Illinois Workers’ Comp Act Changes
The law is always changing. What was true in the past — even as recently as a year ago — might not necessarily remain true. For this reason, it is important to work with a skilled lawyer in any legal issues you are facing, including Illinois workers’ compensation. Changes in this area of law that have been brought about over the past couple of years could impact the process and results of your workers’ compensation case dramatically.
Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Representing injured workers in Peoria, Bloomington and Galesburg, Illinois, our attorneys have decades of experience. At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., we help clients in Peoria, Illinois, and the surrounding area who have suffered serious illnesses and injuries on the job.
Changes To The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
In the past couple of years, the Illinois Legislature enacted what amounts to one of the most sweeping workers’ compensation reformations in history. Some of the many changes involve:
- Limits to injured workers’ choice of medical provider
- Use of the American Medical Association impairment ratings to determine permanent partial disability
- Recovery for certain types of injuries limited
- Requirement for employees to establish that injuries arose out of the course of employment
- Reduction of doctors’ fee schedules
What Does This Mean For You?
The recent changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act increase the challenges that injured workers face. While an injured worker used to have options when it comes to choosing a medical provider, now there is only one choice. There are new caps placed on how much an injured worker can recover, and more challenging legal requirements. If you have been hurt, it is more important than ever to work with an experienced team of attorneys.
At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C., our lawyers are up-to-date on the changing workers’ compensation laws in Illinois. We can explain your rights and options to you and walk you through every step of the process. We will also explore options outside of the workers’ compensation process — including third-party claims and other options — to make sure you get the compensation you need.
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