Suspension of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Illinois: Questions and Answers for Employers
Whether or not Knell Law L.L.C., handled the original workers’ compensation claim, our defense lawyers are available to provide advice and direction about suspension of benefits. If you are an Illinois employer and have questions about suspension of workers’ compensation benefits under specific circumstances, we encourage you to contact Knell Law L.L.C., in Peoria, for additional information and advice. Our attorneys represent insurers, self-insured employers and third-party administrators throughout Illinois.
Suspension of Benefits: When Is It Allowable?
Whether it is allowable to suspend payment of workers’ compensation benefits depends both on the types of benefits the worker is receiving and on the specific circumstances at play.
We can answer suspension of benefits questions regarding all types of workers’ compensation benefits:
- Temporary total benefits
- Temporary partial disability
- Medical benefits
- Wage replacement
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Permanent total disability benefits
Some of the most common suspension of benefits situations about which employers and insurance companies call us are:
- Return to light duty work
- Termination of employment
- Receipt of unemployment compensation benefits
- Employee’s failure to cooperate with prescribed medical treatment or light duty work restrictions
- Employee’s failure to attend an independent medical examination
- Employee’s failure to pass a drug test
Representing Employers and Insurance Companies in the Suspension Hearing
Even if an employer has properly suspended workers’ compensation benefits, the employee may file a claim disputing the suspension. Our experienced trial and arbitration lawyers are available to represent clients at these hearings to argue in favor of the suspension hearing.
Untangling Liens in Workers’ Compensation Cases
An issue related to suspension of benefits is the issue of liens in workers’ compensation cases. If Medicare or the Illinois Department of Public Aid has placed a lien in a specific workers’ compensation case, we can evaluate whether the lien is proper and provide other necessary advice and representation.