Changes in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act


Over the past year Illinois lawmakers have determined to pass new Worker’s Compensation Reform bill. This new law I scheduled to become effective September1, 2011; it will dramatically impact the rights of injured workers. The two major changes provides for changes in obtaining medical treatment, permanency or monetary awards. Now more an injured worker needs a highly skilled Workers Compensation attorney in order to receive workers compensation benefits.

Medical Treatment:

The old law gave an injured worker the opportunity to be treated by a doctor of their choosing, and also to get a second opinion. Under the new law, the injured worker must see a company doctor or a preferred provider from the company’s list of doctors. The injured worker can now can only see one doctor of their choice by rejecting the companies’ preferred doctor providers in writing. In the past an injured worker could handle a claim on his or her own and an attorney would fix the claim with two-doctor rule in place. Now that the law has changed everything must be done right the first time.

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