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Archive for September, 2012

Seriously Injured Movie Extra Receives Nearly $20M

September 29th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Many movies feature impressive action sequences that are sometimes so dangerous to film that the health and lives of everyone involved can be at risk. It is not always professional stuntmen who do the most dangerous jobs, even extras may be used to make a movie more attractive for the audience. Although safety should come first, this is not always so. Consider the case of Gabriela Cedillo, a 26-year-old woman who was seriously injured while working as an extra in the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

The accident took place during the filming of a scene involving a “cable-pull rollover”, a stunt in which a car is flipped with a cable. Cedillo was driving a car near two other vehicles that were supposed to flip over. However, something went wrong and the cable broke loose. The cable and its bracket went through Cedillo’s windshield and hit her in the head, causing terrible injuries. Even after several surgeries she is far from healthy, suffering from brain impairment, memory loss, and hallucinations. She needs constant care and can’t move her body completely. Her left eye was also blinded in the accident.

Paramount Pictures and DW Studio Productions agreed to pay nearly $20 million dollars compensation to Cedillo after a settlement was reached. Some of the money was set aside for monthly payments that guarantee her treatment later in life. The settlement also covered her rehabilitation and physician costs, which totaled over $800.000.

If you have been injured while at work it is in your best interest to get dedicated legal help. Contact   an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney immediately. You don’t have to go through it on your own.

Workplace Accident Highlights Employers’ Duties Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act

September 22nd, 2012 at 1:52 pm

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a 34-year-old male construction worker was seriously injured when he was accidentally cut in the chest with a saw on North Milwaukee Avenue in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Paramedics who responded to the scene transported the injured man to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Chicago Fire Department reported the man to be in serious-to-critical condition at the time of the man’s transport.

When an employee is injured on a worksite, he or she can potentially obtain compensation for his or her injuries through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Act requires an employer to do five basic things with regard to workers’ compensation:

  • Obtain workers’ compensation insurance
  • Post a notice regarding workers’ rights and their insurance carrier in each workplace
  • Keep records of work-related injuries and report accidents involving more than three lost workdays to the IWCC
  • Not harass, discharge, refuse to rehire, or discriminate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim
  • Not charge the employee for workers’ compensation insurance premiums or benefits that the employer must pay

These legal requirements help to ensure that all workers who suffer a job-related injury are aware of and have reasonable access to information about the workers’ compensation benefits that are available to them. For instance, the required notice that must be posted by the employer in every workplace advises injured workers to get medical assistance, to be paid for by the employer, and any needed treatment such as physical, mental, or vocational rehabilitation. The notice also informs injured workers about their rights to weekly benefits in the event that their work-related injuries or illnesses cause them to lose any time from work in order to recover.

While the requirements of employers under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act are clear, not all employers strictly follow these laws, to the detriment of their own employees. In this case, it is helpful to have the counsel of a qualified Oak Brook, Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to assist you in getting the benefits that you need and deserve in the event of a work-related injury or illness.

Illinois Department of Insurance to Review Reduction of Work Comp Rates

September 15th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has proposed an overall decrease in workers’ compensation advisory rates for Illinois of 3.8 percent to be effective on January 1.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., based in Boca Raton, FL, manages the nation’s largest database of workers compensation insurance information. NCCI analyzes industry trends, prepares workers compensation insurance rate recommendations, determines the cost of proposed legislation, and provides a variety of services and tools to maintain a healthy workers compensation system.

The premiums businesses pay for workers compensation insurance is decided by NCCI advisory rates, but their calculations must be confirmed by Illinois Department of Insurance actuaries whose mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace.

The Department carries out this mission through effective administration and enforcement of the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/1 et seq.), the Illinois Pension Code (40 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), and related laws and regulations, including Title 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code.

If passed, the proposed rate could result in an estimated overall premium reduction of $91 million for Illinois employers. However, the estimate could change based on claims experience, payroll, and other factors.

“We’re pleased about the proposed rate reduction and look forward to the review process to confirm the results,” Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron said.

If the Department of Insurance accepts the filing, employers should contact their insurance agents before their 2013 renewal date to find out how their premiums will be impacted.

If you have been injured while at work it is in your best interest to get dedicated legal help. Do not hesitate, but take the help of the Illinois workers’ compensation act and. consult with a qualified Chicago workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.

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