The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act is designed to give injured workers a “quick and efficient remedy” to receive the benefits they deserve, to resolve disputes between employees and employers regarding the amount of benefits the injured workers deserve, or to protect the rights of third-parties to reimbursement (such as your physicians or hospitals looking to get paid for providing services). In order to accomplish this goal, the legislature has established an administrative agency called the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. For a typical case, all that is necessary for the employee to know is that this agency hires a group of people to act as “arbitrators” that are assigned to decide cases. Most Workers’ Compensation attorneys view this individual as the “judge."
Of course, this state body must be impartial and, as such, the staff at the Commission will only explain procedures, but will not do work for you, or advocate for either the employee or employer, and will be very hesitant to give you any legal advice, guidance, or information, even if it concerns basic provisions of the law unless the question pertains solely to procedural questions.
If you, or a loved one, has been injured at work, then you need information about your rights. At Shunneson Law Office, I am devoted to demanding an insurance company cover your injuries following accidents. Call (847) 693-9120 for more information or contact us to schedule a consultation. Located in Lake County, Illinois, with meeting locations throughout Chicago, we have the ability to meet with you at any convenient Chicagoland location from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. However, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request by calling 847.693.9120.
-Drake Shunneson (copyright 2012)
NOTICE: The materials provided are for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as legal advice. It may also be viewed as advertising material. You should contact us directly, or your attorney, to obtain advice to any issue or problems. This article, by itself, does not create an attorney-client relationship and the opinions are those of the individual author and do not reflect the opinions of the Law Office or any other individual, attorney, entity or individual. While the author has utilized his experience and knowledge of workers compensation law in writing this article, as well as many articles, books, statutes, regulatory rules, treatises, and internet sources, some of the ideas and material for this article were obtained from the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Illinois Workers’ Compensation Practice Guide (2011), which deserves special recognition.