Due to the weak economy and the still continuing aftershocks of the 2008 housing crisis, many state governments are having trouble paying their bills. The State of Illinois is no exception as its overdue bills amounted to $3. 8 billion at the end of fiscal 2011, which fell on June 30. As a result, the ramifications for those receiving workers' compensation may be huge.
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.