Posted On: April 19, 2011 by Steven J. Malman

Proposed Illinois Workers’ Compensation Requirement that Workers Must Prove Injuries are Job-Related is Rejected by the Senate

The State Senate has voted against a plan by Republican lawmakers that would require workers to prove that their employer was at least 50% responsible for the injuries they sustained on the job in order for him/her to be able to obtain Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. The bill, SB1349, was defeated with a 25-6 vote. 28 senators submitted a “present” vote.

Currently, with Illinois as a “no fault” state when it comes to receiving work injury benefits, it doesn’t matter who or what caused the injury, illness, or death as long as it is work-related. While Republicans believed the proposed requirement would protect businesses from having to pay for fraudulent claims, Democrats have said that this would allow employers to regularly challenge work injury claims and delay legitimate payments owed to workers.

Also rejected in the bill were proposals to:
• Reduce the rates paid to medical providers by 30%.
• Hand over to employers the authority to decide which doctor a worker should go see.
• Deny workers’ compensation benefits for injuries where alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers are here to make sure that our clients receive all of the work injury recovery that they are owed. Injured workers cannot sue their employers for Chicago personal injury. Right now, their only means of obtaining compensation for their work injuries is by filing a claim and having their company’s insurer pay them benefits and cover their related medical expenses. Unfortunately, there are insurers that will try to deny an injured worker his/her benefits.

Historic Reform of Illinois Worker's Compensation Fails to Pass Senate, Chicago Now, April 15, 2011

Illinois Senate Rejects Workers’ Compensation Changes, Insurance Journal, April 18, 2011

There's still hope': McCarter says Democrats thwarted workers comp reform, but he'll press on, BND, April 16, 2011


Related Web Resources:
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Workers' Compensation Benefits, Nolo

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

SB1349, Illinois General Assembly


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llinois Workers’ Compensation: House Passes “Uhl’s Law” that Denies Benefits to Employees Who Get Hurt When Committing a Felony, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, April 14, 2011

House Considers Eliminating Illinois Workers’ Compensation System, Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer Blog, April 14, 2011

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 31, 2011

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