Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Author: Staff Writer | Filed under: Workers Comp, Workers Compensation Insurance | Tags: Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, opiod addiction, painkiller addictions, painkiller for injuries, work injury, workers comp claim | Comments Off
While it might seem strange, discussing the opioid crisis with those that have experienced a work injury, it is those that started out with a legal prescription for the pills that are often at risk for addiction. As such, workers who are injured on the job should be adequately informed of their risks. The following information can help you understand how opioid dependency happens, and how you can mitigate against it. You will also learn where to find quality legal assistance with your claim, regardless of where you are at in your treatment.
How Injured Workers Become Addicts
Numerous studies and health reports have examined the root cause behind the opioid crisis in America, which claims more than 33,000 lives per year. What they have determined is that it is not your typical drug addict issue. Instead, the problem often starts with a simple injury – a brain injury, a back strain, or knee cartilage that needs to be replaced. In other words, the drugs are legitimately needed and appropriate at the time the prescription is written.
Unfortunately, the drugs have an addictive effect. Not only do they help to eliminate pain, which can become a trap for the chronically ill or seriously injured, but they also give the taker a general sense of well-being. That can become highly addictive, especially if you have been on them for a while. In fact, the odds of addiction increase greatly if a patient has a second prescription written for opioid painkillers. As such, careful monitoring and awareness should be in place – both on the part of the physician and the injured worker.
Mitigating Your Risk of Addiction
Though there is little that can be done about the pain, those that have a prescription for opioid drugs can reduce their overall risk of addiction with a few important steps. First, one should try to avoid refills, if possible. Second, long-acting opioids have a higher risk of dependency than shorter-acting ones, so try to avoid them. Third, you should have a frank discussion with your doctor about any concerns you might have regarding opioid use and addiction.
You should also know the warning signs of addiction. For example, if you are unable to sleep without the pills, are starting to visit other doctors or seek them out, or become irritable without them, you may have a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Get Help Navigating Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
When you or someone you love is injured on the job, it is important to ensure you have quality legal assistance on your side. After all, you have enough to worry about. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio assist you. Dedicated to your best interests and prepared to fight for you, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers will stand by you, every step of the way. Schedule your consultation by calling 630-574-2288 today.
Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Author: Staff Writer | Filed under: OSHA Workplace Accident Regulations, Workers Compensation Insurance | Tags: Chicago workers comp attorney, Illinois workers compensation laws, returning to work, work injury, workers' compensation benefits, workers' rights | Comments Off
When you are injured on the job, it can be devastating on your family’s finances. This remains true, even when you are eligible for workers’ compensation. Sadly, this may encourage you to return to work sooner, and that could potentially jeopardize your health. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to mitigate the risks. The following explains how.
Return Slowly, If You Can
Although returning to work could help you recover from your injury faster, it also places you at risk for injury if you come back to full duty too soon. This is especially crucial to understand if your doctor has told you to only return part time, or on limited duty. So, if you do return to work before you are fully healed, make sure you convey any concerns you have to your employer. Discuss your limitations with them and ask for the accommodations you are entitled to receive.
Know Your Rights
Just as you have the right to only work to the level that you are capable of when you return, you have the right to also continue seeking medical treatment for your injury. Further, you can still claim workers’ compensation for the time you missed at work, and for any time that may continue to lose for doctor appointments or special therapies and/or treatments. Make sure you keep track of your hours of lost work since this will be crucial to ensuring you receive compensation.
You should also know that your employer cannot punish you for claiming workers’ compensation, or for needing time to see your doctor for treatment. If you do feel that you have been wrongfully terminated, demoted, or otherwise punished for a work injury, it is crucial that you contact an experienced attorney for guidance and assistance.
Help for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
While you can file a workers’ compensation on your own, not seeking legal assistance could increase your risks of a claim denial. Further, those who have representation during the claims process often experience more favorable outcomes. So get the quality counsel you deserve.
At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we fight to protect the best interests of our clients. We handle the legal aspects of your case, freeing you up to focus on healing and getting back to work. Whatever your situation, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers pursue the most favorable outcome possible. To schedule your consultation, call 630-574-2288 today.
Posted: March 29th, 2017 | Author: Staff Writer | Filed under: Emergency Responders, Workers compensation attorney | Tags: Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, dangerous occupations, depression, emergency responder injury rate, emergency responders, EMT injuries, firefighter injuries, high stress, injury rate, job injury risk, PTDS | Comments Off
Americans rely heavily on the speed, knowledge, and efficiency of emergency responders. Yet these government workers are often offered lower than expected wages. Further, a new study has found that they also have a higher than expected injury rate. Learn more about the risks associated with these all-too-common work injuries, and what you, as a victim, can do to protect the financial future of yourself and your family.
Understanding the Risks
Conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and the UCLA Labor Center, the recent study examined the salary and injury incidence of more than 16,000 emergency responders throughout the state. What they found was that salaries were far lower than expected, and the rate of injury was alarmingly high. Long shifts and stress were determined to be major contributing factories, but lower wages could also impact morale and may be at least partially responsible for the overall high risk of job injury. It should also be noted that EMT workers also had an alarmingly high rate of depression, suicidal ideation, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Mitigating the Risks
Legislation and advocacy are needed to raise the wages of EMT, but there are many ways that citizens, employers, and even employees, can help reduce the risk of injury. For example, employers could ensure that their employees and supervisors are following all regulations regarding sleeping schedules. Individuals can contact their government branches, asking for better protection for EMTs and other first-responders. Workers can employ healthy sleeping and eating practices to reduce their overall risk of injury. Assistance from a skilled therapist may also be helpful for those who are experiencing emotional injuries from their line of work.
When Injuries Happen
No matter how careful you try to be, no matter how hard you fight for something, accidents can and do happen. Thankfully, you do not have to face your injuries alone. Instead, you can contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you navigate the complex and confusing process of filing a claim.
At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we strive for the most favorable outcome in every case. Experienced and highly dedicated to protecting your rights, health, and financial future, our Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can assist with your case. Call 630-574-2288 and schedule a consultation with us today.