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By Heidi Turner
Illinois workers' compensation is a system of benefits paid to employees who suffer from work-related illness or injury. Because it is a no-fault system, employees covered by Illinois workers' compensation are generally paid regardless of who is at fault for the injury or illness. Covered by these Illinois workers' compensation laws are almost all employees who work in Illinois, from the moment they begin a job.
Under Illinois Workers' Compensation laws, employees who suffer an injury or illness as a result of their job are eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover medical care, temporary total disability, vocational rehabilitation, permanent partial disability, permanent total disability and/or death benefits. Employers in Illinois are required to provide workers' compensation benefits to their employees and cannot discriminate or retaliate against any employee who exercises his or her workers' compensation rights.
Illinois Workers' Compensation Laws
Employees who are injured on the job must notify the employer no later than 45 days after the accident, or 90 days after exposure to excessive radiation. In cases where the employer refuses to pay benefits or cancels benefits early, employees can file a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. In order to do so, however, the employee must follow specific procedures. Employees may hire attorneys to represent them before the Commission.
Workers' Compensation Claims In August 2016, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled that Illinois Workers' Compensation should pay Scott Moran, a senior fire official who filed a claim linked to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after a fellow firefighter died during the line of duty. Prior to that, an arbitrator and the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission ruled that death is one of the risks of being a firefighter and because Moran did not suffer physical injuries linked to the fire and did not see the firefighter actually injured, he was not eligible for benefits.
But Moran argued that because he was in command of the incident when the fatal injury occurred, he suffered from severe emotional shock and PTSD. The Illinois Appellate Court agreed with Moran and reversed the commission's decision.
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Don't feel bad!The commission did the same to me! I fell off the back of a service truck, aggravating an injury to my lower back, and creating a "double crush syndrome" (that is what the orthopedic surgeon called it), in my left elbow and my neck area in my back! I was set to have a fusion done on my lower back, after I had surgery on my elbow and neck. Because I had had a claim on my lower back before, the commission arbitrator gave me the claim on my lower back, but said that because I did not complain about the neck and back as much as much as the lower back, she found no way that they(injuries) could be related to each other, even though the orthopedic surgeon swore in a deposition to both lawyers, that my injury to my , neck, elbow, and lower back, were all related! My lawyer told me not to worry about it, when the day was done, we would get the neck and elbow included in a settlement. Well that NEVER happened. I was only awarded for my lower back! Now, I am living on SSDI, and cannot work at all
My worksmancomp settlement and all future payment and medical was taken away due to company saying that I had committed fraud and have been left disabled for live. But under the American with Disability Act they are the ones committed such and now have federal charges pending what can I do to appeal and how much can I sue for. After surgery I lost three dics and rods put in my back with ten screws.
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