We Support Illinois Workers–And The Law Can Too


| Jim Coogan

May 24, 2016–Our law firm has been committed to the rights and the dignity of working people since its inception.  The founder, Patrick E. Dwyer II grew up the son of a Chicago Police Department Officer who was instrumental in advocating for benefits to take care of police officers in the State of Illinois.  We have consistently represented workers for injury claims with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (formerly the Illinois Industrial Commission http://www.iwcc.il.gov/).  And we are very proud to be members and supporters of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association when they make statements like this one, supporting Workers’ rights: https://www.iltla.com/illinois-afl-cio-illinois-trial-lawyers-association-illinois-nurses-association-workers-care-alliance/.

After the law was changed in 2011, the amount of money for medical care and disability pay to workers decreased.  However, employers have not seen a proportional reduction in their insurance premiums.  That does not add up.  Not for workers, or for the doctors that treat them (as the law limited the amount doctors and hospitals get paid), or for employers (since they’re not seeing the savings they were intended to get).  However, it is adding up well for Insurance companies offering Workers’ Compensation insurance in Illinois.

The Illinois General Assembly has examined the changes in the law and the effects they have had on work injuries in Illinois.  And now they have passed laws which will strengthen the changes made in 2011 and create an even better set of rules for both Employers and Workers.

May 24, 2016–Our law firm has been committed to the rights and the dignity of working people since its inception.  The founder, Patrick E. Dwyer II grew up the son of a Chicago Police Department Officer who was instrumental in advocating for benefits to take care of police officers in the State of Illinois.  We have consistently represented workers for injury claims with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (formerly the Illinois Industrial Commission http://www.iwcc.il.gov/).  And we are very proud to be members and supporters of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association when they make statements like this one, supporting Workers’ rights: https://www.iltla.com/illinois-afl-cio-illinois-trial-lawyers-association-illinois-nurses-association-workers-care-alliance/.

After the law was changed in 2011, the amount of money for medical care and disability pay to workers decreased.  However, employers have not seen a proportional reduction in their insurance premiums.  That does not add up.  Not for workers, or for the doctors that treat them (as the law limited the amount doctors and hospitals get paid), or for employers (since they’re not seeing the savings they were intended to get).  However, it is adding up well for Insurance companies offering Workers’ Compensation insurance in Illinois.

The Illinois General Assembly has examined the changes in the law and the effects they have had on work injuries in Illinois.  And now they have passed laws which will strengthen the changes made in 2011 and create an even better set of rules for both Employers and Workers.

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