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Injuries That Are Not Covered By The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

Every state has its own set of laws regarding workers’ compensation. It is important to be aware of your state’s specific policies. Just like the majority of other states, workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees who acquire a work-related injury or illness, whether that individual was or was not at fault. 

Most injuries and illnesses that result partially or fully from an employee’s work are typically covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. This includes the employee’s job causing a new injury or illness and worsening a previously-existing health condition. Though employees are usually aided- following a work-related illness or injury, there are still some circumstances that can occur on the job that are not covered by the compensation act. 

The following are injuries not covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act: 

  • Self-initiated conditions, which include any injuries caused upon the employee who started a fight with another worker or customer or any injuries caused by participating in an activity or action not demanded or influenced by the workplace. 
  • Injuries or illnesses that result from an employee violating any company procedures or regulations.
  • Injuries or illnesses developed outside of the workplace caused by activities unrelated to an individual’s job. 
  • Conditions that occur due to an employee committing a serious crime, including theft. 

Despite these exceptions, most injuries and illnesses that happen at the workplace are deserving of coverage through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Consult with us at Franks & Rechenberg, P.C., where we will help secure your access to workers’ compensation benefits at crucial times. 

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