Illinois Worker's Rights Threatened: Worker's Compensation Overhaul

Illinois Worker's Rights Threatened: Worker's Compensation Overhaul

A 28-year old employee while delivering bread to a Greek restaurant was hit by a van in an alley. This collision resulted in a severed spinal cord for the worker which left him unable to walk for the rest of his life! He will spend the remainder of his years confined to a wheel chair, barely able to feed himself.

If not for the current Worker's Compensation system, he would not been able to insure the benefits needed to provide for himself and may have been placed into State nursing home. By receiving comp benefits he is able to live in his home where he has a handicap ramp paid for by his worker's compensation benefits that allows him to maneuver. His guaranteed weekly benefit checks will cover his expenses for the remainder of his life.

The future of injured Illinois worker's is as risk as they may lose these benefits. Our State government threatens to abolish our current worker's compensation system by severely limiting the pay out packages and limiting the medical care now provided to injured worker's. Both Democrats and Republicans remain determined to pass a new Worker's Compensation bill by Easter. Government Quinn says, "The Worker's Compensation bill is the single most important issue for the Illinois business climate." Quinn suggested that there will be some pain of sacrifices, but no one will get scalped in the reform.

I disagree. I am hearing from my inside sources that the legislature presented by Republican leader, Christine Radagno, practically eliminates worker's rights, by limiting their ability to collect monies on a work related injury and abolishes their right to select their own doctor. It would also eliminate jobs at the Industrial Commission. Word is if the current Arbitrator (Judge) is not a lawyer, he will lose his job, along with others term being capped to 3-years instead of 6.

The President of the Illinois Chamber of Congress, Doug Whitley, isn't standing up for Illinois worker's rights either, rather suggesting injured parties should sue their "regular health insurance" to take care of their work related injuries. First of all, if the injured parties did use their companies "regular health insurance", the cost of healthcare premiums would skyrocket for all employees! Worker's Compensation claims now for employees tend not to increase the cost of health insurance for others within a company.

As negotiations continue between both parties Downstate the specifics of the Bill remain difficult to obtain. There is certainly no transparency in determining the Bill rather there appears to be blockage of input from the worker's support groups. As our elected officials "battle it out", they appear to not be communicating to those that stand to lose the most; you!

Companies will still pay for higher health insurance premiums; injured parties will struggle to get medical care for their injuries, lose their jobs and may end up on welfare. Now, we as taxpayers will pay for other's injuries rather than the insurance companies that take our money and raise our rates when we collect.

Governor Quinn, Ms. Radagno, Mr. Cullerton, don't you have more pressing issues to deal with, like keeping our Illinois government solvent to advert bankruptcy, rather than stealing worker's rights?

I disagree. I am hearing from my inside sources that that the legislature presented by Republican leader, Christine Radagno, practically eliminates worker's rights, by limiting their ability to collect monies on a work related injury and abolishes their right to select their own doctor. It would also eliminate jobs at the Industrial Commission. Word is if the current Arbitrator (Judge) is not a lawyer, he will lose his job, along with others term being capped to 3-years instead of 6.

The President of the Illinois Chamber of Congress, Doug Whitley, isn't standing up for Illinois worker's rights either, rather suggesting injured parties should sue their "regular health insurance" to take care of their work related injuries. First of all, if the injured parties did use their companies "regular health insurance", the cost of healthcare premiums would skyrocket for all employees! Worker's Compensation claims now for employees tend not to increase the cost of health insurance for others within a company.

As negotiations continue between both parties Downstate the specifics of the Bill remain difficult to obtain. There is certainly no transparency in determining the Bill rather there appears to be blockage of input from the worker's support groups. As our elected officials "battle it out", they appear to not be communicating to those that stand to lose the most; you!

Companies will still pay for higher health insurance premiums; injured parties will struggle to get medical care for their injuries, lose their jobs and may end up on welfare. Now, we as taxpayers will pay for other's injuries rather than the insurance companies that take our money and raise our rates when we collect.

Governor Quinn, Ms. Radagno, Mr. Cullerton, don't you have more pressing issues to deal with, like keeping our Illinois government solvent to advert bankruptcy, rather than stealing worker's rights?

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  • I'm glad you wrote this and agree with what you are saying, but there are a bunch of typos and errors. Please fix since this has first page exposure on the Trib and is obviously an important topic that is flying way under the radar.

  • Michael, thanks for the comment. The typos are fixed and it is reposted. This is an important issue.

  • In reply to TerriLeeRyan:

    Are you really that naive? I am a union member and can give a ton of cases where people faked injuries and were payed thousands, or were injured off the job and turned it in as work related. Check out the amount of workers' compensation per $100 of payroll for Illinois, or even better Madison County Illinois, compared to the rest of the country. Your opinion may curry public sentiment, but in effect is chancing jobs out of state. Grab your shoulders and try to pull your head out of your...After that do some genuine research.

  • In reply to bigwave15:

    The health insurance companies will still raise your rates whether comp is in place as it is or not. And, if the new Comp bill is passed, if you are injured you will have limited rights and options under the new law.

  • In reply to bigwave15:

    Actually, I have checked with several attorney's and you DO have to be hurt while on the job to file a Worker's Comp claim. And, if you were drunk on the job, the chances of getting any comp benefits are almost non-existent.

  • In reply to bigwave15:

    Not sure who NAFSBUC is, but he's obviously not an attorney. His comments are not just wrong.....they're waaaaaaaaay wrong. There are legitimate workers' comp issues to be addressed, but here are two that are pretty solid: a) you have to be injured at work (or to have a condition that is work-related) in order to collect benefits; and 2) if you are injured at work because you are drunk, your claim will be denied. This is not to suggest that there aren't scammers out there (on BOTH sides), but let's not legislate away the rights of thousands of workers on the basis of anecdotal evidence. Which is to say, no evidence at all.

  • In reply to btref:

    Thanks for your comment! You are absolutely right. If we are to debate a topic, let's do it based on the facts! Thanks, again. T.

  • In reply to TerriLeeRyan:

    This is the biggest crock I have read in a long time. Do you realize that you don't have to be injured at work/on the job to get workers comp? Do you know that you can claim benefits if you are injured while drunk? The whole system is a mess and works well for those who know how to game it. It NEEDS to be reformed

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