Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Web Admin - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Illinois workers comp commission, Schaumburg workers compensation lawyers

If you have been injured while on the job, it is possible that you qualify for benefits under the workers’ compensation program. These benefits are often very important for individuals who are unable to work due to their injury or illness. Employers in Illinois are subject to numerous requirements relating to workers’ compensation. When disputes between employers and employees arise, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (Commission) may be used to settle those conflicts. 


Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system in which benefits are paid by employers to employees who suffer from work-related injury or serious illness. In some cases, disputes regarding the payment of these benefits arise between an employer and an employee. When this occurs, the Commission provides a method of resolving those disputes through an arbitration process. Arbitration involves both parties stating their case to a neutral, third-party, who then issues a ruling on the issue. The initial decision of the arbitrator may be appealed to a panel of three commissioners. Additional appeals may be brought in the traditional court system. However, most issues are resolved by settlement, thereby avoiding arbitration or litigation altogether. 

In order to begin a claim with the Commission, an employee must file three copies of the Application for Adjustment of Claim along with Proof of Service stating that a copy of the application was served on the employer. After this has been completed, a case number and arbitrator are assigned to the case. Every three months, the case is set for a status call, at which time either party may request a trial. This will continue for three years. If no trial is requested after three years, the arbitrator may dismiss the case. 

 The trial will resolve the dispute between the employer and employee. At the trial, the employee must demonstrate items like the existence of an employment relationship and that an injury occurred in relation to his or her work. While it is not necessary, many employees elect to hire an attorney to represent them. An attorney can help keep track of the claim, appear with an employee at hearings, and present evidence to prove the employee’s eligibility for benefits. Importantly, the Commission cannot recommend an attorney for an employee. 

Benefits of Workers’ Compensation 

Under the workers’ compensation system, employers are responsible for paying benefits when an eligible employee is injured on the job. Most employers decide to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. By purchasing insurance, employers can pay a premium and when a claim is made, the insurance company pays the employee on the employer’s behalf. Alternatively, an employer may elect to self-insure, which makes it their responsibility to pay eligible employees. 

There are numerous benefits provided to employees under workers’ compensation, including: 

1. Medical care reasonably necessary in order to cure or relieve the employee of the effects of the injury or illness;

2. Temporary total disability benefits while the employee is unable to work, recovering from the injury; 

3. Temporary partial disability benefits while the employee is working light duty for less compensation while recovering from the injury; 

4. Vocational rehabilitation or maintenance benefits for injured employees participating in an approved vocational rehabilitation program; 

5. Permanent partial disability benefits for employees who suffer permanent disability or disfigurement, but are still able to work; 

6.  Permanent total disability benefits for employees who suffer permanent disability or disfigurement and are unable to work; and/or 

7. Death benefits for a deceased employee’s surviving family members.

For more information about the workers’ compensation program, including ways in which legal representation can help you recover, you should talk to an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. Our attorneys represent individuals from areas such as Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, and Inverness.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Common Work Accidents in Industrial Plants

James Speers - Friday, December 20, 2013

By Ken Apicella

847 934 6000



Workers in industrial plants often receive safety training, and most plants take precautions to prevent accidents from happening. Still, industrial accidents do occur, and workers would do well to stay aware of common hazards in their environment. Some of the most common accidents that occur in industrial plants involve explosions or asphyxiation. In fact, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board attributes hundreds of deaths and injuries to these types of accidents since 1980.

Explosions in Industrial Plants

Industrial plants are often full of reactive chemicals and hazardous machinery. Unfortunately, those two things often place workers at risk of harm from explosions. Though explosions come in many different forms and have many different causes, some of the most common are pressure vessel explosions, chemical explosions, and combustible dust explosions.

Pressure vessel explosions happen when a gas starts to build up in a sealed tank. This can happen through heating or through an ongoing chemical reaction. Eventually, either due to overpressurization or a flaw in the tank, the vessel bursts, releasing a powerful shock wave and possibly hot vapor as well.

Chemical explosions differ in that they involve reactive chemicals rather than simple overpressurization. These explosions happen when a chemical reaction runs unchecked or a leak releases a flammable chemical, such as hydrogen, into the environment. Then a stray spark or other heat source ignites the chemical, causing an explosion.

The final type of explosion, combustible dust explosions, often happen in factories that produce fine powders, such as flour or sugar. If the company does not take care to properly ventilate the area and ensure a clean work environment, dust can build up in the air. Because fine dusts are often flammable, contact with a heat source can cause the entire cloud to explode.

