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Obscure Facts You May Not Know About Illinois' Workers' Compensation Act

Posted on in Workers' Compensation

While many Illinois workers are familiar with the concept of workers' compensation, the details about how the system operates are less well-known. Unfortunately, what an injured worker in Illinois does not know may cause that worker to experience delays or even denials in receiving benefits under the Illinois workers' compensation statutes. Here are three such facts that workers may wish to consider:

  • Not all workplace injuries and illnesses are covered under the Workers' Compensation Act. While many injuries and illnesses that develop on the job do result in the worker receiving benefits, in order for the worker to obtain benefits the injury and/or illness must occur during the “course of the worker's employment.” This means that, for example, a slip-and-fall injury at a restaurant you stopped at on the way home from work may not be compensable under the Act because your injuries were not sustained while you were on the job performing your job duties.
  • The benefits you obtain under the Act may be the only compensation you get. Workers' compensation benefits are often referred to as an “exclusive remedy” because these benefits often represent the only sort of compensation or benefits that the injured worker can receive against his or her employer. In other words, if the worker's employer's negligence caused the worker's injury, he or she may not recover workers' compensation benefits and then sue his or her employer for additional compensation. (Note, though, that a negligent third party may be sued even if the worker received compensation benefits under the Act if the benefits the worker received under the Act are not sufficient to fully compensate the worker.)
  • You don't have to live in Illinois to be eligible for benefits under the Act. Even workers who live out of state but come to Illinois for a project or job may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits if they are injured while on the job within the state.

In any one of these factual scenarios, it can be extremely beneficial to consult with an Illinois workers' compensation law firm to determine whether you and your employer are subject to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and, if so, what benefits may be available to you.

Contact an Experienced McHenry County Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC and its team of passionate Crystal Lake workers' compensation lawyers are available to assist injured workers in Illinois pursue compensation for their workplace injuries. While an attorney's assistance is not required to obtain workers' compensation benefits, an attorney can often help an injured worker obtain benefits more quickly. In addition, the skill and knowledge of our legal team can help an injured worker who whose eligibility for benefits is being challenged or is in question. Contact Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC right away by phone or online – the sooner you contact our firm and enlist our services, the more swiftly we can help you obtain the financial compensation you need.



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