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Workers' compensation reform proposal causing concerns

If you have been injured at work in Illinois, you may already know that you might be entitled to workers' compensation. The amount you can receive will depend on several factors, such as the severity of your injury, whether you will need to take time off work to recover and whether any of your injuries are permanent. However, not every claim is successful, so it is helpful to know the rules surrounding compensation cases in your home state.

 

In Illinois, this has been made more complicated by a proposed reform to the system. The proposed amendments to a piece of legislation aimed at reworking workers' compensation standards were adopted June 4, 2015. However, they were not received with universal approval and some worry that these amendments could alter the fate of the bill itself.

Some of the concerns voiced are that areas of the legislation are too vague, meaning that a claim could become unnecessarily complicated and even lead to extensive litigation. Another worry is that as the bill would protect traveling employees, employers could find themselves paying out for accidents occurring outside working hours if they happen while the victim is traveling for the company.

Of course, it can take a long time for legislation such as this to be finalized. However, it could have a significant effect on the process of making a compensation claim. If you have any concerns or you are unsure how to proceed with your claim, an attorney might be able to advise you. He or she may also be able to support you as you pursue the remuneration you deserve.

Source: Business Insurance, "Illinois comp reform proposal worries employers, insurers," Bill Kenealy, June 11, 2015

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