Workers in Illinois who suffer an On the Job Injury might soon confront
a new Workers’ Compensation system. Wednesday, an Illinois House
committee voted to get rid of the state’s current Work Comp format.
Instead, employees who suffer a work related injury would go to a circuit
court. That’s where they would deal with their Workers’ Compensation claims.
Wednesday’s vote was surprising to some. Illinois lawmakers had been
working to reform the state’s Work Comp system so completely abandoning
it was a shock to many. However, media reports indicate one lawmaker who
sponsored the legislation says talks between all involved in the Worker’s
Compensation process are still taking place. Illinois State Representative
John Bradley, D-Marion said however, in some cases, it’s easier
to start fresh than trying to rehab a system.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is involved in work comp claims. Their website explains how work comp
in Illinois is a no-fault system of benefits that employers pay to employees
who suffer an on the job injury. The Commission controls the Illinois
court system in these instances. Here’s how it works: an arbitrator
first hears a Workers’ Compensation case. A panel of three commissioners
may then look over that arbitrator’s ruling.