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Older Workers at Risk

November 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, older workers, workplace accidents, workplace injury, older employee injuriesOlder workers are at risk, according to an analysis of federal statistics performed by the Associated Press. While overall workplace accidents have been on the decline in the last few decades, older workers, those aged 55 or older, are more at risk than their younger counterparts. This goes against other typical accidental injury trends, such as traffic collisions, where younger people are at more risk.

If you were injured on the job, regardless of your age, or you developed a chronic injury or illness as a result of the work that you have done for many years, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. To find out more, contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today.

Risk Factors of Working into Old Age

The average retirement age has gone up, and is continuing to go up from the old standard of 65 years of age. More workers are having to work, or are enjoying their careers, later into their lives than many past generations, and it is not uncommon for workers to continue on well into their 70s and even 80s.

As our bodies wear down, we become more prone to chronic stress injuries, illnesses, falls, and other accidents. As reported in CBS, getting old and continuing to work “could potentially make a workplace injury into a much more serious injury or a potentially fatal injury,” according to epidemiologist Ken Scott, with the Denver Public Health Department.

Risk factors include the following:

  • Fading vision and depth perception;
  • Hearing loss;
  • Lower bone density;
  • Poor balance;
  • Muscle loss; and
  • Tendon weakness.

However, simply because you were injured as an older employee does not mean that you are any less entitled to workers’ compensation. Whether you threw out your back, broke a leg, or have developed a repetitive motion injury, you deserve to pursue the benefits that your employer owes to you.

As Retirement Age Increases, Employers Must Make Changes to Accommodate Their Employees

These days, roughly 35 percent of fatal workplace accidents involve a worker who is 55 years old or more. Is enough being done to protect workers as they advance in age? Often, older workers are more productive and more skilled than younger, newer workers, but are they being valued as they should?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and reported by the Insurance Journal, the following are accommodations that employers should make to reduce older employee injuries and fatalities:

  • Increase job flexibility, including schedules, tasks, and location;
  • Increase movement and avoid creating a workplace that is sedentary;
  • Mitigate noise, slip and fall hazards, and other physical hazards; and
  • Create an ergonomic work environment.

Call Today for Help

If you were injured at work, we strongly encourage you to contact our passionate Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as you can to receive the benefits that could help get you back on your feet sooner rather than later. Contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today for immediate assistance.

Source:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/deadly-workplace-accidents-hitting-older-workers-higher-rate-ap/

Lawn Mower Accidents

September 14th, 2017 at 9:05 am

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

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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