Monthly Archives: January 2013

Truck driver wins argument that he was employee, not independent contractor

An Illinois court of appeals recently confirmed a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Commission that a truck driver was an employee, despite the trucking company’s argument that he was an independent contractor who was not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Under Illinois law, only employees are entitled to benefits, such as payment for medical bills … Continue Reading

Foot injury from standing at work in Illinois

Many different types of employees are on their feet for the majority of their shift or workday. From cashiers and others in retail or hospitality, to those doing physical labor, workers who stand a lot are susceptible to foot pain as a result. However, many of these cases are not considered workers’ compensation cases. When … Continue Reading

What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

A Functional Capacity Evaluation, or FCE, is a test that is performed at the end of treatment to determine what, if any, restrictions a worker has in terms of the ability to perform his or her job. These tests usually require a prescription from a doctor, although the initial recommendation may come from your attorney, … Continue Reading

After a work injury, the clock starts ticking

Workers’ compensation law in Illinois is considered fairly favorable to injured workers, especially when compared to the laws in other states. However, your right to benefits under our state’s system does not remain open indefinitely. The statute of limitations on filing a claim for workers’ comp is three years from the date you were injured. … Continue Reading

What are wage differential benefits?

After a work injury, you might be unable to do the same job you had been doing for years. This could be a temporary situation or it could be permanent. Some employers are able to accommodate your restrictions by finding you light duty work. You may have to take a different job, which results in … Continue Reading