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Understanding what is and isn’t covered by Workers’ Compensation
By Mark Weissburg
What’s an accident? This might sound like a silly question, but it’s actually the subject of a great deal of case law. At the most basic level, the term “accident” encompasses anything that happens without design. It can also refer to an event which is unforeseen by the person to whom it happens. But in order for an accident to fall under the protections of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act it has to arise out of and in the course of the employment. What exactly this means will be discussed below. But before we get into the nitty gritty, I want to emphasize one thing. If your employer refuses to pay you benefits because they don’t think your accident qualifies under the Workers’ Compensation Act, find yourself a good Workers’ Compensation attorney and get their opinion. I’ve seen cases denied for good reasons, bad reasons, and no real reason at all.