Claims Inch Up Slightly
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) reports in its recently released 2008 report a slight rise of 1.5% in total claims from prior years.
1. Illinois’ Insurance Compliance unit gathered $1.8 million in fines for fiscal year 2008 from 66 uninsured employers with 900 workers operating, according to officials, without workers’ compensation insurance.
State rules mandate if employers knowingly and willfully do not obtain coverage, they can be fined up to $500 for every day of noncompliance, with a minimum fine of $10,000. Corporate officers may be held personally liable if the employer does not pay the fine. An employer can also face criminal charges and/or a work-stop order for failing to obtain workers’ compensation coverage.
2. Chicago and counties with hub cities located no more than an hour or so from the Windy City make up nearly 60% of all the state’s work injury claims. In breaking down the injuries, back and neck claims resulted in the biggest sector of reported injuries, accounting for 20% of all injuries last year.
3. Nearly 1,200 formal Review Decisions were processed in fiscal year 2008 accounting for 2% of all claim closures. Dismissals made up 9% of cases disposed of, while settlements accounted for 86% of all case closures. (workersxzcompxzkit)
4. Total claims disposed of last year totaled 59,533 between settlements, decisions and dismissals. Actual formal Arbitration Decisions were issued in nearly 3,600 cases representing a ratio of 6% of total claim dispositions.
The number of cases pending at the Commission has declined from a peak of 119,000 cases at the end of fiscal year 1995 to 97,300 cases at the end of fiscal year 2008.
To view the full report, visit: http://www.state.il.us/agency/IIC/annualreport.htm
Author: Robert Elliott, J.D.
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