IS THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT?
In 1911, the Illinois Workers'
Compensation Act was enacted by the Illinois legislature
to provide financial protection through the payment
of specified benefits, to any worker who sustains an
Every employer is responsible
for providing Workers' Compensation benefits to injured
workers directly (self-insured) or through the purchase
of a Workers' Compensation insurance policy. These benefits
are provided at no cost to employees.
Every worker injured in
Illinois, hired in Illinois but injured while working
in another state or injured while working in another
state for employer whose principal place of business
is in Illinois, is covered by the Act.
On-the-job injuries covered
by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act include any
injury arising out of or in the course of employment,
in addition to any injury resulting from repetitive
trauma such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Also, accidents
resulting from re-injury or aggravation of a pre-existing
condition are compensable under the Act.
In exchange for receiving
Workers' Compensation benefits in a timely manner and
regardless of fault, employees gave up the right to
ever sue their employers for a work-related injury.
Rights Under Worker's Compensation