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  • Protect the Workers' Compensation Act

    It has come to our attention that legislation to reduce benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act will be offered in the Illinois House as early as Thursday, May 21st. Now is the time to act, protect your rights and the rights of everyone in Illinois.

    Please contact your local State Representative and explain your opposition to any Workers’ Compensation “reform.” Let your Representative know:

    You oppose any “reform” that reduces the benefits paid to injured workers.

    You oppose any change in the causation standard as the law already provides that only work-related injuries are covered under the Act.

    You oppose any reduction in the medical fee schedule as it will reduce an injured worker’s access to quality medical care.

    You believe that the recent (2011) reductions in injured workers’ benefits have not translated into savings for employers because insurance companies have not reduced premiums accordingly.

    You oppose any changes to the tort system that would unfairly change the system to favor corporate and insurance interests.

    Let your voice be heard!!!

    You can find your State Representative’s contact information here.

    A call is great – an e-mail or letter is forever.

  • Workers' Comp "Deform": A Race to the Bottom

    Our office works to continually update you on changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”). Unfortunately, especially after 2011, many of the changes we report to you are not favorable to the injured worker.Since 2011, you have heard from our office that Illinois reform has limited injured workers’ rights regarding medical care and treatment, as well as significantly lowered permanent disability values. We also tell you, again and again, about our fears for the future of Workers’ Compensation rights and benefits.

    Our attorneys speak throughout the state on these issues and a common question they are asked is, “Are workers’ compensation laws changing in all states or is Illinois the only state putting restrictions on workers’ compensation?” We have told people time and time again that the climate of workers’ compensation is changing throughout our country.

    Now thanks to ProPublica and NPR, we can provide evidence to show that we are not exaggerating the attacks on Workers’ Compensation; the threat to Workers’ Compensation is wide-spread and growing.

  • Anti-worker Legislation introduced in 99thGeneral Assembly

    Notoriously anti-worker (and anti-workers’ compensation) legislators have introduced proposed legislation with the goal of radically altering the Workers’ Compensation Act. Rep. Dwight Kay (R-112) and Senator Kyle McCarter (R-54) each offered similar legislation in February designed to limit the rights of workers injured on the job. The most damaging are discussed below. Follow the link to read the actual legislation.

    SB 0770/HB 2418 – Attacks the Causation Standard and Limits Rights of Traveling Employees

    Requires that an accident be the “major contributing cause” and “more than 50% responsible” for the injury AND excludes accidents if the hazard or risk the employee was exposed to is one that the employee would have been exposed to outside the employment.

    A traveling employee must be “actively engaged in the duties of employment” to recover benefits if injured.

    What would happen if this legislation became law?

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