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Proposed Illinois Legislation Would Cut Pay for Non-Work Related Accidents

Our Chicago injury attorneys advocate for those who have been hurt on and off of the work site. We fervently work for victims of accidents so that they can obtain fair and just compensation for their personal injuries. However, it looks as though changes in Illinois law could be underway, and our firm also believes in keeping abreast of the most recent laws and proposals, and keeping readers like you in the know as well.

Recent proposed Illinois legislation is noteworthy to consider for the consequences it may pose for workers who are injured in non-work related accidents. According to a current news article by the Insurance Journal, Illinois legislators will be considering legislation this spring that could eradicate workers’ compensation for non-work related accidents.

Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, introduced Senate Bill 2622, which would exempt an employer from paying for injuries if the worker is not traveling specifically for work purposes. The senator rationalizes the proposed bill that if an employer is not responsible for an accident that he should not have to pay.

This proposal actually mirrors a Supreme Court decision where a Springfield pipefitter had taken a temporary job at a power plant near the Quad Cities. While driving to work one day, he hit a patch of ice and crashed, which resulted in severe personal injuries. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission declared that the victim should receive employer compensation. However, the Supreme Court decided that the victim had made a personal decision to take this job with the understanding of the commute involved and was therefore not traveling for work.

According to the same article, this current Illinois legislation was actually proposed before this Supreme Court decision. It has not yet been assigned to a Senate committee for action, but our firm will definitely be keeping up with the news and staying knowledgeable about this potential change in the law. It is always important to our attorneys to well-informed and educated about Illinois law to be the best attorneys and to best serve our clients.

While off-site accident injuries are an area of the law that is currently in the air, one thing is for sure: our attorneys will remain zealous advocates for innocent victims who have suffered injuries in the workplace as a result of unsafe work environments or the negligence of others. Where someone suffers an injury as the result of someone’s negligence in the workplace or because the work environment is unsafe and hazardous, victims may be able to file personal injury lawsuits to hold wrongdoers liable. If you or someone in your family has been injured at their place of work due to dangers that should have been foreseen by the place of employment, you may have a legal cause of action of action for negligence. Please call our firm for a free consultation, and our attorneys would be happy to discuss your case with you and determine if we can help you obtain compensation.