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Illinois Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Presumption Explained

An Amendment to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act makes it easier for an employee who contracts COVID-19 to successfully prove that their diagnosis or coronavirus-related injury arose out of, occurred in the course of, and is causally connected to their employment.

In their most recent post, “Illinois Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Presumptions Explained,” Chicago, Illinois partner Jonathan E. Barrish and Mandeville, Louisiana attorney Allyson C. Byrd discuss the implications of HB2455 and outline what both employers and employees can expect following a COVID-19 workers’ compensation claim. Their article specifically mentions situations in which the Illinois COVID-19 Presumption can be rebutted by the employer, and whether the approach to defending workers’ compensation claims should change because of HB2455. To read the complete Litchfield Alert, please click here.

Jonathan has extensive experience before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. He is a frequent lecturer for carriers, third-party administrators and attendees of national conferences on topics concerning workers’ compensation. To read more about Jonathan’s practice, please click here.

Ally focuses her defense practice in the areas of workers’ compensation, premises liability and general liability. She regularly presents to third-party administrators and carriers on workers’ compensation and premises liability law. Ally is a licensed attorney and a contributor to this Litchfield Alert. To learn more about her practice, please click here.


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