she is owed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The employer’s insurer may delay payments or even reject the claim outright. This can be very frustrating for the injured worker, who will likely have incurred medical expenses, taken time off work, or may be to sick or ill to resume working. You need an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation law firm representing you.

Injured worker claims he was discharged for filing work comp claim, The Record, September 16, 2010


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

Types of Workers' Compensation, Nolo

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