Although we have been grappling with COVID-19 for more than a year, there is still a lot that we don’t know about the virus, including what kind of long-term repercussions survivors may be facing. Fortunately, employees who are injured on the job, or who contract an illness (including COVID-19), are often entitled to workers’ compensation… Read more »
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Many victims who are injured on the job in Illinois have access to workers’ compensation benefits for an unlimited amount of time. But these benefits are not as significant as they used to be. The money available for lost wage replacement and medical bill payment has decreased almost 20 percent since 2013. The insurance industry… Read more »
In Illinois, only workers who are considered employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they are hurt while on the job. Unfortunately, this means that independent contractors, including gig workers, like Uber drivers, who sustain workplace injuries are often out of luck when it comes to collecting medical and wage loss replacement benefits. This… Read more »
While most employers in Illinois are required to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, these benefits are not available to everyone. Independent contractors, for example, aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation in Illinois, even when they are hurt on the job. This does not mean, however, that someone who receives a 1099 income will automatically be barred from… Read more »
Last summer, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois lawmakers made significant changes to the laws regarding the availability of workers’ compensation benefits to essential workers. The law created a rebuttable presumption that first responders and front-line workers are presumed to qualify for workers’ compensation coverage if they contract COVID-19. Determining whether an employee qualifies… Read more »
Workers’ compensation is more important now than ever. After several years of decline, the number of on the job injuries in Illinois has increased slightly since 2018. These job injuries usually involve either trauma injuries, like falls, or occupational diseases, such as gradual hearing loss. As outlined below, these two kinds of injuries work a… Read more »
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