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Work Injuries Increase During the Summertime

June 30th, 2020 at 10:19 pm

IL work injury lawyer, Ilinois workers comp attorney, Facing an injury is never easy, even when you have workers’ compensation benefits to count on. According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employees experience more work injuries during the summer months of June, July, and August than any other time of the year. Some risks are weather-related, while others are not. These are the four most common injuries that arise the most during the summer and those the biggest threat to workers.

  1.   Heatstroke. Warm weather and intense physical labor can be a recipe for disaster. Working in the sun and extreme heat can cause the body to shut down. To prevent heatstroke, workers should work close to a shaded area, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks.
  2.   Dehydration. In line with heat stroke, dehydration is another common summer injury. Signs of dehydration include dry skin, headaches, and fatigue. This can be prevented by drinking plenty of water, keeping an extra supply on hand, and having additional employees nearby to remind you to stop and take a drink every 10-15 minutes.
  3.   Falls. Falls occur throughout the year but have been shown to increase in the summer. Proper footwear and harnesses, as well as extreme alertness, are no match against falls, which can cause serious injury or even death. Having routine safety meetings, inspecting and replacing equipment, and acclaiming to the weather can decrease the chance of injury.
  4.   Sprains, strains, and tears. Symptoms of sprains, strains, and tears can vary. Typically, pain and swelling will result, and you may feel off balance. If you believe you have a sprain, strain, or tear, be sure to seek immediate medical attention, as improper treatment may lead to a decrease in range of motion, constant discomfort, and instability.

Aside from these four common summertime injuries, there are many more that pose constant threats to workers. To prevent injury exposure, it is important to take the appropriate safety measures at all times.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

No matter what time of year it is, it is important to contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney if you have suffered a work-related injury. An attorney from the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio can walk you through the entire process, and help you receive the maximum amount of benefits. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation today.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

https://www.bls.gov/osmr/research-papers/2013/pdf/st130230.pdf

 

Pedestrian Accident While on the Job

June 11th, 2020 at 8:47 pm

IL job injury attorneyIllinois is home to some of the busiest cities in the country- Chicago, Cook County, and Rosemont-  putting pedestrians at greater risk. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 319,146 motor vehicle crashes in 2018. Of those 319,146, 4,779 involved a pedestrian. If you were a pedestrian in a motor vehicle crash, it is important to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.

Illinois Pedestrian Laws

Pedestrians and drivers are equally responsible for maintaining traffic safety. However, drivers should always yield the right-of-way when a pedestrian is present, and should not drive unreasonably close to them.

Within the state of Illinois, a driver must stop in any of these situations:

  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, but on the driver’s side of the roadway and there are no traffic lights to direct them.
  • When children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk before the traffic light has changed from red to green.
  • When a pedestrian is entering an intersection with a flashing yellow signal.
  • When a pedestrian is entering or leaving the road from a building, alley, driveway, or private road.

The Insurance Company

An injured pedestrian will most likely recover compensation from an auto insurance company following the accident. However, if the accident took place while the pedestrian was on the job, their employer may be responsible to cover damages. Additionally, if the pedestrian suffered a severe injury or death, the pedestrian or his/her family may be able to sue the driver or their auto insurance company.

If You Have Been Hit

If you have been hit by a motor vehicle, it is important to seek out medical attention even if you do not think you have been injured. Either way, you will want to collect the following information:

  • The driver’s name, any and all contact information such as phone number, and/or email address, insurance information, and their license plate number.
  • The witness or witnesses name and contact information.

Additionally, take pictures of anything you deem important that may help your case. These pictures include the driver’s car, any damage on the vehicle, skid marks on the pavement, and injuries you have sustained.

Contact a Chicago Job Injury Attorney Today

Were you or a loved one severely injured while walking or jogging? Contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our legal team will represent you and your case.

 

Sources:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2018%20Crash%20Facts.pdf

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/bikepedsafety.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-401

 

Four Tips for Returning to Work After a Job Injury

May 27th, 2020 at 5:38 pm

IL work injury lawyerThe final stage following a work injury can be one of the most difficult. You are feeling better, and ready to return to work, but is your body ready?  Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer to this as it depends on the individual and the severity of the injury. However, research shows that getting back to work can be a critical component of the recovery process.

With so many variables to keep in mind, here are a few tips to ease yourself into returning to work after your injury:

  1.   Listen to your doctor. When it comes to medical issues, the professionals know best. It is important to listen to your doctor to make the most out of your recovery process.
  2.   Document any limitations or restrictions you may have. Regardless of how you may feel, trust your doctor’s orders to avoid overexertion and reinjury. Be sure that your employer understands what you can and cannot handle, and do not be afraid to speak up if a job may be too tough for you to do.
  3.   Promote proper safety and work readiness. Whether you have experienced an injury or not, maintaining property safety measures and work readiness is extremely important. Encourage stretching before lifting heavy equipment, proper lifting techniques, and other wellness tips such as an adequate amount of sleep.
  4.   Do not be afraid to ask for help. Working too hard following an injury can be detrimental to your recovery process. Ask for an extra break throughout your day if necessary, and/or the possibility of an extra hand on the job. No matter how difficult this may be, keeping the line of communication open will prevent future issues from arising.

Recovery is not a “one size fits all.” The key is to find balance, listen to what your body is telling you, and respond accordingly. By utilizing these tips, you will eventually return to normalcy within your personal and professional life.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you believe you are being rushed back to work, or have any questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits, contact a knowledgeable Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our attorneys are available to communicate with you during business hours via phone, email, or video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to arrange your free consultation today.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

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