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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/

Returning to Work after Receiving Workers’ Comp

October 21st, 2016 at 9:12 am

Illinois workers' comp attorney, Illinois worker compensation laws, worker protection, Returning to your job after being absent due to a job injury may be a difficult task. Studies show that when a worker is away from their place of employment for a long period of time, it is harder for them to continue their previous duties. However, the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and welcoming work environment for their returning employee is also a key aspect to making sure everything runs smoothly.

Employer’s Responsibility

One way your employer can make your transition back to work go well is to provide a plan with reasonable accommodations that permit you to get back on track and free from unnecessary pain or discomfort. It is important to complete the plan and establish a mutual  understanding right away so that everyone involved is reassured that you will still be productive and will not be a financial burden for them.

The fear of not being able to return to your job because of the injury you received may be something that happens to you. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, an employee has the right to return to their old job, even if they require reasonable accommodations so that they can complete the necessary work they performed prior to the accident.

Continue to Get the Medical Care While Working

If you are still in need of medical assistance, your medications and treatments should carry over once you start working again. In some instances, these expenses may be covered by your employer, depending on the specifics of your case. It is important to work with an attorney while dealing with workers’ comp. One reason being that they may be able to pursue noneconomic damages if you are injured from willful neglect. Although this does not happen often and can be an extensive process, a successful claim will show that you have evidence that proves emotional distress as a result of physical injury.

Contact All the Right People

Once you have established a plan with your employer that makes you feel safe at work and after all your medical needs are taken care of, the next step would be to contact anyone else that is involved with your workers’ compensation. This can include your attorney and your insurance company.

If you are returning to work after you have received workers’ compensation, contact Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, Francis J. Discipio. He has access to a network of medical professionals, as well as the knowledge and resources to help you get through your transition. To schedule a consultation, call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288.

Source:

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

Fines for Ohio Plant After Unsafe Equipment Causes Texas Amputation

September 9th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

equipment, Chicago workers' compensation attorneyNo amount of financial compensation can bring back the death of a loved one or fix an irreparable injury. When a serious injury or fatality is the fault of an employer due to improper training or an unsafe working environment, the frustration and agony felt by the employee or the family can be compounded exponentially. While workers’ compensation may take care of the medical bills, there is often a feeling of contempt for the company and people that let a serious accident happen. Whether the injury was a result of employer carelessness or the more sinister corner cutting to protect company profits, retribution is often necessary. Such retribution can actually create a safer work environment for that company’s employees into the future. This may be the case in a recent incident in which a Texas employee lost his hand due to a jam in a piece of machinery. If you have suffered an injury, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today.

A Johns Manville employee lost his hand in a Texas manufacturing facility due to unsafe equipment and a clear lack of safety measures outlined by his employer. Half of all workplace amputations occur in the manufacturing sector, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The company produces roofing and insulation products, and while performing his job, the employee’s hand became severed off while he attempted to clear the machine of a jam. Johns Manville was issued a proposed total of $49,600 in fines by OSHA. The company was cited for the lack of machine guards on a conveyor belt, which would have protected the employee from hazards. As well, they were cited for having an unguarded, protruding shaft to stick out over one and a half times its diameter. A Johns Manville plant here in Ohio was cited for the same violations. Additionally, three serious violations were issued, according to the OSHA report:

  • The energy control procedures did not clearly and specifically outline the steps for shutting down, isolating, and blocking and securing machines to control hazardous energy;
  • Regarding lockout for energy control, the periodic inspection did not include a review, between the inspection and the authorized employee, of that employee’s responsibilities under the energy control procedure being inspected; and
  • Authorized employees did not receive training in the recognition of acceptable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation.

According to OSHA’s Fort Worth area director, “Johns Manville’s flawed procedures to control hazardous energy sources and a lack of machine guards ultimately led to an amputation. The company should have evaluated its lockout/tagout program and provided proper machine guarding. It is simply unacceptable that a 34-year-old father of four young children suffered a gruesome injury, and has had life forever changed by an incident that was preventable.”

If you have been injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288. We do not charge anything for consultations, and will inform you on what your best options are to receive the workers’ compensation that you deserve.

 

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/machineguarding/scope.html

https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/JohnsManville_1125065.pdf

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