ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday signed a new law reforming workers compensation.
The law stems from the 2007 Uhl sisters tragedy, when Kelli and Jessica Uhl of Collinsville died when a state trooper hit their car. Trooper Matt Mitchell was driving at 126 miles-per-hour without official cause, all while talking on his cell phone.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and then went on to file for workers compensation for injuries he sustained in the crash. His claim was denied, but the Uhl sisters’ mother, Kimberly Schlau, campaigned to prevent such claims in the future.
“In the opinion issued by the court of claims in January, they said that the speed alone was reprehensible, but to add the other activities to it as well…it was just all wrong,” Schlau said.
Schlau said that by contacting state Sen. Bill Haine and state Rep. Dwight Kay, who are members of the Workers Compensation Reform Committee, she was able to make her voice heard.
Schlau said the new law prevents claims for workers compensation in cases where the injuries were sustained in relation to the worker committing a felony.
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