Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Donald Fohrman Discusses Budget Impact on Injured Workers

18 Feb, 2016
By: Donald W Fohrman

During the current budget negotiations, business interests and lawmakers have maintained that the best way forward requires more stringent rules regarding workplace injuries. However, Chicago workers compensation lawyers point out that while the individual changes sound reasonable enough; each workers compensation case carries its own unique complexities. “When a worker suffers an injury, particularly an injury such as carpal tunnel or degenerative spine,” says Mr. Fohrman, “it can be difficult to determine what portion of that injury is due to the workplace.” He goes on to say that when employers and lawmakers reduce access to workers compensation benefits, “more injured workers will be left fighting for fair compensation. That’s when they need to call an attorney familiar with the workers compensation laws, to help them secure their rights.”

The fight over the state budget will likely continue for the foreseeable future, leaving workers compensation rules very much up for discussion. Chicago workers compensation lawyers are keeping a close eye on the budget negotiations in Illinois, and continue to work toward fairer compensation and greater access to benefits for Illinois injured workers. Mr. Fohrman says that many states are making similar changes to their workers compensation laws, and that as less is spent on protecting injured workers, the environment for injured workers becomes more hostile. Many are left wondering how they will get on with their lives after a workplace injury, and Chicago workers compensation lawyers may be seeing big increases in injured workers seeking recompense for workplace injuries.

About The Author

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After completing law school Donald became an assistant Attorney General for 7 years and was assigned to the Industrial Commission Division. During that time he spent evenings establishing his own firm. Donald became a founding partner of a large workers’ compensation/personal injury firm but decided to leave the firm in 1990 to start a smaller “boutique” firm with the belief that bigger isn’t always better!
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