Worker's Compensation Law

llinois Worker's Compensation Benefits



The Illinois system of worker's compensation (workman's comp) is compulsory, meaning that employers are required to provide worker's compensation insurance for their employees. Worker's compensation insurance may be provided through a a private insurance carrier, or employers may self-insure. Waivers are not permitted.

Special Employment Situations

An employer engaged in "carriage by land, water, or aerial service and loading or unloading in connection therewith" with two or fewer employees may be exempt from the state's worker's compensation act. Depending upon the number of hours worked, with the exception of certain members of the employer's immediate family, agricultural employees may be covered by the compulsory provisions of the act. Any worker or workers employed for a total of forty or more hours per week for a period of thirteen more more weeks during a calendar year by any household or residence is covered by the state worker's compensation act.

Medical Benefits & Choice of Physician

Full medical benefits are provided to employees entitled to worker's compensation benefits, with no time or monetary limits. Initial choice of physician is made by the employee.

Disability Benefits Provided

Payments are made for temporary total disability (TTD) in an amount determined by a percentage of the worker's wage, subject to a weekly maximum payment amount. Payments continue for the duration of the disability.

Payments are made for permanent total disability (PTD) based upon a percentage of the worker's wage, subject to weekly minimum and maximum payment amounts. Payments for PTD may continue for life.

Payments for permanent partial disability (PPD) are made based upon a percentage of the worker's wage, subject to a weekly maximum payment amount. Depending upon the nature of the disability, payments for PPD may continue for up to 500 weeks.

Scheduled awards are paid in addition to total temporary disability benefits starting upon termination of the termination of the TTD benefits. Scheduled awards are not reduced because of receipt of TTD benefits.

Benefits may be available for serious and permanent disfigurement of the hand, head, face, neck, arm, leg below the knee, or chest above the axillary line.

Physical and vocational rehabilitation benefits are available.

With certain constraints and filing deadlines, occupational hearing losses may be compensable.

Death Benefits Provided

Death benefits are payable to an employee's surviving spouse, or spouse and children, based upon a percentage of the employee's wages, subject to a cap. A minimum benefit is provided regardless of the employee's earnings. A burial allowance is available.

Limits on Attorney Fees

Attorney fees for claimants are limited to 20% by statute. In certain cases, the attorney fee may be added to the award.


Important Notice: The following overview of Illinois's worker's compensation (workmans comp) benefits is presented on an as-is basis. This information is believed accurate as of the date of authorship, but is not intended to provide a complete analysis of available benefits and may not reflect subsequent changes in the law. For a full review of Illinois's worker's compensation law, or for a determination of how the law applies to a specific worker, please consult a worker's compensation attorney licensed to practice in the state of Illinois.