Compensation for Loss of Body Parts

Posted: August 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

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


Leading Causes of Work-Related Injuries

Posted: July 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Illinois workers injury attorney, Illinois workers comp lawyer,A study conducted by Travelers Insurance examined what were the leading causes of workplace injury accidents. The study, titled “Injury Impact Report,” used data from over 1.5 million workers compensation claims that had been filed between 2010 through 2014. The claims came from all over the country and involved multiple types of industries.

Study Results

The study found that the most common types of work-related injuries were:

  1. Strains;
  2. Fractures and sprains;
  3. Contusions;
  4. Cuts;
  5. Punctures;
  6. Inflammation; and
  7. Chronic Sickness.

The injury type that caused the most lost days from work was inflammation, with an average of 91 missed days. This was followed by fractures, which caused an average of 78 days missed days. Coming in third was strains and sprains, both averaging 57 lost days, with punctures and cuts causing 24 lost days from work.

The study also examined what were the most expensive injuries and how much were the average costs per claim. The most common injuries, listed above, averaged between $8,000 to $42,000 per claim. The most expensive claims were:

  • Amputations, with an average of $102,500 per claim;
  • Dislocations, with an average of $94,100 per claim;
  • Electric shock, with an average of $55,200 per claim;
  • Crushing, with an average of $54,600 per claim; and
  • Multiple trauma, with an average of $50,000 per claim.

Researchers also took a look at what were the most frequent causes of work-related injuries. The top causes included:

  • Handling of material, responsible for 32 percent of filed claims;
  • Slips, trips, and falls, responsible for 16 percent of filed claims;
  • Colliding or being struck by an object, responsible for 10 percent of filed claims;
  • Tool-related accidents, responsible for 7 percent of filed claims;
  • Strain or trauma developing over time from strain or overuse, responsible for 4 percent of all filed claims.

After examining all the accident statistics, researchers next determined which types of accidents and injuries were more prevalent to which industries. There conclusions included:

  • Material handling accidents caused almost 40 percent of claims, making it the top cause of injuries, but was especially prevalent in both retail and manufacturing industries;
  • The top cause of injuries in the retail and construction fields were falling from height;
  • Motor vehicle accidents were the number one cause of injury in the gas and oil industry; and
  • The number one injury in both construction and manufacturing were eye injuries.

Let an Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney Advocate for You

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, consider contacting a skilled Chicago workers compensation attorney. Even if your employer and insurance carrier appears to be cooperating with you, work accident injuries can be complex and victims should have an attorney advocating and protecting their rights. Contact Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288 to schedule your initial consultation.


Risk of Injury in the Nursing Industry

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp Benefits, Workers Compensation Insurance, Workplace Injury | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

injury-to-nursesWork injuries can happen in any industry. However, some professionals are more likely to experience an injury than others. For example, the construction industry is well known for its high rate of work injuries and fatalities. There is also another high-risk industry – the healthcare field – but it does not receive the same amount of attention as it should. Perhaps this is due, in part, to the reduced risk of immediate fatality from an injury. Whatever the reason for the lack of discussion may be, injuries in the healthcare field deserve recognition.

Nurses Especially Prone to Back Injuries

On any given day, a nurse can lift thousands of pounds. They must move patients, and may even be required to help one up that has passed out or fallen. Rarely is there equipment nearby to help – and even when there is, the situation may be too emergent to wait for the machinery to do its job. So, nurses lift. They bend. They lift and bend, all at the same time. Good body mechanics can help, but it is far from fail-proof.

Long-term work as a nurse, years of lifting and transferring patients, can take a toll on the muscles and structures of the back. A sudden slip of a patient while transferring can suddenly pull a nurse in the wrong direction. Add all of that to several hours (often 12 or more) walking and standing, and it is no wonder that back injuries are one of the most commonly experienced injuries among nurses.

Assault is Surprisingly Common

Assault is yet another common (but often misrepresented) injury risk among nurses. It is most common among those who work within assisted living facilities, such as residential centers for patients with disabilities or the elderly. However, assaults can and do occur in emergency rooms and hospitals as well. Patients who are suffering from a diabetic crash, brain injury, or some sort of illness or injury that changes the way their brain functions could react in ways that are not typical. An example would be attacking someone who is trying to help them, such as their nurse. It is not an overly common occurrence, but it can be severe.

Pursuing Workers’ Compensation After an Injury

If you or someone you love has been injured while working as a nurse, it is important that you seek experienced legal assistance. Not only do you have to worry about the time you may miss healing from the initial injury, but you should also consider its ability to impact your future. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio help you navigate the complex process. Call 630-574-2288 and schedule your free consultation with our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer today.

 

Sources:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/nurse-work-comes-with-injury-risks/article_e134feea-9ce9-5bf9-902e-07ed55767455.html

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3826.pdf