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Archive for April, 2015

Travel and Mileage Reimbursement in Workers’ Compensation Cases

April 17th, 2015 at 3:52 pm

mileage reimbursement, travel reimbursement, Illinois Workers' Compensation AttorneyWhen an employee is injured and is receiving workers’ compensation benefits for that injury, the benefits generally cover the cost of their medical care, among other consideration. Many may be unaware, however, that they may also be eligible for reimbursement for mileage and other expenses connected to any traveling they need to do because of the injury.

Under Section 8(a) of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, 820 ILCS 305/8(a), an employer is required to pay all those expenses, both medical and vocational for an injured employee. The current rate for travel reimbursement is 56 cents per mile.

Travel to doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, mental therapy associated with the injury, and picking up medications at pharmacies all qualify for reimbursement. A worker is also eligible for mileage reimbursement for Independent Medical Exams (IME). An IME is a doctor’s examination, which has been requested by the insurance company, and performed by a physician that is not the injured party’s treating physician.

A person receiving workers’ compensation benefits is also eligible to receive mileage reimbursement for any travel for vocational rehabilitation that is connected to their work injury. If you have suffered an injury that will prevent you from ever performing activities you were able to do prior to your injury, then your employer has an obligation to provide vocational rehabilitation services to you in order to determine what type of work you are able to perform. Any travel associated for appointments with a vocational rehabilitation counselor is eligible for mileage reimbursement.

In many cases, learning a new occupation is the only option an injured employee has. Often, this training is long-term, and may include obtaining a vocational certificate or college degree. The mileage related to such travel also qualifies for reimbursement.

In order to qualify for mileage and other travel reimbursement, it is crucial to keep detailed records and receipts. Keeping a mileage log in your vehicle and writing down the date, beginning mileage, and ending mileage for each of your trips will make it easier to gather this information and submit these expenses to the insurance company in a timely manner.

If you have been injured in a work accident, there are many benefits you may be entitled to under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act. Contact a qualified Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today to find out what legal options you may have.

Musculoskeletal Disorders Responsible for One-Third Workers Compensation Claims

April 3rd, 2015 at 2:02 pm

workers comp, workers compensation, Cook County Workers Compensation AttorneyAccording to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), musculoskeletal disorders caused by ergonomic hazards are the reason for one-third of the workers compensation cases that occur every year.

These types of injuries are referred to as work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) and are the cause for over 600,000 missed days from work. For every three dollars spent on workers compensation injuries, one dollar is spent on WMSDs.

WMSDs occur when there is repeated stress put on a body part. The position a person is required to be in when the task is being performed triggers pain and eventually causes deterioration of the affected tissues, muscles, and joints. These types of injuries are classified as ergonomic risk factors, and studies have shown that continued exposure to these types of risk factors increases the chances of developing musculoskeletal disorders.

WMSDs affect workers in many different industries, as well. However, according to statistics provided by the CDC, the top industries affected by WMSDs are non-durable goods merchant wholesalers, furniture and home furnishing stores, and merchant wholesalers of durable goods.

WMSDs can injure many parts of the body, including the back, upper extremities and lower extremities. One of the bodily regions that have seen a major increase over the past few decades is the upper extremities. Carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder tendinitis represent two of the more common injuries in this area.

Almost 70 percent of the WMSDs are caused by manual activities on the job. Tasks such as moving, lifting, or lowering heavy objects are the most common ways these injuries can occur. Another twenty percent of WMSDs  are the result of slip and fall accidents.

If you are suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, contact an experienced Cook County workers compensation attorney to find out what legal recourse. Call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today, at 630-574-2288, for a free consultation.

 

 

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