Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform Spring 2011

Well, if you thought the fight was over when the fall veto session concluded, you were wrong. Two Senate bills by passed the Committee process and could very well make their way to a vote on the Senate floor as early as next week. Neither bill is friendly to workers or physicians and medical providers. In fact, these two bills go even further in decimating the rights of injured workers in Illinois!

SB 1349 is sponsored by Bill Bradley (D) Marion. Senator Bradley’s bill proposes to change the causation standard to limit the compensability of claims under the Act. It intends to eliminate the presumption of compensability for firefighters and paramedics for certain diseases, eliminates the free choice of medical for the worker unless the condition is life threatening, requires the injured worker to completely waive the physician/patient privilege, and makes numerous other changes taking the rights of the injured and the physicians who treat them back to stone age.

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