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Archive for August, 2017

Gas Explosions and Workers’ Comp

August 28th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys, gas explosions, occupational incidents, deadly explosions, blast injuriesMultiple people were injured and one worker was killed during a Canton, Illinois gas explosion in the downtown district. Utility workers had been attempting to fix a gas leak that was caused by a contractor’s excavation, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News.

While the utility crews said they had turned off the gas, the explosion still caused devastation to homes and shops, as glass was blown out all over the area, showing how strong the explosion was. According to police chief Rick Nichols, “The impact of this blast was tremendous and that caused some serious, serious damage.”

One utility worker was killed and three were injured; two remained in the hospital for extended recovery. In total, 12 people were rushed to the hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation, while engineers are methodically checking the integrity of the blast-affected buildings and structures before issuing repairs. Sadly, nothing can be done to take back the life of the fallen worker. His family, however, may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits to help with the financial damage of his passing, while the other injured workers will be covered by workers’ compensation to take care of their medical bills and cover part of their wages while they are out of work.

Explosions are Rare, but Deadly

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2015, a total of 4,836 workers were killed during occupational incidents. Just 121 of those deaths were caused by fires or explosions, which shows how rare explosions typically are. However, when they do happen, severe injuries, and fatalities, often occur.

Types of Blast Injuries

The more energy released by the explosion and the closer the victim, the more serious the injury will likely be. There are four types of blast injuries, according to Medscape:

  • Primary blast injuries are caused by the direct blast pressure upon tissue;
  • Secondary blast injuries are caused by flying objects or shrapnel;
  • Tertiary blast injuries are caused by very high-energy explosions that cause the victim to fly through the air; and
  • Quaternary blast injuries account for all other types of explosions.

Specific injuries may include traumatic brain injury, broken bones, deep contusions, internal bleeding, lacerations, burns, loss of hearing, loss of eyesight, spinal cord damage, and more.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Once

Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance to which employees are entitled. This means that you are eligible to receive benefits virtually immediately, regardless of an investigation or finger pointing by your employer. However, if your employer or your employer’s insurance carrier wishes to make it so, it can be very difficult to procure these benefits. Reach out to the dedicated Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today for professional assistance with your case.

Sources:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-killed-in-canton-ill-gas-explosion-identified/1611711/

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/822587-overview

Compensation for Loss of Body Parts

August 14th, 2017 at 7:00 am

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, depression, loss of body parts, post-traumatic stress disorder, amputationLosing a body part, no matter how small or large, takes an immense toll on a person’s life and mental well-being. Victims of amputation have to deal with the fact that they may never be able to do many of the things they were once capable of, both at home and at work.

The feeling of loss can take a long time to process, and many amputees suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe depression.

If you lost a body part at work, you deserve the tools needed to set you on the path to recovery, as well as significant financial compensation for you loss. Illinois workers’ compensation provides workers who have lost a body part with financial compensation, and the maximum amounts for each specific body part are outlined below.

Body Part Compensation by Number of Weeks Paid

The following body parts are compensated by the corresponding number of weeks, according to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. You will receive two-thirds of your average weekly paycheck for that specific number of weeks, or up to the current Illinois workers’ compensation maximum, which is currently $1,435.17 per week.

  • Disfigurement: 162 weeks;
  • Thumb: 76 weeks weeks;
  • First (index) finger: 43 weeks;
  • Second (middle) finger: 38 weeks;
  • Third (ring) finger: 27 weeks;
  • Fourth (little) finger: 22 weeks;
  • Great toe: 38 weeks;
  • Each other toe: 13 weeks;
  • Hand: 205 weeks;
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome due to repetitive trauma: 57 weeks;
  • Arm: 253 weeks;
  • Amputation above the elbow: 270 weeks;
  • Amputation at the shoulder joint: 323 weeks;
  • Foot: 167 weeks;
  • Leg: 215 weeks;
  • Amputation above the knee: 242 weeks;
  • Amputation at hip joint: 296 weeks;
  • Eye: 162 weeks;
  • Enucleation of an eye: 173 weeks;
  • Hearing loss of one ear: 54 weeks;
  • Hearing loss of both ears: 215 weeks;
  • Testicle one: 54 weeks; and
  • Testicle two: 62 weeks.

The above list assumes that total loss of that body part occurred. When only part of that body part was lost or rendered immobile, fewer weeks will be compensated. For instance, if it is determined that 70 percent of the foot was lost and rendered 70 percent incapacitated, only 70 percent of 167 weeks would be compensated (so 117 weeks instead of 167 weeks).

If your body part loss was denied full compensation because your employer or your employer’s insurance provider disagreed with what you know to be true, it is time to take immediate legal action by working with an attorney.

Call a Chicago, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have been denied benefits for your lost limb or other body part, take legal action immediately by talking to a lawyer today. We strongly encourage you to contact passionate Chicago workers’ compensation attorney Francis J. Discipio today for immediate legal help in securing the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve.

Sources:

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/ppdschedule.pdf

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/benefits.htm

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