Posted On: December 22, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Independent Insurance Agents Want Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reforms Passed

In Illinois, independent insurance agents are calling on state lawmakers to push through workers’ compensation reforms before a new General Assembly is sworn in. In a message to lawmakers, Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois Todd Hendricks wants lawmakers to reduce coverage costs.

According to the Oregon Department of Commerce and Business Services’s recent study, Illinois workers’ compensation costs rank number three among the highest in the country. Hendricks says these costs are continuing to go up. Aside from business costs, rates have also gone up dramatically in the involuntary assigned risk market. For example, local volunteer fire departments are having to pay higher rates for volunteer firefighters’ workers’ compensation premiums. Although there were reforms in 2005 that updated benefit levels, IIAI now believes that it is time for more upgrades to the system.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
If you are a worker who has been injured on the job, you very likely may be entitled to obtain Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, which should cover your medical expenses and related costs. Many people are not aware that they have a right to obtain work injury benefits. Some may opt to delay filing a claim thinking that there is no need to hurry.

The sooner your file your work injury claim, the faster you can start receiving your payments. An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer can make sure that you are receiving everything you are owed and that your illness or injuries warrant.

Illinois Agents Call for Quick Action on Workers' Compensation Reform, Insurance Journal, December 17, 2010

Workers comp committee discusses need for reform, Daily Republican News, December 17, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois

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