Posted on: June 29, 2011 by Jeffrey R. Kooi
Illinois’s governor signed a new Workers Compensation bill into law on Tuesday. Illinois lawmakers had sent the sweeping work comp overhaul to Governor Pat Quinn’s desk a few weeks ago. Insurance changes are expected to begin in about two months.
The Chicago Tribune reports in the article, “Quinn to Sign Workers’ Compensation Reform Tuesday,” the new Work Comp law will save Illinois companies about $500 million each year. Lawmakers say the legislation is designed to prevent people from taking advantage of the state’s Workers’ Compensation system. Among the changes, workers who are hurt on the job will have to show they were, indeed, injured while working. Also, the new Work Comp law will get rid of most of the people who hear cases for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. The new arbitrators will have to be lawyers and will have to undergo training.
Experienced Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyers are following the legal changes surrounding Work Comp and can offer solid advice if you or someone you love is hurt while on the job. Contact the Illinois Workers Compensation Attorneys at Crossen Kooi for a FREE consultation.