Docket No. 107852.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
INTERSTATE SCAFFOLDING, INC., Appellee, v. THE ILLINOIS
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION et al. (Jeff Urban,
Opinion filed January 22, 2010.
JUSTICE BURKE delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Kilbride,
Garman, and Karmeier concurred in the judgment and opinion.
In this appeal we are asked to consider whether an employer’s
obligation to pay temporary total disability (TTD) workers’
compensation benefits to an employee who was injured in the course
of his employment ceases when the employer terminates the employee
for conduct unrelated to the injury. For reasons that follow, we hold
that when an employee who is entitled to receive workers’
compensation benefits as a result of a work-related injury is later
terminated for conduct unrelated to the injury, the employer’s
obligation to pay TTD workers’ compensation benefits continues until