In Illinois and all other states, a death that occurs while the decedent is at work is included within the state's compensation laws. Workers' compensation will automatically kick in when the employee dies while performing work duties, and that applies regardless of who is at fault in causing the workplace accident. The compensation law provides for the payments of death benefits to the deceased worker's next of kin.
This winter you may have been introduced to a new weather phenomenon that you have never heard of before, and likely will never want to hear from again. It was the polar vortex. While not so rare that it is a once in a lifetime event, it also doesn’t happen all the time. It last happened in 2014, before then it made appearances in 1989, 1985, 1982 and 1977. This vortex swoops down from the north pole carrying with it extremely cold temperatures.
Two workers recently experienced a shock when a malfunction occurred on a job. In addition to the surprising malfunction of a machine, the workers suffered injuries. Illinois employees may be relieved to learn that most employer's workers' compensation insurance benefits will cover medical expenses for similar work injuries.