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Why Following Doctor’s Orders is Important for Your Workers’ Comp Case

January 31st, 2018 at 2:01 pm

doctor's orders, Chicago workers compensation attorneys, work related injury, workers’ comp case, workplace injuryUnder the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, employees who are hurt on the job are eligible to receive medical and wage loss benefits. However, these benefits are not automatic—there are certain rules that injured employees must follow in order to receive them. One of the most important rules is following doctor’s orders. 

Steps to Take After a Work Injury

Immediately after you experience a work-related injury, you must report it to your supervisor or employer. Then, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Once you visit a primary care doctor and/or specialist, he or she will document your injury and determine a care plan that will help you recover in an efficient and timely manner.

Your care plan may include diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRIs, doctor’s appointments, overnight stays at the hospital, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nursing home or home health care services. In addition, you will likely need to take certain prescription medications and use medical equipment such as a wheelchair, crutches, or braces.

Losing Benefits if Doctors Orders Are Not Followed

After your doctor and/or specialist outlines your care plan, you must follow it as ordered. If you refrain from doing so, you may lose your workers’ compensation benefits and hinder your recovery. Therefore, you should attend all doctor’s appointments, take medications as prescribed, utilize all medical equipment, and ask if you are unsure about a certain aspect of your care plan.

If you cannot make an appointment or are unable to adhere to one of your doctor’s orders, be sure to carefully document why. For example, if your ride cancelled on you and you have no way of getting to the doctor’s office, write down the name and number of the individual or company that was supposed to drive you.

Additionally, you should never go back to work until your doctor and/or specialist informs you that you can. In the event you disagree with your doctor’s care plan or believe that he or she is releasing you to go back to work too early or too late, you should consider changing medical providers.

Contact Our DuPage County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured on the job, it is in your best interest to call our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at 630-574-2288 for a free consultation. We will inform you of your rights and ensure that you do not make a mistake that costs you the medical and wage loss benefits to which you may be entitled.



OSHA Announces New Reporting Regulations for Employers

October 29th, 2014 at 12:17 am

workplace accident OSHAThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new, stricter regulations for companies to file reports when there is a workplace accident. OSHA is the federal agency that oversees the enforcement of the safety and health of all employees in this country.

The new regulations will go into effect on January 1, 2015. One of the changes that OSHA is implementing is the requirement that companies now report accidents where a fatality has occurred. The new rule requires managers to file a detailed report within eight hours of the accident. Under the current regulations, companies are only required to file a report with OSHA if there are three or more employees killed in a workplace accident.

Reporting requirements for workplace accidents where an employee suffers amputation, the loss of an eye, or has severe enough injuries that require in-patient hospitalization have also been changed. Under the current rules, companies are only required to report these types of workplace accidents if again, just like workplace fatalities, three or more employees are affected. The new regulation now requires companies to file a detailed report with OSHA within 24 hours of any accident which results in these types of injuries to an employee.

OSHA’s announcement of regulation changes came just days after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released their report, 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which reveals that there were 4,405 employees who were killed on the job last year. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez stressed that on the job accidents which injure or kill employees are “absolutely preventable” and the goal of the new regulations is to “hold employees accountable for preventing” these accidents.

Dr. David Michaels, the assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, pointed out that serious accidents and fatalities are indicators of serious issues at a company. “Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention is warranted to protect the other workers at the establishment,” he said.

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury, you need an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to represent you and make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.



Repetitive Stress Injuries: Types & Causes

March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cook County repetitive strain injury lawyer, Diffuse RSIX Dupuytren’s Contracture, injured at work, Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, repetitive stress injury, stress injuries, work related injury, workers compensation, workers compensation attorneyInjuries can be caused by a single incident like a car crash or falling on slippery ice, or they can be caused by repeatedly straining a joint, muscle, or tendon until serious damage is done. Sometimes this repetition is done at work while trying to complete an activity necessary to complete one’s job. If you suffer a stress injury at work, you can file for worker’s compensation benefits for your pain and any time that you must take off of work.

The Medical News Today website defines repetitive stress injuries as those caused by performing the same motion over and over again.

  • Bursitis occurrs when the bursa, or the cushion between tendons, muscles, bones, and joints, is inflamed. Pain is then felt at site of inflammation;
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist area is compressed, and thus does not allow blood to flow freely to the fingers and hands. This results in pain and numbness, felt in the fingers and hands;
  • Diffuse RSI is when nothing is physically found to be wrong, yet the patient complains of pain;
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture, an uncommon hand deformity, occurs when connective tissue, located under the skin of the palm, contracts and toughens over time. It causes one or multiple fingers to bend into the palm of the hand;
  • Epicondylitis is when bone and tendon join together as a result of overuse of the muscles and tendons;
  • Ganglion occurs when fluid-filled swellings form on tops of joints or tendons in wrists, hands, and feet that appear to be firm or spongy liquid sacs, filled with “sticky, clear, thick, jelly-like fluid”;
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome occurs when shoulder tendons and muscles become inflamed;
  • Tendonitis is when tendons becomes inflamed;
  • Tenosynovitis occurs when the inner lining of the sheath surrounding the tendon becomes inflamed;
  • Trigger finger is when a finger or thumb becomes stuck in a bent position, and the tendon sheath, along with the tendon, both becomes inflamed as well.

If you have suffered from one or more of these injuries and you believe it is due to repetitive strenuous tasks at work, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Located in Cook County, Ill., attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can assist you in court today.

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