Throughout ancient and modern history, the American worker was not always valued. Instead, companies had the opportunity to make decisions based on their bottom line and not on the safety of those working for them. As recently as the early 1900s, American workers were typically not protected or supported if they were injured at work. Thanks to a pivotal book, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, that was published in 1906, the early framework for worker’s compensation began.
It has taken decades for the modern worker’s compensation laws to fully protect employees. Some would argue, however, that certain states have not gone far enough to ensure the safety and support of their employees.
Isn’t worker’s compensation the same across the country?
Unfortunately, no. Worker’s compensation rules and regulations vary by state. While there are certainly best practices, a company is only bound by the laws set forth in their home state.
What if I am injured in a state I don’t work in?
We see this situation happen quite often, thanks to being so close to Wisconsin and Iowa. If you are hired in Illinois but sent to work on a project in Wisconsin, for example, you are still covered with Illinois worker’s compensation protections.
What if my company’s headquarters are located in another state?
If you work for a company that is headquartered in Kansas but were hired in Illinois, you are covered by Illinois worker’s compensation laws.
How does Illinois compare when it comes to worker’s compensation laws?
While Illinois is certainly not perfect, we are lucky that Illinois has excellent worker’s compensation law. Compared to bordering states, workers in Illinois are more likely to receive better care and support in worker’s compensation claims.
Thanks to our strong worker’s compensation state laws, the team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesworks diligently to tie claims back to Illinois when possible. If you have been injured at work, even if it is in another state, but you have employment ties to Illinois, contact our office to talk more about it. We can provide guidance and representation to assure you receive the financial support you need during this time.