Therman Law Offices is dedicated to Personal Injury Law and responding to the questions and concerns of the people. The legal team here at Therman Law is committed to providing you and your loved ones with aggressive and skilled representation. From that dedication, came the idea to host Q&A sessions online via the Therman Law Facebook account. Every third Thursday of the month, Charles Therman will answer any and all questions submitted (using the #AskThermanLaw Hashtag) on our Facebook page for one full hour (1pm-2pm). Our very first #AskThermanLaw session went off without a hitch on July 16th from 1-2PM. We had multiple people write in asking great questions that Charles Therman was glad to answer and provide guidance where he could; all for no cost to the public.
One individual submitted a question asking about her father’s work injury. He had injured his back on the job and was left unable to walk, let alone work. After time off and medical intervention he was able to return to work on light duty. Once he was able to regain a full workload, his company laid him off due to economic hardships. His daughter was inquiring about, what, if anything, he would be entitled to, since the assumption on their end was he was terminated due to medical reasons/injury sustained on the job. Charles Therman responded saying that in order to receive any sort of compensation, you must have proof and be able to show/document a retaliatory discharge. Unfortunately unless he had a contract or was part of a union, Illinois is an ‘at will’ employment state. With all that being said, the timing does seem suspicious so it is always important to keep documentation when it comes to incidents that may occur at the workplace.
Another man inquired – where do artists such as actors fall under personal injury laws? For instance, what rights do actors have if they get injured on set? Do artists receive the same rights as any other employee? Charles Therman said that this is a complicated answer, but that in Illinois you cannot avoid the Workers Comp Laws just by claiming someone is an Independent Contractor. If taken to court, they will apply a test to determine whether or not you would be considered an employee and therefore would qualify for benefits. We understand this entire topic can be confusing, and recommend that anyone that has further questions call the office to