Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform: HB 1698 Passes

Late last night, the Illinois House brought the Workers’ Compensation reform bill back up for a vote. This time, the votes were there to pass the legislation. Since this bill had previously passed the Senate vote, the bill goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Governor Quinn has indicated that he will sign this bill into law and the majority of its provisions will be effective July 1, 2011. For working men and women injured on the job and the medical providers who help them get well, the bill is a bitter pill to swallow. No rights were gained and many were lost. The following synopsis of the changes embodied by HB 1698 is intended as a guide. For particular questions, call our office. Please note this summary is very abreviated and is intended to inform the injured worker of changes relevant to her/his circumstances.

The definition of accident/injury is codified. The employee bears the burden of proving the accidental injury arises out of and in the course of employment. Of course, this was always the case and I am not sure what impact this provision will have on claims before the Commission.

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