Asphyxiation in Industrial Plants

Workers in chemical plants are also vulnerable to the hazard of asphyxiation. Though less common than explosions, the threat can be equally dangerous. Workers often asphyxiate in one of two ways. Either a gas leak releases a dangerous chemical into the room that causes suffocation, or the worker ends up in a cramped space for long periods, depriving them of oxygen.

Gas leaks can cause asphyxiation by affecting the concentration of oxygen in the air. Even the release of an ordinarily harmless gas like nitrogen can cause workers to suffocate if it saturates the air and deprives workers from taking in enough oxygen. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a plant accident. Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer today. We serve many northwest suburban areas including Barrington, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, and Rolling Meadows.

Recent Posts


Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer texting while driving ACA wills and trusts trustee traumatic brain injury Chicago car accident lawyer sole proprietorship elder abuse Schaumburg insurance lawyers estate planning trusts Illinois job attorney Fair Labor Standards Act insurance claim delay Home Remodeling Repair Act swimming pools Detainer Actions Illinois wills and trusts digital assets Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Schaumburg employment attorney Crystal Lake pet attorney Illinois registered agent murder charges Rolling Meadows real estate attorney traffic crimes Palatine real estate lawyer insurance denial appeals Chicago insurance claim attorneys revenge porn Palatine Attorney Illinois trucking safety Illinois civil litigation lawyer hands free device Des Plaines pet law attorney South Barrington real estate lawyer suspended license insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys drug possession FSLA Illinois bicycle safety Illinois speeding lawyer traffic deaths Affordable Care Act modern family estate planning wrongful death Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer IRA benefits Barrington estate planning attorney contracts Illinois rollover accident lawyers jet ski Illinois employee rights attorney. reckless homicide Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Buffalo Grove corporate attorney institutional trustee Buffalo Grove probate lawyer employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Arlington Heights traffic attorney federal crimes construction accidents living trust benefits criminal Illinois DUI attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer Chicago corporate attorney Illinois traffic ticket lawyer pay when paid contract personal injury lawyer insurance claim Illinois medical malpractice case eluding a police officer Rolling Meadows insurance attorney unauthorized overtime employment lawyer car accident Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Palatine criminal defense lawyer Palatine traffic lawyer minimum wage Inverness personal injury attorney blood alcohol content trucking accidents filing a medical malpractice claim underinsured motorist Illinois Sales Representative Act Crystal Lake traffic attorney Whistleblower Claims Employment Discrimination Law life insurance healthcare claims uninsured motorist Illinois elder law attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys home inspection lawyer hit and run accident drunk driving agent Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney workplace sexual harassment Arlington Heights personal injury attorney rollover accidents brain injury privacy Rolling Meadows Attorney unpaid overtime Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Inverness traffic law firm Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Illinois red light cameras Deer Park medical malpractice attorney probate process power of attorney for healthcare Illinois boating accident lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Illinois Smoke Detector Act real estate attorney DUI penalities estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, real estate contract insurance claim denials Rolling Meadows accident lawyer workers compensation vacation home fines Crystal Lake accident attorney life insurance policy Illinois employment law attorneys employment law, Illinois employment laws Palatine injury attorney Crystal Lake car accident attorney Inverness accident lawyer digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Palatine elder law attorney Barrington injury attorney Des Plaines collections attorney Crystal Lake injury attorney Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers medical marijuana insurance dispute attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute pizza emoji Crystal Lake traffic lawyer probate Barrington attorney Schaumburg elder law lawyer ken apicella Illinois defective products attorney Illinois driving without license real estate lawyer Deer Park workers compensation lawyer DUI attorney Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Long Grove real estate attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Deer Park traffic lawyer Exclusions Crystal Lake personal injury attorney preventing accidents Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Arlington Heights insurance attorney civil rights violation Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Illinois employment attorneys Chicago insurance law firm no contest clauses Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Illinois insurance disputes Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers denied insurance claims Palatine employment law lawyer Transfer on Death Instrument workers compensation benefits Family Medical Leave Act Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Colin Gilbert privacy laws medical malpractice compensation DNR unpaid assessment appealing an insurance claim unfunded trust Illinois traffic attorney workers comp Do Not Resuscitate license suspension Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Kenilworth estate planning attorney advance healthcare directive loss of consortium Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Barrington estate planning lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyer Palatine civil litigation lawyer estate planning lawyer rumble strips LLCs pet law natural gas explosion Schaumburg corporate attorney employee discrimination traumatic brain injuries Arlington Heights