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This FAQ section is provided as a general guideline to the rights and responsibilities of an employee who has been injured on the job. It does not, and cannot, contain all of the benefits and obligations pertaining to each specific case. Furthermore, it does not set forth the statute of limitations, nor the time limitations, of what you must do for proceeding with a workers ’ compensation claim. Each workers’ compensation case is unique and the law is frequently modified by the legislature and the courts.

This FAQ section is not intended as a replacement for the advice of an experienced attorney. In fact, if you have suffered an injury that is work related, you should consult an attorney knowledgeable on the law in your State for proper advice regarding the same.

How does the Act treat firefighters, EMTs and paramedics differently?

The Act recognizes that the duties of firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and paramedics may place them at greater risk for certain illnesses.  These include health conditions related to blood borne pathogens, lung or respiratory disease, heart or vascular disease, hypertension, tuberculosis, cancer, hearing loss, or hernia.

Fortunately, in 2007, legislators amended the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Diseases Act to recognize that there are certain risks inherent to the duties of these workers.  This amendment states that when a Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic suffers from any of the above diseases or conditions, there is a rebuttable presumption that it arose out of and in the course of employment and is causally connected to the hazards or exposures of such employment.  This amendment has provided a sword for our attorneys to strike back at the insurance adjuster’s defense.  It forces the employer to first present evidence that the disease or condition is NOT related to work.

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