A workplace accident is tragic for both employers and employees. In a recent case, the McLean County, Illinois coroner's jury ruled that the death of a 56-year-old man was accidental but also avoidable. The workplace accident occurred at Illinois Wesleyan University in early April 2011.
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.