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18
Aug 2021

Illinois COVID-19 Presumption of Compensability “Expires”

By Joseph Gregorio     

  On May 21, 2020, amendments to the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act created a rebuttable presumption in favor of compensability for COVID-19 first responders and front-line workers  who contract COVID-19; the expansive definition of “front-line workers” is based on occupations identified in the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-10 and includes employees of grocery stores, banks, postal
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01
Jul 2021

Governor Pritzker Signs Bill Allowing Pre-Judgment Interest in Civil Cases

By Padraig McCoid     

  Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 102-0006 on May 28, 2021. The law amends the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure to allow pre-judgment interest in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Plaintiffs can now collect 6% interest per year from the date a suit is filed. Interest will accrue during the pendency of
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29
Jun 2021

The End of the COVID-19 Presumption in Illinois

By Adam Cox     

  “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson In the January 2021 legislative session the General Assembly approved HB 4276, which Governor Pritzker signed into law as PA 101-563.  This extended the rebuttable COVID-19 presumption under the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act until June 30, 2021.  Although efforts were taken to
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18
May 2021

Kane County Circuit Court Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleging Employee Contracted Covid-19 at Work and Then Transmitted the Virus to His Spouse

By Steven Jacobson     

  On March 31, 2021, a circuit court judge in Kane County determined that employers owe no duty of care to their employees’ spouses who contract Covid-19 in the workplace.  As alleged in the lawsuit, Ricardo Ugalde was employed as a butcher at a meat packing company when he contracted the virus at work on
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17
May 2021

Taking Back the Reins in Workers’ Compensation: The Role of Self Insurance and High Deductible Coverage

By Adam Cox     

  When it comes to workers’ compensation claims: If you’ve had a claim where it felt like you lost control, If you’ve wished for more input in decision making, If you’ve been blindsided by an untimely substantial payment in one or more claims, If you’ve been frustrated with the time it’s taking to return injured
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