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August 2011 Archives

Illinois carves out new workers' compensation law

If you injure or kill someone by way of recklessness or drunk driving while on the job in Illinois, don't expect to receive workers' compensation for any injuries you sustain. That is the gist of a new bill signed into law earlier this month by Governor Pat Quinn. In brief, if a person who is eligible for workers' compensation is found guilty of a felony including reckless homicide or causing injuries, or of aggravated drunk driving, that person is disqualified from receiving workers' comp and even from recovering attorney's fees.

Workers' Compensation: fired Illinois man gets $3.6 million

Workers' compensation could be considered a trade-off. When an employee is injured on the job, he or she gets workers' compensation insurance benefits provided by law in exchange for not filing suit against the employer. But when an employee is fired simply because of an injury, the law permits that employee to sue for damages. An Illinois jury recently sent a serious message to one employer, exemplifying the seriousness and consequences of disregarding the rights of employees.

Workplace accident causes coal miner to be electrocuted

Workplace accidents resulting in the death of an employee are tragic, whether here in Illinois or any place across our country. Family, loved ones, and other workers are all shocked that someone should lose their life in the normal and ordinary course of their employment. It is a tough pill for all of us to swallow. Yet, fatal workplace accidents happen all too frequently. The family is left to grieve and to wonder how such a terrible thing could possibly have happened.

Illinois man killed in workplace accident when forklift flips

Most people take for granted that every new workday will unfold just like the last. Most of the time, a workday is rife with routine and often interpreted as mundane. Unfortunately, tragedy can befall even the most mundane of circumstances. Colleagues are still in mourning, after an Aurora, Illinois, man was killed in a workplace accident just over two weeks ago.

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