Posted On: April 14, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Workers’ Compensation: House Passes “Uhl’s Law” that Denies Benefits to Employees Who Get Hurt When Committing a Felony

The Illinois House of Representatives has passed what will be know as “Uhl’s Law,” which is an act that prevents workers from receiving workers’ compensation benefits for injuries sustained while committing a felony. The Illinois senate passed a similar bill yesterday by a 59-0 vote.

The act is named on behalf of teen sisters Kelli and Jessica Uhl who were killed in a 2007 car crash on Interstate 64 after the vehicle in was struck by a squad car driven by Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell, who was using his cell phone and driving at a speed of about 126 mph at the time.

Mitchell would go on to plead guilty to reckless homicide. He also filed an Illinois workers’ compensation claim for injuries he sustained during the collision, which occurred while he was working. Mitchell's claim was denied, which was a decision that he appealed. His case is now before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Governor Pat Quinn now has to sign the bill for it to become law. However, because it is not retroactive, it would not apply to Mitchell’s Illinois workers’ compensation case.

Also up for a vote in the Illinois Senate is a reform bill that would require a claimant prove that a condition in the workplace played a greater than 50% role in the work-related injury or illness. Currently a claimant just has to prove that the work-related condition or injury could potentially lead to a medical condition or disability.

Now, more than ever, it is so important that you work with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who can make sure that you receive the work injury benefits that you are owed. Employees cannot sue their employer for Chicago injury or wrongful death. With your medical costs, recovery expenses, and time off work that might otherwise result in lost wages, you need to receive your work injury benefits.

Senate passes workers' comp bill by vote of 59-0, BND, April 14, 2011

"Uhl's Law" passed, workers comp denied for those injured while committing a felony, KMOV, April 14, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

More Blog Posts:
House Considers Eliminating Illinois Workers’ Compensation System, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, April 8, 2011

Federal Government Investigating State’s Handling of Its Own Employees' Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, March 3, 2011

Review of Denied Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim Requested by Ex-State Trooper Involved in Car Crash that Killed Uhl Sisters, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, March 24, 2011

Contact our Chicago workers' compensation law firm today.

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