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Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation Reform

February 17th, 2017 at 8:49 pm

Illinois workers compensation attorney, Illinois workers comp lawyer, Illinois’ economy has been a hot topic since Governor Rauner came into office. Numerous reforms, including reform to the workers’ compensation program, have been considered and discussed. This year, the ball could start rolling on such reforms. What might this mean for your claim, and how you can protect yourself throughout the process? The following explains further.

Governor Rauner Targets Workers’ Compensation

In an op-ed piece published by Crain’s Chicago Business, Rauner stated that reform to the workers’ compensation program is a top priority for 2017. He claimed that many employers are concerned about the “uncompetitive” system in Illinois. He also stated that reform could bring savings to employers, and that might mean more jobs. Unfortunately, this may not be entirely accurate.

A Flawed Perspective

From a distance, it might appear that workers’ compensation reform is a good thing – especially if it brings in more jobs. Closer examination reveals that unemployment is not as big of an issue as some might lead you to believe. The state’s unemployment rate is only slightly higher than the national average (4.7 percent in the U.S. compared to 5.7 percent in Illinois). Further, Illinois’ unemployment rate has been on a fairly steady decline since 2010. In short, workers’ compensation reform is likely to do little to improve an already improving economy, and stands to benefit employers – not workers.

How Reform Could Impact Your Claim

Obtaining workers’ compensation is already a complex process. It is full of delays, obstacles, and regulations that can, at any given time, leave a hardworking member of society without income. Add in the potential for uncovered medical bills, and they become at risk for complete financial devastation. Reform would only exasperate the issue. It is expected to add more rules that exclude injured employees. If implemented, reform would also result in a maximum compensation rate, reducing the payout for injured workers, and it would limit much-needed therapies.

How an Attorney Can Help

While no two cases are alike, and results are never guaranteed, those that seek assistance from an experienced lawyer tend to have more favorable outcomes than those who pursue a claim on their own. An attorney can also complete all the legal requirements, ensuring injured employees have the time and energy they need to focus on healing and getting back to work. Do not fight the system alone. Instead, contact the Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio and get the representation you deserve. Call 630-574-2288 today.

 

Sources:

http://chicagocitywire.com/stories/511075580-workers-comp-reform-a-top-priority-for-rauner-in-2017

https://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.IL.htm

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

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