Returning to Work after Receiving Workers’ Comp

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Illinois workers comp, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers' comp attorney, Illinois worker compensation laws, worker protection, Returning to your job after being absent due to a job injury may be a difficult task. Studies show that when a worker is away from their place of employment for a long period of time, it is harder for them to continue their previous duties. However, the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and welcoming work environment for their returning employee is also a key aspect to making sure everything runs smoothly.

Employer’s Responsibility

One way your employer can make your transition back to work go well is to provide a plan with reasonable accommodations that permit you to get back on track and free from unnecessary pain or discomfort. It is important to complete the plan and establish a mutual  understanding right away so that everyone involved is reassured that you will still be productive and will not be a financial burden for them.

The fear of not being able to return to your job because of the injury you received may be something that happens to you. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, an employee has the right to return to their old job, even if they require reasonable accommodations so that they can complete the necessary work they performed prior to the accident.

Continue to Get the Medical Care While Working

If you are still in need of medical assistance, your medications and treatments should carry over once you start working again. In some instances, these expenses may be covered by your employer, depending on the specifics of your case. It is important to work with an attorney while dealing with workers’ comp. One reason being that they may be able to pursue noneconomic damages if you are injured from willful neglect. Although this does not happen often and can be an extensive process, a successful claim will show that you have evidence that proves emotional distress as a result of physical injury.

Contact All the Right People

Once you have established a plan with your employer that makes you feel safe at work and after all your medical needs are taken care of, the next step would be to contact anyone else that is involved with your workers’ compensation. This can include your attorney and your insurance company.

If you are returning to work after you have received workers’ compensation, contact Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, Francis J. Discipio. He has access to a network of medical professionals, as well as the knowledge and resources to help you get through your transition. To schedule a consultation, call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288.


Illinois Workers’ Comp Updates

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney, Workers Compensation Insurance | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers compensation attorney, worker protection, Since the early 1990’s, there have been state-specific legislations proposed to protect the rights of workers and for the workers to be compensated for their injuries and or fatalities.

Over the years, the state of Illinois has updated and changed regulations regarding workers’ compensation. The number of dangerous jobs has lessened, which means that not as many workers are likely to get injured on the job. This year’s statistics reveal that progress is being made. Listed below are the top four Illinois workers’ comp updates of 2016.

Costs Per Claim Have Dropped

Costs have been high for a number of years. Studies show that medical and indemnity costs per claim were 39 percent higher than the mean in 17 states. However, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, more recent studies show that the percent is half of what it was, now sitting around 19 percent. In other words, a few years back Illinois costs were ranking third highest of 17 states and recently have dropped to sixth highest.

Moving in a Different Direction 

The changes that are occurring for Illinois workers’ comp are not going to happen overnight. Yes, the costs still remain above average. However, the numbers are changing and are expected to continue into 2017.

Change Is Being Talked About

There have been many people in power that have spoken in Illinois who have not forgotten about the high costs of worker’s comp. In an interview with The State-Journal Register, Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA) President and CEO Greg Baise said changes to workers’ compensation which focus on the area of causation, as well as medical rates that are higher in Illinois than other states, still need to be made. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has stated in the past that he agrees that “changes in the budget regarding Illinois workers’’ comp need to be made.

The Next Steps

There are still a few months left in 2016, which means there still is time for more updates to be made for workers’ comp in Illinois. Reform has been talked about for a while now and it appears that there is a common agreement that workers and employers must reach an agreement that applies specifically to their situations.

If you have been denied or offered too little for your injuries or illness in the state of Illinois, contact a skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288.



Illinois’ Steel Industry and Fatal Accidents

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Illinois workers comp, Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

steel, Chicago workers' compensation lawyerThe state of Illinois is one of the country’s largest steel manufacturers. Working with steel comes with even more perils than standard manual labor, and, because of that, it is one of the more dangerous industries. The risks that go along with steel manufacturing are broad in scope and depend on the specific work a steel worker carries out. The use of heavy and/or dangerous equipment, toxic chemicals, burns, pinning and crushing injuries, hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even explosions are some of the risks and injuries that employees face working in the steel industry. While worker safety statistics are generally compiled to address fatalities, of which the steel industry has fewer than logging or fishing, not all accidents end without casualties, of course. Injured workers on the job are entitled to no-fault workers’ compensation benefits. And, in terms of injuries, steel foundries are the third most dangerous industry in America, with 12.7 workers suffering from nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 100 workers annually, according to US News and World Report.

If you have suffered an injury on the job, you may be eligible to receive compensation. However, it is imperative that you reach out to an experienced attorney immediately for help with your claim.

Steel Industry the Third Highest for Sick and Injured Workers

There were 28 fatalities within the primary metal manufacturing industry, of which steel is the largest component, in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Comparatively, roofing, fishing, and logging have much higher numbers of fatalities on a yearly basis. While the steel industry may not be among the most fatal occupational sectors, it does have a very high rate of injuries and illnesses among its workers, ranking third among all industries in the U.S. These injuries and illnesses can include hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome or other chronic overuse injuries, crushing injuries, falls, cuts, burns, traumatic brain injuries, respiratory illnesses, and other serious illnesses. Mesothelioma and asbestos poisoning are both on-the-job risks of working in the steel industry. The steel and iron industry used to be among the most dangerous manufacturing arena in the U.S., with horror stories such as an accident of the early 20th century when a pot of molten steel was dropped onto wet sand, causing a huge explosion that engulfed the entire mill, injuring 30 men and killing four.

Hurt in the Steel Industry?

While modern safety procedures have drastically decreased the likelihood of such horrendous accidents, explosions still occur, workers still become injured and sick, and employers should be held accountable for providing workers’ compensation benefits to help their employees recover. If you were injured or if you became sick because of the work you performed in the steel industry, contact passionate Chicago workers’ compensation attorney Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288. We are eager to assist you with your case.