The Illinois legislature just passed a law in response to a notorious claim in which a Sheriff Deputy, driving more than 100 miles per hour while using his cell phone, crossed a median and slammed into a car, killing two teenage sisters.
The claim drew regional and national attention and ultimately resulted in a revision in Illinois’ worker’s compensation claims that would prevent any State employee hurt at work from being eligible for worker’s compensation if the injury happened during a forcible felony, an aggravated DUI, or reckless homicide, if any of those crimes killed or injured another person.
The law is much more restrictive than the initial media summaries blaring “State law bars State employees injured while committing crimes from receiving worker’s comp.”
This is another example of bad cases creating bad law.
This is another example of bad cases creating bad law. The Sheriff filed a worker’s compensation claim for his injuries but an arbitrator concluded that his high speed and cell phone use was a “substantial and unjustifiable risk resulting in gross deviation” barring his claim. The Illinois legislature reacted to the media and public outcry.
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