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Chiropractor sues Universal Health Institute for allegedly unpaid wages

A chiropractor is suing Universal Health Institute Ltd., a former employer, citing alleged breach of contract, violation of workers compensation acts, unpaid wages and violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Raymond S. Manasia filed a complaint May 30 in Cook County Circuit Court accusing the defendant of underpaying his salary and failing to pay agreed bonuses. The…

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Illinois Passes Bill Requiring Pre-Approval of Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates

The Illinois General Assembly has passed a bill that requires the pre-approval of workers’ compensation insurance rates by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The legislation also “permits sensible corporate restructuring for insurers and reinsurers,” according to the American Insurance Association. But, according to AIA’s Steve Schneider, vice president for state affairs, Midwest region, the group is “disappointed that policymakers have…

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Study: Time off, lawyers push Illinois workers compensation costs up

Workers’ compensation costs in Illinois have grown every year since reforms efforts in 2011. A study of workers’ compensation claims through March 2017 by the nonprofit Workers Compensation Research Institute found the state’s average cost to businesses rose by 1 to 3 percent annually since 2011. The study found medical payments, protections against loss (called indemnity), and administrative costs have…

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Parties Must Submit Email Addresses Before Notices Start July 2

Beginning July 2, all parties in workers’ compensation claims cases will receive notice through electronic means, so the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission needs updated email addresses, the commission announced this week. The commission will no longer send notices via mail after July 2. It’s part of a modernization effort by the commission to streamline operations and close down massive warehouses that…

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Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch says Arizona second-hand asbestos exposure ruling could have impacts elsewhere

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that found companies should not be held liable for damages related to second-hand asbestos exposure is “common sense” and could affect similar cases in other states, according to Travis Akin, the executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch. “The ruling is just common sense,” Akin told the Cook County Record. “There was…

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WCRI: Little Change in Average Total Workers’ Comp Claim Cost Since 2013 Indiana Reform

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana was stable in the years since the state enacted workers’ compensation system reforms, according to a recent Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study. The study, CompScope Benchmarks for Indiana, 18th Edition, provides a look at changes in the Indiana workers’ compensation system following the enactment in 2013 of House Enrolled…

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Crisis looms in workers’ comp system

There’s a crisis looming in our state’s workers’ compensation system. If allowed to fester, it will keep workers from receiving timely medical treatment for workplace injuries. It will delay workers’ recoveries and their return to their jobs. And it will end up costing more for the very businesses and insurers seeking efficiencies in the system. This crisis is not one…

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WCRI: Illinois’ Workers’ Comp Claim Total Cost Grew 1-3% Annually Since 2012

The average total cost per workers’ compensation claim in Illinois grew annually anywhere from 1 to 3 percent since 2012, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). “Due to small to moderate changes in medical payments per claim, indemnity benefits per claim, and benefit delivery expenses per claim, the average total cost per workers’ compensation…

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