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Occupational Diseases That Affect the Lungs

May 17th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

IL work injury attorneyWorkers’ compensation is often associated with a one time incident at work that has caused an injury. Whether an injury has prevented an employee from returning to work, workers’ compensation is there to protect workers in the event that their well-being is affected by their job. Certain industries, particularly construction or manufacturing, use materials that are potentially damaging to workers. Constantly interacting with harsh chemicals and substances can make a worker permanently ill.

Although it is difficult to prove that a substance at work has caused an occupational disease, workers’ compensation is there to provide after the fact. Most employers are legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance.  Illnesses caused by harsh materials may require intensive and expensive medical treatment. There is also a possibility that the illness can or will prevent future work. If it can be proven that a substance at work has made an employee sick, then financial compensation is possible to live comfortably after a diagnosis.

The following are two common diseases that can be occurred by workers with exposure to dangerous substances.

Asbestos Poisoning: After the 1970s products with asbestos became heavily regulated by the federal government due to its hazard. A person today is unlikely to get asbestos poisoning while following safe work practices, but the effects of the disease may take up to 40 years to appear. Asbestos was often used in building materials such as insulation and cement, and may still be present in older construction. The fibers of asbestos, with continuous exposure, cause chronic lung disease.

Occupational Asthma: Asthma is an autoimmune response when lungs are irritated due to an allergen or a dangerous substance. When experiencing an asthma attack, a person’s airways become tight and it becomes hard to breathe. If a substance at work has caused an employee to develop asthma, then it may be dangerous for that employee to remain working. Occupational asthma is controlled through medication and avoiding the substance that caused the disease. Asthma attacks can be deadly, and the disease can lead to permanent lung damage, disability, or death.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Although a disease or illness may not be visible, they can be just as life alerting as physical trauma. If you believe your chronic illness was caused by hazards at work, contact an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case. Your attorney will explain what is needed to win compensation for a difficult to prove the situation. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asbestosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354637

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/occupational-asthma/symptoms-causes/syc-20375772

 

How Do Construction Accidents Happen?

April 19th, 2019 at 11:44 am

Cook County construction worker injury lawyerWhen compared to other occupations, construction workers have a high rate of work-related injuries. These jobs are often physically demanding, and they involve many variables that can lead to fatal accidents or injuries. According to the United States Department of Labor, there were 4,674 work-related fatalities in 2017, and 20% of those deaths occurred in construction accidents.

There are two circumstances in which a construction worker may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. The first would be for an injury caused by repetition or an occupational hazard – something that was not necessarily the result of a specific instance, but the career as a whole. If a person’s job includes doing the same motions or breathing a hazardous chemical for years, the result may be damage that prevents the employee from continuing their career.

The second type of claim involves cases in which a worker is injured or dies as the result of an accident that took place while they were working. Whether the accident is the employee’s fault or not, they will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in most cases.

There are three main types of construction accidents that lead to workers’ compensation claims:

  • Falls – The United States Department of Labor reported that 39.2% of all construction accidents that resulted in death were caused by a fall. Construction workers often do their jobs from high surfaces or structures, and falls from higher than six feet can lead to fatal injuries. Falls can happen because of structural defects, holes or openings in floors or walls, or poorly maintained ladders or scaffolding.
  • Being Struck By an Object – A piece of equipment or material can strike a construction worker suddenly. When an object itself causes an injury, it is considered a struck by object injury. This can include being injured by a construction vehicle, material flying through the air, or material being moved. These injuries can cause brain trauma or even kill the worker on the spot.
  • Electrocutions – Construction workers often do their jobs near live wires, which can lead to electrocution if the proper precautions are not taken. A person can also be electrocuted by fallen power lines or faulty equipment. Electrocutions account for 8.9% percent of fatal construction accidents.

Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Attorney

No matter who is at fault for your construction accident, your medical treatment should be paid for, and if you can no longer work due to an injury, you deserve to receive disability benefits from your company’s workers’ compensation insurance. An experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation for a Back or Neck Injury?

April 3rd, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Illinois workers' compensation lawyer back neck injuryBack or neck pain is a common problem that many people deal with, and if this condition results from back and neck injuries that occur in the workplace, a person may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Despite neck and back injuries being so common, they are often overlooked by employees, and workers’ comp claims related to these injuries are often denied by insurance companies.

When Is Workers’ Compensation Available for Back Injuries?

The majority of employers are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance. This acts as a safety net for workers in the event that they are injured from a work-related incident. An employee injured while at work or in the course of their employment is eligible to receive compensation for medical care and/or disability benefits for missed work.

Back injuries often occur as a type of repetitive strain injury that can become life altering if left untreated. When filing a claim, it is important to show a record of your health concerns leading up to the point where the injuries affected your ability to work. Untreated injuries from repetitive twisting or lifting can lead to herniated disks, pinched nerves, or disintegration of cartilage and bone.

If you develop an injury over the course of your employment, workers’ compensation should cover the costs of medical treatment. It may be time to visit your doctor with concerns about your back or neck problems if you experience:

  • Persistent aches or stiffness
  • Sharp pain in the lower back
  • Pain that extends down the back of your legs
  • Muscle spasms

In a case involving the sudden onset of a back injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A doctor will be able to make an official record of how your injury occurred, which will allow you to receive the workers’ comp benefits you deserve.

Physical therapy is one type of treatment that is commonly prescribed for a work-related back or neck injury, and it can be essential in recovering from injuries and allowing an employee to return to work. However, the insurance company may refuse to pay for physical therapy, or it may not cover the treatment your doctor ordered. In these cases, a workers’ compensation attorney can assist with securing the benefits you need.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Do not let your employer’s insurance company discredit your back or neck injury and prevent you from receiving the care you deserve. Contact an experienced Chicago workers’ comp lawyer to ensure that your medical costs are covered and that you receive the disability benefits you need. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/what-helps-with-lower-back-pain#1

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/understanding-back-pain-symptoms

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