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Employer Retaliation Following Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims
Employer Retaliation Following Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims

In the summer of 2012, a man working for an electrical company in Madison County claimed he was hurt while doing his job. Just like any worker injured in Illinois, he had the right to file for workers' compensation benefits, which he did. After the man-made a workers' compensation claim,...

Carpal Tunnel Workers’ Comp Claims in Illinois Face Challenges
Carpal Tunnel Workers’ Comp Claims in Illinois Face Challenges

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve injury caused by repetitive motion or stress. It can be a very painful condition that occurs among workers who use their hands to make repeated motions. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a legitimate basis for workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, a variety of factors are now...

Benefits of a State Fund for Workers’ Compensation in Illinois
Benefits of a State Fund for Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

Workers' compensation funds operate differently in each state. In states like Illinois, workers' compensation insurance is provided exclusively through the private sector. Employers obtain Illinois workers' compensation insurance by selecting among private insurance companies. Roughly half of the states have a state fund for workers' compensation insurance. Most of these...

Workers’ Compensation Could Ease the Burden of Chronic Pain Conditions
Workers’ Compensation Could Ease the Burden of Chronic Pain Conditions

While the acute pain that accompanies injuries eventually fades away, some trauma can have long-lasting consequences and can develop into chronic pain conditions. One common type of chronic pain condition is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). For people diagnosed with either CRPS or RSD,...

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Bills May Reduce Benefits
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Bills May Reduce Benefits

Significant reforms were made to the Illinois workers' compensation system last year. Many of these reforms focused on cutting costs, often at the expense of injured workers in Illinois. Now lawmakers are continuing to push for changes that may further reduce the benefits injured workers are eligible to receive. One...

Illinois Workers’ Comp Reform Continues, New Arbitrators Appointed
Illinois Workers’ Comp Reform Continues, New Arbitrators Appointed

This past summer, Governor Quinn signed into law an overhaul of Illinois' workers' compensation system in an effort to decrease costs. Among the changes were a 30 percent reduction in medical fees, the establishment of preferred provider programs and different disability determinations guidelines. Additionally, part of the Illinois workers' compensation...