This course provides a comprehensive overview of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act, the practices and procedures before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, and the state agency responsible for administering that Act.
It covers coverage under the Act, jurisdiction of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, the statutory requirements necessary to prove a compensable claim, including what constitutes a compensable accident and the notice required of such accidents.
Average weekly wage calculations and how benefit rates are determined, along with the benefits to which injured employees are entitled and some special remedies that an employee may receive and the benefits and rights afforded employers under the provisions of the Act, as well as some of the more often litigated issues unique to Illinois workers' compensation claims are also highlighted.
By taking this course, you will learn the ins and outs of how insurance companies operate in Illinois. The course is delivered via self-paced, online modules and an end-of-course exam, as described below.
- Illinois Workers' Compensation Insurance System Overview
This module covers the technical aspects of insurance in Illinois including how insurance underwriters determine the premium employers pay and what factors drive up the cost of a workers' compensation insurance policy.
- Introduction to Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and Determining What Constitutes a Compensable Accident
In this module, we give a historical perspective as to what prompted the creation of the Act and what is the underlying purpose of the Act, followed with an explaination of the nuts and bolts of when the Act applies, for whom it covers and when Illinois has jurisdiction to hear a claim for an injured employee.
Also included is a discussion as to the elements required for a compensable work accident under the Act, including the requirements that the accident "arise out of" and "in the course of" the employment, that the employee have a definable "date of accident," and that proper notice of the accident is provided to the employer within a set number of days following the accident.
- Interim Benefits
With module 2, we begin discussing the interim benefits to which an employee is entitled once it is established that he or she has had a compensable work accident. There is a discussion as to how the average weekly wage (AWW) is determined for the employee and the importance of this calculation in determining the payment of benefits. The various interim benefits, including medical benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, temporary disability benefits and maintenance benefits are discussed as well.
- Permanent Benefits
In this module, we outline a discussion of the various permanent benefits that are available to injured employees, depending upon the nature and extent of the injuries sustained. This discussion includes a summary of disfigurement benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, wage differential benefits, permanent total disability benefits and death benefits.
- Additional Remedies and Practice and Procedure Before the IWCC
Thsi module covers some of the additional remedies available to employees, including a discussion of various penalties that may be awarded along with awards of attorneys' fees, as well as some limited "remedies" that are available to employers.
We conclude with an overview of the practices and procedures for handling claims before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, from the initial inception with the filing of the Application for Adjustment of Claim to the conclusion of the case through trial, appeal or settlement
- Trends in Illinois Workers' Compensation
This live or recorded Webinar provides updated information on new Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, appellate court and Supreme Court decisions and new legislative changes or administrative procedural rule changes that will impact the handling of workers' compensation claims in Illinois. You can choose to attend the annual live session or view a recorded version at a more convenient date throughout the year to complete your ILWCS designation or keep it up-to-date.
One exam is included in the Illinois Workers' Compensation Series. It consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time period. You must first take the Illinois Workers' Compensation Series training modules before taking this exam. The pass mark is 70%. You will have one attempt to pass this exam. (Additional exams are $50.)
You will receive six months of unlimited access to this package. Upon placing your order, you will receive an email with instructions to access your online training. You may begin immediately!
Note: This course may be taken independently for professional development or in conjunction with other courses to earn the Workers Compensation Specialist (WCS) designation. Click on the hyperlinked item for a full description of the designation.