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Slip and Fall at Work

Pursuant to Illinois Worker's Compensation Act, an injury sustained by an employee is compensable only if it arises out of and in the course of the employment. In the course of employment occurs when an injury is sustained while an employee is at work or while he is performing activities in conjunction with his employment. An accident arises out of one's employment if its origin is in some risk connected with or incidental to the employment so as to create a causal connection between the employment and the accidental injury.

Traditionally, the case law in Illinois has held Slip and Fall at work place as a non compensable injury on the basis that the slip and fall did not arise out of the employment. However, a fairly recent Appellate Court decision in Springfield Urban League v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Comm'n, held differently. In the mentioned case, an employee was injured after a slip and fall on a bunched or kinked mat. The employee was a bus driver, who on the date of the accident had to attend a mandatory meeting at the Employer. The meeting had approximately 200 employees attending. After the meeting as the employee was existing the building, he slipped and fell on the bunched mat.

Pursuant to Illinois Worker's Compensation Act, an injury sustained by an employee is compensable only if it arises out of and in the course of the employment. In the course of employment occurs when an injury is sustained while an employee is at work or while he is performing activities in conjunction with his employment. An accident arises out of one's employment if its origin is in some risk connected with or incidental to the employment so as to create a causal connection between the employment and the accidental injury.

Traditionally, the case law in Illinois has held Slip and Fall at work place as a non compensable injury on the basis that the slip and fall did not arise out of the employment. However, a fairly recent Appellate Court decision in Springfield Urban League v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Comm'n, held differently. In the mentioned case, an employee was injured after a slip and fall on a bunched or kinked mat. The employee was a bus driver, who on the date of the accident had to attend a mandatory meeting at the Employer. The meeting had approximately 200 employees attending. After the meeting as the employee was existing the building, he slipped and fell on the bunched mat.

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