If I Drive a Truck in Multiple States, Can I File for Workers’ Compensation in Illinois?

Semi-truck on highwayTruck drivers and other employees who work in multiple states often face confusion when it comes time to file for workers’ compensation benefits. In many cases, the employee may be eligible for Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, but there are exceptions. Due to complications in the law, it is important to consult an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer to help you initiate your claim.

When Can I File for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Illinois?

The most important question when determining whether you can file for workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois is whether your case is under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. There are three situations in which the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission could have jurisdiction over your case:

  • The injury occurred in the state of Illinois
  • The contract of employment was in Illinois
  • The primary place of employment is Illinois

This means that not only can truck drivers who are based in Illinois make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois, but in some cases drivers who are based elsewhere and get injured while passing through the state can do the same.

When Can’t I File for Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Some trucking companies may require their drivers to sign agreements stating that they will only file for workers’ compensation benefits in a particular state — but these agreements may not be operative in Illinois due to conflicts with state law. Illinois law prevents workers from signing away their rights to workers’ compensation as a condition of employment.

Provided that your case is under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer.

Rubens and Kress: Experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Truck drivers, airline employees, and other workers who do work in multiple states and have sustained an injury on the job should contact an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss their case. Rubens and Kress boasts a track record of success in workers’ compensation cases, and we charge no fee unless you collect. To discuss your options, contact Rubens and Kress online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.