The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act has changed the way wage differentials are calculated.

A wage differential is when your injury keeps you from working your old job, and the only work you can perform pays you at a lower rate.

The old law paid you the difference between the old and new job times 66 percent for the rest of your life.

Depending on your age and the wage difference this could amount to a large amount of money over your lifetime.

The new law provides that for injuries on or after September 1, 2011 you are only entitled to the wage differential until you reach age 67 or 5 years after the award becomes final, whichever is later.

This will result in lower settlements and awards.

Questions about your work injury, and the new law? Feel free to call Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.