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Archive for April, 2014

Skin Injury: A Common Occupational Problem

April 30th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

skin disease, skin injury, workers compensation lawyer, attorney, IllinoisExposure between chemicals and human skin is one of the biggest problems in the workplace from an occupational safety perspective. The rate and the number of cases involving skin disease outpaces respiratory illnesses every single year. Skin injuries may disable or permanently scar an employee, leading that individual to file a workers’ compensation claim.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, skin disease reports were received at a rate of 3.4 injuries for every 10,000 employees. Respiratory illnesses, however, were only reported at a rate of 1.9 for every 10,000 employees. The majority of chemicals involved in these workplace accidents are quickly absorbed into the skin, causing immediate health impacts and can even contribute to the overall dosage of the chemical when it is ingested, inhaled, or absorbed. When compared with the lung, the skin is a faster more of exposure for an individual.

Although OSHA specifically publishes standards for particular segments of the population more likely to be exposed, accidents can happen in a broad range of industries. Shipyards, marine terminals, and construction sites are high risk areas because employees are more likely to be working near dangerous chemicals.

An employer or supervisor is responsible for educating all employees about appropriate protocol and taking measures to promote safety in the workplace. All employees working in or around dangerous chemicals should be aware of safety gear and emergency procedures if exposure were to happen.

Unfortunately, in situations where spills or other accidental contact happens, a worker can be exposed to high amounts of chemicals through the skin very quickly. With such a fast absorption rate, an individual might be facing short-term and long-term injuries in the form of skin disease.

If your life has been changed by skin disease you got from a workplace injury, contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today to learn more about your rights.

Responsibilities of Your Employer If You Are Injured At Work

April 29th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

workers compensation, IWCC, Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, lawyer, attorneyAll employers in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance, are required to carry worker’s compensation coverage for employees. If a person is hired as an independent contractor, employers are not required to carry worker’s compensation insurance, which has led to some changes in what can be considered a contract position and what cannot; several disputes have recently arisen regarding a person’s title versus his or her professional responsibilities. All worker’s compensation benefits are covered by licensed insurance companies and must, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance, be among those certified by the state. A list of those companies can be found here.

According to the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission (IWCC), if a person is injured at work there are several responsibilities that the employer must undertake by law. First, an employer must render appropriate and necessary first aid and medical services. Immediately after that, the employer must contact his worker’s compensation underwriter, even if he disagrees with the employee’s claim. If the employee was injured to the extent that he or she cannot work for at least three days, the employer has a responsibility to either:

  • Begin Temporary Total Disability (TTD) payments;
  • Provide the employee with a written explanation of what he needs to begin TTD payments; or
  • Provide the employee with a written explanation of he is denying the benefits.

Employers must maintain complete records of all worker’s compensation claims, and must submit any and all claims to the IWCC. If a workers dies while at work, the report must be submitted to the IWCC within two days of the incident. If a worker is injured but not incapacitated for more than three days, an employer is not responsible to submit a claim to the IWCC.

If you suspect that your employer has not met worker’s compensation responsibilities in Illinois, you may be eligible for a lawsuit against him. The most important first step is to contact a worker’s compensation attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today.

Work Hazards Faced by Airline Employees

April 14th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

airline employeesWhen it comes to dangerous working environments, airplane employees are some of the workers most vulnerable to injuries on the job that lead to workers’ compensation claims. Some employees are hesitant to make claims on minor issues, but it’s important to remember that what seems like a small injury can get worse over time. Airline employees need to report on-the-job injuries sooner rather than later so that they can take advantage of any available workers’ compensation benefits.

Some of the issues most talked about by OSHA with regard to airline employees include exposure to pathogens, hazardous chemicals, and other injuries that might occur while the plane is taking off, traveling, or landing. Strains and sprains are also common, whether they happen to employees working the baggage ramp, those assisting in ground transportation, or the flight crew themselves.

Airline employees often maintain hectic schedules, making it even more difficult to report their injury after it happens. Medical treatment options may be limited during travel, but it’s critical that injured workers be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. If an injury has occurred, you must begin the paperwork for your claim sooner rather than later. Waiting too long to file a claim could mean that you are denied benefits entirely.

In situations like this, it can be to your benefit to retain legal counsel immediately. The time-sensitive nature of accidents on the job can best be addressed by an experienced and competent workers’ compensation attorney. If you’re seeking legal counsel, be sure to locate someone who has experience in handling both airline worker claims and someone who has experience in handling denied claims, too. As an injured employee, you have rights. You need someone on your side fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today.

 

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