Props to Workers Comp Insider website at for an interesting question on swine flu and workers compensation.

From a little different angle, the injured workers perspective, swine flu may be considered an occupational disease. Most swine flu cases will not be compensable because there is no permanent damage. But if there is a severe case the question is whether Illinois Law will allow for recovery.

The main question is whether you were exposed in the course of your employment and whether you had enhanced risk of exposure arising from your employment. Some jobs meet this requirement. Such as healthcare workers, teachers, traveling employees.

The other problem would be proving how you were exposed. It may be very difficult to isolate how exactly you were infected. Was it at home, or at work?

Intriguing stuff. Just remember this, don’t enter into any pig kissing contests.