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Illinois’ Revised Workers’ Compensation Laws
Illinois’ Revised Workers’ Compensation Laws

In 2011, Illinois made alterations to the state's workers' compensation laws. In general, the new laws help companies save money. However, some point out that the savings are now to the detriment of injured workers. The new laws apply to injuries at the workplace which have occurred after September 1,...

Illinois Company May Have to Pay $117,000 for Safety Violations
Illinois Company May Have to Pay $117,000 for Safety Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets rules for industries across the U.S. to help prevent workplace accidents and make sure that workers stay safe. Unfortunately, not every company takes these rules as seriously as they should and some of them are in Illinois. Earlier this month, OSHA announced...

Determining Your Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation in Illinois
Determining Your Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation in Illinois

There is always some form of risk associated with a job, regardless of whether you work in a factory or an office within Peoria County. When an injury is related to that job, you may be eligible for workers' compensation but it can be difficult to determine whether workers' comp...

Utilization Reviews Can Limit Benefits Injured Illinois Workers Receive
Utilization Reviews Can Limit Benefits Injured Illinois Workers Receive

Recovery from a workplace injury can take longer than expected. Employers and insurers are using a new review tactic to question whether long-term treatment is reasonable. In California, these utilization reviews are required in almost every workers' compensation case. While that is not yet the case in Illinois, utilization review...

Study Shows Workers in Health Care Are More Likely to Suffer Injury
Study Shows Workers in Health Care Are More Likely to Suffer Injury

In some respects, all workers are at risk of injury. However, certain occupations carry with them a greater likelihood of accident, illness or injury. Typically, the public thinks of construction, transportation and warehouse workers as likely candidates for a workplace injury. However — perhaps surprisingly — the most dangerous occupations...

Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Available to Employees Who Must Work Offsite?
Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Available to Employees Who Must Work Offsite?

Illinois workers' compensation benefits are available if an injury "arises out of and in the course of employment." A causal relationship must exist between the work duties and the injury. How does this apply to those workers in the construction trades or sales and event planning who frequently travel as...