Basic Requirements

Eligibility

There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to have a compensable Illinois workers’ compensation claim. These are set forth in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Request for Hearing form, which is filed before an arbitration hearing. You can find a […]

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Basic Requirements

Causation

An injured worker must show that his or her current condition of ill-being is causally connected to a work-related accident or occupational  disease exposure to be eligible for Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. Causation is a frequently disputed issue in workers’ compensation claims, especially where the injured […]

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Court Decisions

Self-Treatment Causing Infection Not an Independent Intervening Accident

In Dunteman v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2016 IL App (4th) 150543WC Google Scholar | Illinois Courts PDF, the Illinois Appellate Court considered the doctrine of “independent intervening accidents.” The claimant was a driver who developed a water blister on the bottom of his foot from driving. […]