Archive for January, 2012

Calculating Pre-Injury Wages for an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Settlement

January 19th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

If you’re injured on the job, you might be eligible for worker’s compensation. While worker’s compensation isn’t meant to carry you for the rest of your life (or set you up for retirement), it can make up for the disparity in wages you experience due to any disability or partial disability incurred as a result of injury on the job. The most common form of a worker’s compensation settlement is PPD, Permanent Partial Disability. Before settling, however, be sure that all the necessary expenses related to your injury have been accounted for. Once you go back to work, your employer is no longer obligated to pay for expenses.

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According to the Social Security Administration, there are no federal regulations in workers’ compensation; consequently, there are significant variations in state workers’ compensation programs. In Illinois, the calculation of pre-injury wages plays a significant factor in how much compensation is awarded in a PPD settlement. Illinois worker’s compensation laws allow for a benefit awarding 2/3 of what you were making before the injury. For example, if you made $500 per week before the injury and after returning to work earn only $250 a week, you would be eligible for 2/3 of the difference (2/3 of $250 = $167). This may not seem like a perfect settlement, but many states offer no pre-injury wage calculation in the settlement whatsoever: Alaska, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington.

The calculation of pre-injury wages is only one factor in the complicated process of settling a workers’ compensation dispute. It’s not a process one should go through without the aid of an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer. Contact one of our dedicated experts if you or someone you know is experiencing a workers compensation dispute to help determine the best plan of action for you and your future.


Health Risks Involved in Yaz Birth Control Pills

January 8th, 2012 at 8:16 am

Birth control pills don’t just offer protection from unplanned pregnancies but also acne and severe pre-menstrual pain. This is even how they are advertised on television and other media. However, all birth control pills come with some risk. Anywhere from two to four women per 10,000 on the pill will suffer blood clots, and some will ever die as a result. But with Yaz, several new independent studies have put that risk two to three times higher.

At this time, over 10,500 women have filed a product liability lawsuit against Bayer alleging that they suffered injuries as a result of the drug maker’s failure to effectively warn about the side effects of Yaz, Yasmin and other Drosperinone-based birth control pills. Drospirenone is a new type of synthetic progestin that is used in combination with oral contraceptives pills which include estrogen.

Several medical studies have found that women using Yaz face an increased risk of suffering a blood clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis and sudden death.  Without adequate warnings on their packaging, these two pills quickly became top-sellers, generating hundreds of millions in annual sales for Bayer. Last year, annual sales of Yaz reached over $350 million, according to SDI Health, which tracks sales of prescription drugs. Annual sales of Yasmin have declined since 2008 when the drug generated over $325 million.

The FDA recently released a report that suggested Drospirenone-based birth control pills may increase the risk of blood clots by 75% over older birth control pills.  A panel of FDA advisors which met in December called for stricter label warnings on Yaz and Yasmin, but stopped short of recommending a Yaz recall.  The panel on Oct. 8, 2011 voted 21 to 5 that the current labeling of Yaz and other popular birth-control pills using the manmade hormone progesterone is inadequate in warning users of its potentially deadly side effects.

Based on the company’s past actions, there is little doubt that Bayer will continue to use every resource it at its disposal to fight the growing number of lawsuits that are being filed against it as a result of its top-selling contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin. The FDA’s latest action will only increase this resolve. This shows why it’s imperative that, if you or a loved one has developed a Yaz-related blood clot as a result of taking the drug, you should be aware of all the latest developments surrounding the birth-control pill.  If you feel you have experienced a blood clot or related injury, then please contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer.


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