Tag Archives: injured workers

Uninsured Employers Beware

In years past, there was a great deal of frustration with employers operating without workers’ compensation insurance coverage in Illinois.  Even though employers have always been required to provide insurance, or show financial responsibility, they did not always do so.  As a result, we saw a number of clients with serious injuries left out in the cold because there was no insurance to pay workContinue reading

Why is my neighbor going fishing when he is off on workers’ compensation?

Nothing seems to irritate people more than to see someone drawing workers’ compensation benefits and still getting some enjoyment out of life.  We consistently hear about employers and insurance carriers having videotape evidence that a client went fishing, hunting, was doing yard work, or grocery shopping with their spouse.  Normally these activities aren’t really significant, but this situation does emphasize the common misconception that aContinue reading

Menard Work Comp Claims – Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole

Like most people interested in the Illinois workers compensation system, we have been reading the Belleville News-Democrat’s unfolding coverage about the Illinois Department of Corrections debacle at the Menard Correctional Center.  It seems that over the past several years there have been a large number of claims for repetitive stress injuries reported by the staff at the prison.  The newspaper seems to think that thereContinue reading

Injured Workers: Be Careful With Your Release to Return to Work

Every few years we see a particularly vicious claims practice resurface in workers’ compensation claims.  Most often it involves younger workers and smaller employers, but it isn’t just limited to them.  This practice involves an employer tricking the injured worker to get a full duty release to return to work when they aren’t physically able to do so.  Workers have to use extreme caution inContinue reading