Matthew Chapman wins highest wage differential award possible under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act

The lawyers at Becker, Schroader & Chapman, P.C. announce that Matthew Chapman recently won the highest wage differential award possible under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act. A correctional lieutenant, who was injured while working at a southern Illinois correctional center, was awarded a Section 8(d)1 wage differential in the amount of $912.56 per week.

The worker, an AFSME member, injured his back while responding to an inmate altercation. After receiving medical treatment and undergoing vocational rehabilitation, the claim went to trial after the worker found part-time employment. The arbitrator awarded $912.56 per week, which is the maximum weekly rate for wage differential awards applicable to the worker' s claim. As such, the award amounts to just less than $50,000 per year in tax-free dollars for the remainder of the worker's life.

The lawyers at Becker, Schroader & Chapman have extensive experience in handling workers' compensation claims for state employees, including claims that involve permanent total disability and wage differentials.