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Archive for March, 2013

Ex-NFL players sue over California workers compensation ban

March 28th, 2013 at 10:55 am

LucyLarry Centers and Troy Vincent were some of the 60+ former National Football League players suing the organization’s management council to overturn the arbitration decision that prevents them from seeking workers compensation in California.

Under the Dec. arbitration award, players were required to withdraw claims in the state and were banned from claiming that they are entitled to the benefits, according to a recently filed complaint in San Francisco. According to the lawsuit, an NFL arbitrator decided that the players contractually waived their rights to file workers’ compensation benefits in California.

The complaint states that the decision must be thrown out because it’s unconstitutional and against public policy and federal labor law. The players suing have all been injured in California or have had injuries aggravated while playing games or practices in California.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said there are other federal lawsuits involving athletes who played for football teams outside California, weren’t injured in California and breached contracts to file the claims in their team’s home state.

Aiello said in an email, “In all those cases, the federal courts threw out the lawsuits and confirmed the award. In addition to all signing contracts promising to file elsewhere, none of the players listed as plaintiffs in this lawsuit had any specific injury in California and they all played for non-California” teams.

There were also two similar lawsuits filed in federal court in San Francisco in December.

If you were injured at the fault of someone else and you are trying to file a personal injury claim, contact a workers compensation attorney for assistance. Attorneys at the law offices of Francis J Discipio in Cook County can assist you today.

Yoga as an Alternative to Pain Pills in Workers Comp Cases

March 20th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Yoga is an ancient religious discipline that originated in ancient India.  Yet, it has been shown to have many benefits beyond enhancing spirituality through meditation.  The practice is used by contemporaries to alleviate health issues, reduce stress and improve flexibility.

Now it is becoming an alternative kind of pain management for those suffering from injuries suffered at work.  This can try to solve a problem that is caused by the current treatment for pain.  Pain pill addiction is a serious problem for people who are recovering from injuries which can be avoided in some cases with yoga.  In some cases, opioid drugs can cause conditions to deteriorate as the drugs lose effectiveness.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine says that yoga can help lessen chronic lower back pain, persistent pain and arthritic hands, according to the director of ACOEM, Christopher Wolfkiel.  Goals for service providers are to improve patients ability to cope with pain, increasing physical functioning as well as addressing emotional conditions to ensure a more productive lifestyle.

Rehabilitation is an integral part of getting back to a productive and happy life after an injury at work.  It is necessary to have the time and funds necessary to complete programs that may or may not include yoga as a form of therapy.  Workers compensation benefits can bridge the gap between a work-related injury to ensure that you can continue providing for your family.  If you have been injured in an accident on the job, contact a knowledgeable workers comp attorney in

FMLA – Truly Helping Employees?

March 12th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

ChristineThe FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act, was signed into effect over 20 years ago by President Bill Clinton to protect individuals from losing their jobs because of a family emergency/medical conditions. People were forced to choose between family and their job before the act come into play. Here, people are protected and are able to keep their jobs after a traumatic event in their family’s life.

Today, the law is not as powerful as it once was thought to be. People are still expected to choose between jobs and family. The next step to truly protect people is to make sure they not only get to keep their jobs, but to also be paid for the time off. Considering people are not paid for the FMLA, how are they to keep up with paying bills? Yes, it is nice to spend the time to take care of your family – but who will pay the bills that roll in?

Many people and situations are not protected by the FMLA. Same-sex partners are not allowed to use the time to take care of ailing companions. As noble as it is to take care of a grandparent, that is not allowed either. People who work a minimum of 25 hours a week are the only ones who are able to take the FMLA leave – part timers below 25 hours are not. Businesses with 50 or fewer employees also do not need to abide by the FMLA. That all being said, the FMLA is to just give people unpaid time off – no pay and expectations, and rules abound that does not help everyone. Legislation needs to support everyone and give them an opportunity to still be able to survive and pay bills.

If you are in need to take care of a family member and your employer is not keen on giving you time off, contact a worker’s compensation lawyer in Illinois who will fight for your rights to take care of your family.

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