Archive for February, 2014

The Dangers of Scaffolding for Construction Workers

February 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

scaffolding, injury, workers compensation, lawyer, attorney, IllinoisEmployees working around scaffolding are some of the most at-risk for workplace injuries. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 72 percent of all scaffold accidents occurred when the support of planking gave way, the employee slipped, or falling objects struck the employee.

These dangerous conditions highlight the importance of extra safety precaution at worksites using scaffolding in order to prevent serious injuries and workers’ compensation claims.

One of the leading causes of occupational death is falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s why government regulators require that construction worksites using scaffolds and other raised platforms implement safety protocol, harnesses, and other guidelines to protect workers on the job.

An employer supervisor is responsible for maintaining a safe work location for all of his or her employees, but accidents can and do still happen, compromising the life and the livelihood of the employee.

Regulations regarding scaffolding include proper rope shielding, properly designed and constructed platforms, use of fall equipment, use of structural members for anchor points, and proper safety training of all employees.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a scaffolding accident, you likely have the grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. You might be suffering from broken bones, internal injuries, low back or neck injuries, or even a brain injury as a result of the incident.

If you believe you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you need to let your employer know in a timely manner. Your employer is prohibited from discriminating against you due to a claim or your intent to file a claim, but you will want to retail legal counsel so that you have someone in your corner advocating for the maximum benefits you deserve under workers’ compensation. If you have been hurt in a scaffold accident, contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today.

Spinal Cord Injuries at Work

February 20th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

spinal cord injuryEmployees of all kinds can be injured at work, from working at a manual labor job to reaching for a high shelf and straining back muscles in a corporate job. That is why workers’ compensation benefits exist. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to these benefits.

The central nervous system is made up of the spinal cord and the brain; the spinal cord sends and receives all information between the brain and all other organs in the body. If the spinal cord is injured, the brain’s communication pathway to the rest of the body is impaired.

Injury can occur from disease in the spinal cord or surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels, along with various physical damages, according to the New York Times Health Guide.

Safety precautions tend not to be geared towards workplace injuries, but it is still likely that a spinal cord can be injured or a previous injury can be made worse at work. If the spinal cord has been weakened from bone disease or age, minor injuries can also cause serious damage.

Direct injury may occur from:

  • Cuts from bone fragments or metal fragments;
  • The spinal cord being moved in irregular ways such as being pulled, pressed sideways, or compressed;
  • Buildup of blood or other fluid that may cause swelling in or around the spinal cord, creating pressure.

If you are concerned that your spinal cord has been injured or you have risk factors that may lead to spinal cord injury, you should visit your doctor. Exams can be done on your brain and nervous system to identify an injury and its location.

After being injured at work, it is important to seek medical attention. If you find that you have an injury to your spinal cord, contact a workers’ compensation attorney to help you file a claim against the person at fault for the accident.

Survey Says 21% of Employees have Missed Work due to on the job Injury

February 14th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

workplace accident IMAGEA recent survey indicates that more than 1/5 of employees have missed time at work following a workplace accident. The survey researchers asked 1,000 workers about their connection to workplace injuries. Sixteen percent indicated that they had suffered one injury, while five percent spoke about more than one injury. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you need legal advice from a workers’ compensation attorney.

The study found that the most common types of injuries were the following:

  • musculoskeletal problems;
  • slips and falls involving strains or broken bones;
  • motor vehicle accidents;
  • repetitive motion;
  • injuries after being struck by an object; and
  • burns.

The study found that men are more likely to be injured on the job when compared with women, although the most common injuries for men and women were musculoskeletal. Following that, men were most likely to be hurt by machinery or being struck by an object, whereas women were most likely to have a repetitive motion injury.

One of the most interesting findings from the study is that almost 1 in 10 employees opted not to report their workplace injury due to fear of retaliation. Employers are forbidden from retaliating against you or discriminating against you after you file a workers’ compensation claim, but anxiety about submitting a claim is certainly keeping some injured employees from pursuing their rights under a workers’ compensation claim.

For some employees, the main concern is being harassed or ignored for promotions, but others are concerned about keeping their job at all. Safety incentive programs where employees and coworkers are financially rewarded for not reporting injuries can also discourage an injured worker from coming forth about the accident.

If you have been injured, you may be passing up your chance to receive the compensation you deserve under a workers’ compensation claim. Contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today.

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