employment attorney civil litigation cell phone tower data Illinois criminal defense attorney subcontractor medical research Deer Park DUI lawyer distracted driving accidents Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Illinois home inspection car accident lawyer Attorney Ken Apicella wills Illinois living will Long Grove estate planning attorneys Deer Park criminal attorney corporate law estate planning attorney Retaliatory Discharge overtime violations Deer Park employment law attorney marijuana crimes attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Chicago estate planning severance agreements Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Illinois wrongful termination lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney Des Plaines drug lawyer Illinois Kenilworth estate planning lawyer employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Riverwoods estate planning lawyer guardianship attorney Chicago lawyer trusts manufacturing Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer employees consent to a search bicycle accidents traffic violations defense capital gains tax FMLA Schaumburg wrongful death attorney liability claims gift taxes food poisoning medical malpractice Barrington boating accident attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Illinois law Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Illinois estate planning law firm Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Crystal Lake tax lawyer Palatine employment attorney Chicago biking tips DGAA Schaumburg Attorney criminal record insurance disputes Arlington Heights trucking lawyer hiring employees BAC Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Illinois insurance lawyer medication errors Palatine employment lawyer Buffalo Grove employment lawyer installment contracts breathalyzer test digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, power of attorney rest breaks Schaumburg traffic lawyer meal breaks expungement Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Illinois insurance claim attorney cell phone accidents Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer personal injury accidents Long Grove estate planning distracted driving accident victims real estate attorneys Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Illinois small business Illinois car accident attorney Illinois pet lawyer Palatine corporate attorney car collision Super Mario defective products lawyer Inverness elder law lawyer taxes Schaumburg personal injury lawyer School Visitation Rights Act Palatine trusts lawyer mortgage Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys commercial leases Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Schaumburg criminal law attorney murder Illinois construction accident attorney traffic offenses spinal cord injury Illinois workplace lawyer boating under the influence head on collisions estate tax Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney PTSD Des Plaines real estate lawyer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer fatal car accidents TBI Illinois insurance attorney Palatine drug lawyer income distribution deducation DUI Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Palatine estate planning lawyer car crashes estate planning college kids Illinois business law atorneys caregiver Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney Schaumburg real estate lawyer speeding sexual images probate claims Illinois real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Fourth of July dealing with problem employees Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission pedestrian accidents drug crimes Palatine construction attorney changes to mortgage law disability benefits Barrington criminal defense lawyer Palatine probate lawyer Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Des Plaines DUI attorney Illinois tax attorney jet ski accidents mass shooting life insurance claims Mt Prospect Attorney Arlington Heights accident attorney Barrington business law firm personal injury law firm personal injury Palatine corporate law attorneys Inverness injury lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer commercial leasing Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Inverness corporate attorney Chicago attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer Des Plaines personal injury attorney Illinois pedestrian accident attorney accidental death benefits operating agreements Class A misdemeanor Legal Info Inverness real estate lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney rent to own real estate contracts Rolling Meadows employment law attorney clemency Palatine traffic accidents defective products insurance claim dispute business litigation personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys trench injuries car crash injuries Barrington employment law attorney motorcycle accident Illinois employment law firm Schaumburg personal injury attorney Illinois probate lawyer Thanksgiving social media after death Arlington Heights tax lawyer overtime pay Barrington Traffic Lawyer Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer real estate leasing BUI drugs whistleblower protections license Crystal Lake employment lawyer field sobriety test wrongful termination forming a corporation in Illinois GM ignition switches Illinois collections attorney bicycle dooring accidents Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois medical malpractice attorney traffic tickets personal injury claims Barrington workers compensation attorney living wills Schaumburg deed transfer trust payments IRELA Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Inverness civil lawyer senior citizens Chicago will attorney license revocation Crystal Lake business law attorneys Illinois mortgages DUI defense Rolling Meadows traffic law firm condo association Palatine punch death startup company Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Inverness DUI lawyer Illinois personal injury foreclosed rental property digital information employee misclassification Palatine civil attorney special needs trust owner responsibility loopholes criminal defense driving civil litigation attorney BAIID Illinois workplace discrimination attorney compensatory time boating accidents Schaumburg employment law attorneys pregnant women Illinois injury lawyer Chicago employment lawyer insurance dispute personal injury claim Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney