Lawn Mower Accidents

Posted: September 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp, Workers compensation attorney | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, lawn mower accidents, amputations, lacerations, maintenance employeeIn just a span of six weeks, two Chicago-area workers were killed in lawn mower accidents. One of the workers, who was employed at the Hanover Park Public Works Department as a water treatment operator, became pinned underneath a large lawn mower in a pool of water, drowning to death. The other worker was a maintenance employee at a suburban country club. While riding the mower, trimming grass on an incline, the mower tipped over and crushed him to death. The cause of death was traumatic asphyxiation and blunt force trauma, according to CBS Chicago.

These tragic stories serve to remind all of us that large machinery always poses a threat to the workers who use it, and large riding lawn mowers are dangerous no matter how much experience and no matter how many years you have been on the job. Both men were well into middle age, and the former had worked for his employer for more than 19 years.

Common Lawn and Landscaping Maintenance Injuries

Lawn mower accidents cause more than 80,000 people every year to visit the emergency department, according to ABC News. While the majority of those victims are homeowners and their children, even experienced professionals are prone to serious injury and amputation.

Most injuries and fatalities caused by push lawn mowers are lacerations caused by blades. The most common areas of injury are to the hands, feet, and limbs. Burn injuries also happen frequently from overheating engines and fires started by malfunctioning mowers or sparks that set off grass fires.

Riding lawn mowers are fast, efficient, and help landscapers maintain their energy by keeping them off their feet. However, riding mowers, just like push mowers, are incredibly dangerous when not used properly, when not enough training was given to the employee, when the mower is not well-maintained, or when the terrain is less than flat, which is most of the time.

In addition to amputation and lacerations injuries caused by blades, riding lawn mowers present a serious hazard of rolling over and crushing the worker.

Workers’ Compensation for Injuries and Amputations

If you suffer any type of injury from a lawn mower while on the job, you are eligible for workers’ compensation through your employer’s insurance provider. Benefits include medical and wage replacement. If you were amputated, you can receive compensation for your lost finger, toe, hand, or limb by contacting an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney.

Call a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Whether you were injured on the job by a lawn mower or other machinery or tool, do not hesitate to contact the passionate Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today to ensure that you receive the full workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. We are eager to assist you throughout each step of your case.

Sources:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/05/15/maintenance-worker-crushed-killed-by-lawn-mower-in-northbrook/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/lawn-mower-injury-alert/story?id=32059032


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


Work Injuries and Painkiller Addiction

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Workers Comp, Workers Compensation Insurance | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

painkiller-addictionWhile it might seem strange, discussing the opioid crisis with those that have experienced a work injury, it is those that started out with a legal prescription for the pills that are often at risk for addiction. As such, workers who are injured on the job should be adequately informed of their risks. The following information can help you understand how opioid dependency happens, and how you can mitigate against it. You will also learn where to find quality legal assistance with your claim, regardless of where you are at in your treatment.

How Injured Workers Become Addicts

Numerous studies and health reports have examined the root cause behind the opioid crisis in America, which claims more than 33,000 lives per year. What they have determined is that it is not your typical drug addict issue. Instead, the problem often starts with a simple injury – a brain injury, a back strain, or knee cartilage that needs to be replaced. In other words, the drugs are legitimately needed and appropriate at the time the prescription is written.

Unfortunately, the drugs have an addictive effect. Not only do they help to eliminate pain, which can become a trap for the chronically ill or seriously injured, but they also give the taker a general sense of well-being. That can become highly addictive, especially if you have been on them for a while. In fact, the odds of addiction increase greatly if a patient has a second prescription written for opioid painkillers. As such, careful monitoring and awareness should be in place – both on the part of the physician and the injured worker.

Mitigating Your Risk of Addiction

Though there is little that can be done about the pain, those that have a prescription for opioid drugs can reduce their overall risk of addiction with a few important steps. First, one should try to avoid refills, if possible. Second, long-acting opioids have a higher risk of dependency than shorter-acting ones, so try to avoid them. Third, you should have a frank discussion with your doctor about any concerns you might have regarding opioid use and addiction.

You should also know the warning signs of addiction. For example, if you are unable to sleep without the pills, are starting to visit other doctors or seek them out, or become irritable without them, you may have a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Get Help Navigating Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

When you or someone you love is injured on the job, it is important to ensure you have quality legal assistance on your side. After all, you have enough to worry about. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio assist you. Dedicated to your best interests and prepared to fight for you, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers will stand by you, every step of the way. Schedule your consultation by calling 630-574-2288 today.

 

Source:

http://www.news9.com/story/35051413/what-you-need-to-know-before-taking-opioid-painkillers