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Four Tips for Returning to Work After a Job Injury

May 27th, 2020 at 5:38 pm

IL work injury lawyerThe final stage following a work injury can be one of the most difficult. You are feeling better, and ready to return to work, but is your body ready?  Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer to this as it depends on the individual and the severity of the injury. However, research shows that getting back to work can be a critical component of the recovery process.

With so many variables to keep in mind, here are a few tips to ease yourself into returning to work after your injury:

  1.   Listen to your doctor. When it comes to medical issues, the professionals know best. It is important to listen to your doctor to make the most out of your recovery process.
  2.   Document any limitations or restrictions you may have. Regardless of how you may feel, trust your doctor’s orders to avoid overexertion and reinjury. Be sure that your employer understands what you can and cannot handle, and do not be afraid to speak up if a job may be too tough for you to do.
  3.   Promote proper safety and work readiness. Whether you have experienced an injury or not, maintaining property safety measures and work readiness is extremely important. Encourage stretching before lifting heavy equipment, proper lifting techniques, and other wellness tips such as an adequate amount of sleep.
  4.   Do not be afraid to ask for help. Working too hard following an injury can be detrimental to your recovery process. Ask for an extra break throughout your day if necessary, and/or the possibility of an extra hand on the job. No matter how difficult this may be, keeping the line of communication open will prevent future issues from arising.

Recovery is not a “one size fits all.” The key is to find balance, listen to what your body is telling you, and respond accordingly. By utilizing these tips, you will eventually return to normalcy within your personal and professional life.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you believe you are being rushed back to work, or have any questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits, contact a knowledgeable Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our attorneys are available to communicate with you during business hours via phone, email, or video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to arrange your free consultation today.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

Liability in an Auto Accident while Driving for Work in Illinois

May 14th, 2020 at 8:52 pm

IL accident lawyer, Illinois workers comp lawyerIn Illinois, thousands of employees experience on-the-job related injuries every year. If you were driving a company vehicle for work-related duties and were involved in an auto accident, your employer may be liable for your injuries and the vehicle’s damage.

 What to Do After an Auto Accident

The steps you take following an auto accident can make or break your case. In order to maximize your workers’ compensation benefits you may be able to receive, be sure to do the following after the accident:

  1.   Call 911. Once the police have been notified of the accident, an officer will come to the scene and gather information to write a police report. The officer will talk to everyone that was involved in the accident and make an initial determination of fault. Although the police report may not include everything that happened, it is a good baseline and can be very helpful in the investigation.
  2.   Take care of any injuries. A minor crash may not leave you with life-threatening injuries, but a serious crash could leave you in pain. Avoid moving or trying to tend to your injuries until the paramedics arrive.
  3.   Exchange insurance information with those involved. It is extremely important to get the name, insurance company name, and license plate number of the other driver that was involved.
  4.   Acquire witnesses’ information (if applicable). If anyone witnessed the accident, be sure to get their names, phone number and/or email address so you can re-contact them at a later date to discuss the accident.
  5.   Document evidence. Take pictures of your car, the other car involved, the accident scene, and any other evidence you deem important. If you are injured and unable to move, ask a good Samaritan to do it for you.

After you have left the scene of the accident, it is extremely important to report the accident and any injuries you have sustained to your employer. If you wait too long, you may lose out on the ability to receive workers’ compensation payments.

Workers’ compensation is considered “no-fault.” This means it does not matter if you were at fault for the crash. You qualify for benefits if you were injured while on the job.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we represent those injured in an accident while on the job. If you have suffered an auto accident while driving for work, contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney immediately. Our attorneys are available to chat with clients Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm via email, phone, and video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

What to Do If Your Workers’ Compensation Payments Are Late

April 21st, 2020 at 3:00 pm

IL job injury lawyer, Illinois work injury attorneyA work injury can cause major interruptions in your life – physically, emotionally, and financially. Workers’ compensation benefits are in place to cover wages for the time you are unable to work, help pay for your treatment, and get you back to work as soon as you can. After you have reported your injury to your employer and they have filed a workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company must approve or deny the claim within 14 to 30 days. If approved, you should receive your first payment within 14 days of notice of your injury, and payments should be administered every two weeks after the initial payment.

If you are living paycheck to paycheck, frustration can arise when your check is late or withheld without reason.

Late Payment Penalties

Under Illinois law, delayed payments without a legitimate reason may be subject to a penalty.

If the employee has submitted a written demand for payment of benefits, the payer has 14 days to explain the reason for the delay. If the employer or insurance company does not submit a response, or the response submitted is unjust, the Commission may award the employee additional compensation of $30 per day for each day the benefits were delayed or withheld.

This does not happen automatically; you and your attorney will have to request it and file a motion to hold a penalty claim hearing.

Penalty Hearing

A penalty claim hearing will be held in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. During the hearing, having evidence to support your claim such as the response, or lack of response, a previous workers’ compensation check, or an envelope with a late postage stamp is critical.

After the hearing, the penalty will be reviewed and assessed by the Commission before the additional compensation can be rewarded. If the party responsible for the delayed payment fails or refuses to pay the penalty to the employee, further action will result.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today 

If you have suffered a work injury and your check is late, contact a Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation attorney immediately. The knowledgeable attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio will fight to protect your rights and make sure you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

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