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Former pro football players collect workers' compensation

When most people in Illinois think about workers' compensation claims, they probably envision individuals who were injured in construction or industrial accidents on the job. However, many other people in other occupations are open to injuries on the job as well - including professional athletes.

Many of our readers in Illinois will remember Matt Forte, a recently-retired Chicago Bears great. The former running back did wonderful things for the Bears on the football field, but he suffered his fair share of injuries for the team as well. A recent report noted that Forte, among other former pro football players, has sought workers' compensation benefits in Illinois.

As the recent article noted, Illinois law, when it comes to workers' compensation claims, allows injured employees to seek benefits of up to two-thirds wage loss differential caused by an on-the-job injury. And, although there is a cap on the amount of benefits that can be paid out to an injured worker - which would obviously come into play with a former professional athlete like Forte, who earned millions of dollars in his playing career - the benefits that are earned are paid out tax-free.

Some people may believe that former professional athletes live in the lap of luxury, but, after a player's career ends, a significant revenue stream is cut off. Like Forte and many other former pro athletes, any worker who has been injured on the job in Illinois may be able to pursue a worker's compensation claim to help make up for wages lost due to the injury.

Source: Forbes, "Life After The Chicago Bears: Ex-Players Have Collected $13M In Workers' Comp Since 2000," Dan Churney, March 20, 2018

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