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New Workers’ Comp Laws Will Affect Injured Workers Rights

June 16, 2011 Published in Firm News,Workers' Compensation

A few weeks ago, the Illinois Legislature passed changes in the Workers’ Compensation law. The bill has not been signed by the Governor yet. The goal of the changes was to lower costs and deal with fraud. No one is against stopping fraud but the changes will significantly hurt legitimate claims, especially smaller claims and those involving older workers.

The big changes give employers / insurance companies more control over what doctor an injured worker can see; the power to second guess treatment decisions made by the injured worker and his/her doctor; lowers compensation for serious injuries and substantially cuts payments to doctors which will cause many good doctors to stop treating injured workers.

Call the Governor and urge him to veto the bill.

Springfield

Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
TTY: 888-261-3336

Chicago

Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2121