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Observing that the Illinois Legislature had indicated a strong preference for period payments, rather than lump sum awards, a state appellate court recently held it was error for a state trial court to order immediate payment, in a lump sum, of all PPD benefits that a workers’ compensation claimant might ever collect for the injury. Stressing that the nature of workers’ compensation benefits was to provide a substitute for an injured worker’s lost wages, the Court said the employer could not be ordered to pay the worker a lump sum benefit unless the worker had sought such a lump sum pursuant to special statute, 820 ILCS 305/9. In as much as the worker had not done so, it was error for the trial court to short-cut the payment mechanisms.
Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).
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See Iannoni v. City of Chicago, 2019 IL App (1st) 182526, 2019 Ill. App. LEXIS 804 (Sept. 30, 2019)
See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 132.07.
Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law
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