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Archive for June, 2012

Addus Healthcare Under Fire

June 30th, 2012 at 12:22 am

Addus Healthcare worker claims to be fired after filing for workers compensation.

St Clair was in the recent news for the firing of a woman from the job at a healthcare company for filing a worker’s compensation lawsuit due to an injury she received while on the job. The name of the woman is Kimberly Ward and she is in an aggrieved situation, due to the loss of the job, as well as the injury to her feet.

The situation unfolded in April 2007 when she was collecting a patient at a hospital. During this brief time period, her foot was run over by a wheelchair, causing it to twist in an inappropriate fashion, with hurt her back. Even after the incident, she continued to work with due diligence, and afterwards she happened to see a doctor. Kimberly was recommended to take time off from work in order to heal the lower back, and eliminate any such numbness that she may feel in the posterior part of her body.

Immediately after the verdict from the Doctor, Kimberly had informed her superior about filing for workers compensation. After a month of this incident, in May 2007, she was promptly fired from a job, and told off the record, that she could have her job back if she initiated a step to drop the case. In this way, the woman was wrong, ensuring that Addus healthcare violated the Illinois workers compensation act.

This act of negligence and bad judgment on behalf of the healthcare has resulted in Kimberly Ward, suing her former employers for over $ 50,000 in damage, along with the necessary legal expenses.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, it is in your best interest to take the help of the Illinois workers compensation act and consult with a qualified Oak Brook, Illinois workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.

Illinois State Employees Workers Comp Fraught with Problems According to Audit

June 22nd, 2012 at 10:01 pm

According to an Illinois state audit, the workers’ comp program that applies to Illinois state employees is fraught with problems. The report makes nearly two dozen recommendations and says state legislative changes may be warranted as an extreme measure.

The “numerous shortcomings” in the structure and operation of the system “have led to a program that is ill-designed to protect the state’s best interests as it relates to processing and adjudicating workers’ compensation claims for state employees,” the report says.

The Office of the Auditor General reviewed data from January 2007 to December 2010. Included were 26,101 workers’ comp claims with more than $295 million paid.

The self-insured program was operated in-house by large state agencies until 2004. Legislation that year consolidated the workers’ comp functions within the Department of Central Management Services.

In addition to the CMS, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and the state attorney general also play a role in processing, reviewing, determining compensation, and paying workers’ comp claims filed by state workers. All three agencies were cited by the auditor general.

Among the problems noted were data issues regarding workers’ comp claims and cases. The report said information provided by CMS and the WCC contained data that was “incomplete, inaccurate and inconsistent.”

Reporting was also an issue, according to the report. State law requires employees to notify the employer within 45 days of the accident or injury which was not being done. Supervisors must also complete a specific form, which in 19 percent of the cases reviewed, the form was missing or incomplete.

For 12,613 claims as of May 2011, the auditor said there were eight CMS staff to adjust workers’ comp claims and two claims supervisors. “If these claims were distributed equally among adjusters, each adjuster would be responsible for 1,577 claims,” it said. “According to workers’ compensation industry sources the typical adjuster caseload should be 175 to 250 active claims per adjuster.”

Filing for a worker’s compensation claim in Illinois can be a complicated and daunting process. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois worker’s compensation lawyer today

The Importance of Legal Advice In Workers Compensation Claims

June 13th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Most people do not feel the need to understand workers compensation laws until they have suffered a serious injury at work. These laws can be quite complex and they vary from state to state. It is important for every worker to be aware of what workers compensation entails so they will be prepared in the event of a serious accident.

Worker’s Compensation, also known as ‘Workman’s Compensation” or ‘Worker’s Comp’, is a set of laws designed to protect injured workers. The purpose is to ensure that if a worker is injured at work, they will receive medical care, lost wages associated with the injury, rehabilitation, and retraining so they can return to work once they have recovered. If a worker is killed while at work, their families will usually receive death benefits. This systems permits injured employees to receive benefits without having to prove that the employer was negligent.

While many injured workers ultimately qualify for benefits, it can be a timely process. There are also situations where an employee may be denied benefits and can become very complicated. Workers whose benefits are being delayed or have been denied benefits should consult with an attorney who specializes in worker’s comp claims. A lawyer can advise a worker on how to protect their benefits and will defend them if they are denied benefits, denied extended or permanent disability, or had their benefits terminated early.

Employers tend to know more about worker’s comp law than the workers. Sometimes an employer may attempt to deny benefits. They may also send an injured employee to a doctor who may not have much experience in the area of the injury, or is working more for the employer than the patient. The right workers comp attorney will help protect a worker’s rights if an employer attempts an underhanded method of denying benefits or forces an employee back to work too soon after an accident. An attorney will also help a worker who returns to work for a period of time following an injury and suddenly finds himself laid off and no longer eligible to collect benefits.

Filing for a worker’s compensation claim in Illinois can be a complicated and daunting process. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois worker’s compensation lawyer today.

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