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How Long Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

July 16th, 2020 at 11:06 pm

IL job injury attorney, Illinois workers comp lawyerAn injury can result in pain and suffering, a heap of medical bills, and/or other damages. To help those who have suffered an injury stay afloat, the state of Illinois passed the Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act. Due to the complexity of the bill and the nature of the injury suffered, it is important to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney.

An Overview

Workers’ compensation is a system of the state law that requires employers to pay or have insurance that pays for any injuries that result while on the job. If you have suffered a work-related injury, you are most likely covered under workers’ compensation as long as you are an employee. Those covered include:

  • Full  and part-time employees
  • Minors
  • Undocumented immigrant workers

In order to be eligible for benefits, you must establish the injury happened as a result of your employment and occurred during working hours.

Workers’ Compensation Categories

The amount of time an injured worker may collect benefits for depends on the severity of the injury. Within the Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act, an injury can fall into one of four categories:

  1. Temporary partial disability: TPD includes those who sustained a work-related injury that only temporarily limits their ability to work.
  2. Temporary total disability: TTD pertains to cases in which a worker is disabled for a period of time, but is expected to recover and return to work. The length of compensation solely depends on the length of time away from work.
  3. Permanent partial disability: Similar to permanent total disability, permanent partial disability incorporates an extended period of benefits. However, some work must still be performed. The benefits earned may replace the ones that were previously lost, even though additional ones may be gained.
  4. Permanent total disability: Permanent total disability refers to those who are no longer able to return to work whatsoever. Indefinite benefits will provide on behalf of the inability to work.

The amount of benefits you receive can depend on your average weekly wage at the time of the injury.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have suffered a work-related injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, and allow us to calculate your eligibility and the level of benefits you deserve. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Sources:

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

Work Injuries Increase During the Summertime

June 30th, 2020 at 10:19 pm

IL work injury lawyer, Ilinois workers comp attorney, Facing an injury is never easy, even when you have workers’ compensation benefits to count on. According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employees experience more work injuries during the summer months of June, July, and August than any other time of the year. Some risks are weather-related, while others are not. These are the four most common injuries that arise the most during the summer and those the biggest threat to workers.

  1.   Heatstroke. Warm weather and intense physical labor can be a recipe for disaster. Working in the sun and extreme heat can cause the body to shut down. To prevent heatstroke, workers should work close to a shaded area, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks.
  2.   Dehydration. In line with heat stroke, dehydration is another common summer injury. Signs of dehydration include dry skin, headaches, and fatigue. This can be prevented by drinking plenty of water, keeping an extra supply on hand, and having additional employees nearby to remind you to stop and take a drink every 10-15 minutes.
  3.   Falls. Falls occur throughout the year but have been shown to increase in the summer. Proper footwear and harnesses, as well as extreme alertness, are no match against falls, which can cause serious injury or even death. Having routine safety meetings, inspecting and replacing equipment, and acclaiming to the weather can decrease the chance of injury.
  4.   Sprains, strains, and tears. Symptoms of sprains, strains, and tears can vary. Typically, pain and swelling will result, and you may feel off balance. If you believe you have a sprain, strain, or tear, be sure to seek immediate medical attention, as improper treatment may lead to a decrease in range of motion, constant discomfort, and instability.

Aside from these four common summertime injuries, there are many more that pose constant threats to workers. To prevent injury exposure, it is important to take the appropriate safety measures at all times.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

No matter what time of year it is, it is important to contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney if you have suffered a work-related injury. An attorney from the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio can walk you through the entire process, and help you receive the maximum amount of benefits. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation today.

 

Sources:

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

https://www.bls.gov/osmr/research-papers/2013/pdf/st130230.pdf

 

Pedestrian Accident While on the Job

June 11th, 2020 at 8:47 pm

IL job injury attorneyIllinois is home to some of the busiest cities in the country- Chicago, Cook County, and Rosemont-  putting pedestrians at greater risk. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 319,146 motor vehicle crashes in 2018. Of those 319,146, 4,779 involved a pedestrian. If you were a pedestrian in a motor vehicle crash, it is important to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.

Illinois Pedestrian Laws

Pedestrians and drivers are equally responsible for maintaining traffic safety. However, drivers should always yield the right-of-way when a pedestrian is present, and should not drive unreasonably close to them.

Within the state of Illinois, a driver must stop in any of these situations:

  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, but on the driver’s side of the roadway and there are no traffic lights to direct them.
  • When children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk before the traffic light has changed from red to green.
  • When a pedestrian is entering an intersection with a flashing yellow signal.
  • When a pedestrian is entering or leaving the road from a building, alley, driveway, or private road.

The Insurance Company

An injured pedestrian will most likely recover compensation from an auto insurance company following the accident. However, if the accident took place while the pedestrian was on the job, their employer may be responsible to cover damages. Additionally, if the pedestrian suffered a severe injury or death, the pedestrian or his/her family may be able to sue the driver or their auto insurance company.

If You Have Been Hit

If you have been hit by a motor vehicle, it is important to seek out medical attention even if you do not think you have been injured. Either way, you will want to collect the following information:

  • The driver’s name, any and all contact information such as phone number, and/or email address, insurance information, and their license plate number.
  • The witness or witnesses name and contact information.

Additionally, take pictures of anything you deem important that may help your case. These pictures include the driver’s car, any damage on the vehicle, skid marks on the pavement, and injuries you have sustained.

Contact a Chicago Job Injury Attorney Today

Were you or a loved one severely injured while walking or jogging? Contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our legal team will represent you and your case.

 

Sources:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2018%20Crash%20Facts.pdf

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/bikepedsafety.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-401

 

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