marijuana license reinstatement criminal law medical malpractice claims Schaumburg car accident attorney real estate closing traffic accidents automated cars Illinois traffic laws Mount Prospect real estate lawyer first degree murder medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers job lawyers controlled substance construction contracts Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Illinois insurance claims lawyers personal injury attorney golf accidents bad faith insurance claims Illinois traffic accident lawyer employment attorney trucking accident lawyers Mount Prospect elder law attorney insurance claim dispute attorney traffic violations insurance denials Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer DMV Deer Park real estate law firm Des Plaines personal injury lawyer estate attorney commercial real estate comp time fiduciary rule Palatine law firm rollover car crashes Illinois personal injury lawyers homestead rights underfunded trust in terrorem provision Palatine insurance lawyer employee rights Buffalo Grove law firm motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois will lawyer dynasty trusts Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois trusts attorney financial advisors Illinois business lawyer bike accident residential real estate employment law Deer Park accident attorney life insurance lawyer deadly crashes Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Crystal Lake law firm cell phone Illinois attorney independent contractor Des Plaines insurance attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Long Grove estate planning attorney preventable medical errors Forcible Entry child safety Palatine personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights real estate lawyer insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents blended families Des Plaines accident attorney Schaumburg estate planning lawyer spinal cord injuries Barrington drug crime attorney Des Plaines real estate attorney Illinois workers compensation attorney Arlington Heights Attorney Joliet general practice lawyers Self-Directed IRA Accounts car accident lawyers Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, IRA trust transfer nursing home negligence Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer living trust insurance adjusters Barrington criminal lawyer Palatine business attorney living trust vs will Inverness probate lawyer murder defense insurance agents Schaumburg probate attorney Illinois lawyer comparative negligence Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Schaumburg estate planning attorney truck collisions products liability paid sick leave Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Barrington personal injury lawyer real estate zoning involuntary manslaughter surgical mistakes new real estate form texting and driving denial of life insurance real estate Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Illinois employment lawyer Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act healthcare creditors car accidents Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer boating DUI Illinois LLC creation Rolling Meadows employment attorney Crystal Lake will lawyer Illinois personal injury attorney Barrington litigation attorney Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Illinois estate planning Chicago trucking accident attorney Chicago estate planning lawyer Arlington Heights injury attorney Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Liquor Control Act pain and suffering Illinois employment law irrevocable trust caretaker rights foreclosure Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument icy parking lots premises liability holiday statistics Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Des Plaines criminal attorney Arlington Heights lawyer Rolling Meadows natural gas Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Home Sale Contingencies Jay Andrew Illinois employment law attorney health insurance dispute Inverness estate planning lawyer product liability drunk driving statistics Policy Cancellation digital evidence ObamaCare Illinois corporate lawyer Des Plaines injury law firm problem employees insurance claim denial probate claims process traffic laws insurance negligence low-ball insurance settlement Barrington employment attorney Rolling Meadows business lawyer internet liens Illinois Human Rights Act IRS right to work car crash insurance claims Chicago employment attorney Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney small business Illinois real estate pedestrian accident Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm investment property landlord Inverness insurance attorney drug crimes lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys probate fees Crystal Lake employment law attorney llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Barrington personal injury attorney insurance attorney Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Illinois medical malpractice claim Arlington Heights employment law attorneys CAM slip and fall accidents wage theft estate plan work unions Illinois medical malpractice lawyers fault based insurance pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality tax attorney Barrington employment law firm denied insurance claim underage DUI drug crime Illinois workers compensation lawyer Illinois employment laws Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer POA crossover accidents pet bites construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation breach of contract Colin H. Gilbert estate planning for college students Long Grove real estate lawyer Inverness real estate attorney Crystal Lake employment attorney Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney dog bites Schaumburg injury lawyer federal regulations for LLCs landlord tenant law Chicago traffic lawyer vacation home liability auto accidents back injuries condo attorney fees Illinois traffic attorneys probate lawyer sexual harassment trauma after an accident Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Illinois estate planning attorney slip and fall Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer elder law Schaumburg criminal attorney Landlord Tenant Ordinance anesthesia errors Schaumburg estate attorney Des Plaines Arlington Heights TBI attorney insurance agent negligence pedestrian-automobile accident employment contract dram shop law fiduciary rule delay