I am a Union member of Plumber & Pipefitters in Illinois. I had a worker's comp claim in 7/2012. It went to court & the award said the claimaint carrier should pay my medical bills & settlement. They are however appealing this. It will not go back to court until Spring of next year. I signed a paper for my Union to pay my medical bills through my insurance & also pay the Loss of Wage Benefit. I would then have to pay them back if I was awarded a settlement. They now refuse to pay my medical or the benefit saying it is a workers comp claim. It is almost a year since the injury & the hosp & dr want their money now. I have about $70,000 in med bills & I cannot pay these. Can I sue my Union for not paying the benefits I am entitled to as a Union Member paying Union Dues
There are many types of personal injuries for which financial damages can be awarded, including physical, emotional, and psychological injuries.
by attorney Ronald E. Sholes
Employees can sue for damages if they’ve suffered work-related injuries. These lawsuits are separate from workers’ compensation and cover more kinds of injury.