October 2013


S. Dakota Workers' Comp Claim for Mom Slain on Job Tests Law – ABC News.

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This case probably would have turned out the same in Illinois. You must show increased risk of the injury due to your work place to win the case in Illinois. If she was shot during a robbery at work she would win her case.

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Illinois chamber targets judiciary in new workers' comp drive – Blogs On Politics – Crain's Chicago Business.

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There has not much activism on the part of Illinois courts in Workers’ Compensation cases. The judges have been interpreting the law as the legislature wrote it. The real complaint the business community has is that it is unable to change the law as drastically as they think it should be. They have failed politically so now they are trying to influence the judicial branch.

F.D.A. Shift on Painkillers Was Years in the Making – NYTimes.com.

This is a big issue in Workers’ Compensation cases and Social Security Disability cases.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – OH Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Running Business Without Workers' Comp Coverage.

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This is also the law in Illinois. You must maintain Workers’ Compensation insurance or face fines and possible jail time. In addition, your are liable for any damages a person suffers as a result of the work injury.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation law does allow for recovery for mental injuries on the job.

However, it is very restrictive.

For instance, mental stress from your job activities such as teaching or having to produce 600 widgets per day is not recognized as a workers’ compensation injury. The theory is that it would open the door for too many claims.

Illinois law does allow for mental injuries that are closely related to a physical injury.

Such as a back injury that causes chronic pain and depression results. You would have to prove that you are seeing a psychiatrist who diagnoses you with depression related to the ongoing back pain.

Another type of mental injury recognized is a condition that results from a shocking event you witnessed or were involved in, even though you were not physically injured.

Some examples are standing next to a person who has her hand amputated at work. Or riding with a co-worker who is killed in an automobile crash.

Another example is being robbed and developing post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

The thing to remember is that you need to seek mental health treatment right away to document your problems and to help you deal with the depression or PTSD.

The mental injury cases require the same proof as a physical injury case, but you will need counseling records and psychiatric records and the testimony of your psychiatrist.

Questions about a possible mental injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Pepper spray cop awarded $38K in workers comp claim – Yahoo News.

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If you are injured on the job, then you are entitled to compensation. This is the law in Illinois also.

Workers' comp delays add injury to injuries – Houston Chronicle.

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This article points out some very significant flaws in the Workers’ Compensation system. Delay in treatment is something that often makes an injured worker’s condition worse.

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