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.

Dealing with Insurance Companies: Examinations under Oath

Web Admin - Saturday, January 04, 2014

If you recently filed an insurance claim, then you may have just received a request to participate in an examination under oath (“EUO”). An EUO is an interview that an insurance company’s lawyer conducts to investigate a recently filed claim. While receiving an EUO does not mean that the company will deny the insurance claim for sure, it tends to signal that the company found some issue that they would like to investigate further.

What Happens at an EUO?

An EUO is a formal process involving the insurance company’s lawyer as well as a court reporter who will transcribe everything said at the examination. The examination begins with a swearing in, making it a felony to lie under Illinois law. After that, the company’s attorney will start asking you questions. These questions will probably start out with basic questions of your or your family’s background including things like employment or criminal histories. It may then move into an examination of your finances, such as credit history or past bankruptcy filings.

Once the other side’s attorney establishes a baseline, the questions can move on to the specific event at issue in the claim. These questions can include a recounting of your story of the events and questions about your policy choices. In some instances, like fires insurance, the questions may even relate to whether you have an alibi. In this part of the process, the insurance company will look for inconsistencies with your prior recorded statement, so a consistent retelling of the facts is important.

Before the EUO, the company will do some investigation of its own surrounding the circumstances of the claim, as well as any irregularities from past claims. Consequently, you should be prepared for unexpected questions or inquiries into facts you did not know they had access to. Additionally, at the EUO the company can make you produce certain other documents to aid them in their investigation of the claim. These documents include tax returns, credit card statements, and cell phone records among other things.

Do I Need an Attorney?

While the law makes no formal rule saying that you need an attorney to participate in an EUO, having one present to represent you is advisable. The insurance company will have an attorney there, so having one of your own can help even the odds. Additionally, these examinations take place without a judge present, so an attorney on your side can help keep the company’s lawyer in check.

If you have recently received a request for an EUO, contact an experienced Des Plaines insurance dispute attorney. We serve many northwest suburban areas including Rolling Meadows, Deer Park, and Schaumburg.

The Hazards of Electricity in Workplace Accidents

Web Admin - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

By Ken Apicella

847 934-6000



Electricity is a common part of people’s everyday lives. Because it is so accessible, people often forget how dangerous it can be. In fact, hundreds of people die each year in accidents related to electricity, many of them while at work. Even though Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations mandate safe insulation or grounding around all electrical circuits, workers can still benefit from knowing the types of injury that electricity can cause and how electrical injuries happen.

Types of Electrical Injury

Electricity can cause three very different types of injury: burns, muscle contractions, and internal injuries.

Electricity causes burns in two ways. First, if a person suffers an electric shock, the electricity can heat up their body to the point that it burns the body along the path of the current. Second, faulty electrical equipment can overheat, or give off electrical arcs. These can cause burns to those nearby, even if the person does not actually come in direct contact with the source of electricity.

It also interferes with muscle function. Because our bodies trigger muscle contractions through electrical signals, electrocution can cause severe, involuntary muscle spasms. These can lead to muscular damage or even broken bones.

Electrocution also affects the function of a person's internal organs. Depending on the strength of the electrical shock, it can lead to internal bleeding and nerve damage. More serious shocks may even lead to cardiac arrest, which can be fatal in some circumstances.

How Electrical Injuries Happen

Electrical injuries may occur in a variety of different ways. For instance, extension cords can lead to electrocution if used improperly. Careless use of extension cords can cause them to fray or loose insulation, which exposes dangerous live wires. Additionally, some extension cords do not come with built-in ground wires, which can add to the danger.

Improper use of other equipment can also lead to electrical injuries. Modified tools or wires, jury-rigged extension cords, and improperly rated circuit breakers can all cause electrocution. One common yet dangerous modification is the removal of ground pins from wires. This allows a three-pronged plug to fit into a two-pronged outlet, but it puts the tool at a higher risk of malfunction. Of course, these examples represent just some of the many ways that improper safety precautions can cause electrocution.

If you or a loved one recently suffered an electrical injury that you believe may qualify for compensation, contact a Des Plaines personal injury attorney today. Our experience can help you get the payment that you deserve. We serve many areas in the northwest suburbs including Palatine, Inverness, Buffalo Grove, and Arlington Heights.

Recent Posts


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