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Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for Disfigurement From an Injury?

February 21st, 2019 at 10:34 am

Cook County workers' compensation attorney scarring disfigurementIf you are involved in an accident at work, particularly if you work in the manufacturing or construction industries, the results of your injuries may lead to permanent disfigurement or scarring. While the accident may not have taken your life, it can lead to costly rehabilitation and have a significant impact on you for years to come. A visible scar or any kind of disfigurement is emotionally traumatizing. You may be able to go back to work, but your day to day life will never be the same.

What Is Considered Disfigurement?

The Illinois Supreme Court determined that disfigurement is defined as an impairment of appearance that is unusual. It can affect the beauty of a person or the symmetry of their face or body.

If your disfigurement is from the result of an incident at work, you may be eligible for additional workers’ compensation. According to 820 ILCS 305/8, for a disfigurement to be eligible for workers’ compensation, it must be permanent, severe, and located on a reasonably visual part of your body, such as the face, neck, head, hand, arm, cheek, or leg below the knee. Disfigurement to the rest of your body may not be eligible for additional compensation. If an accident caused the loss of an arm or leg, you can not claim both disability and disfigurement benefits for the same body part.

The amount paid out will depend on the severity and location of the disfigurement. For example, a scar on your face is worth more than a scar on your arm or shin. Raised scars or other textured disfigurements are also worth more. A disfigurement to the face, when compared to a permanent superficial injury to a limb, can cause emotional trauma, depending on the severity of the injury. Whether or not the disfigurement interferes with daily tasks is also considered. A person with third or fourth degree burns on their hand may have difficulty using their hand normally.

The benefit rate for non-fatal injuries such as disfigurement is the same as for permanent partial disability benefits. Subject to the minimum and maximum recorded payouts for similar injuries or scenarios, the payout is 60% of a worker’s weekly paycheck. The maximum amount of time an employee can receive payout due to a disfigurement is 162 weeks.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Getting an injury at work that stays with you forever can be difficult to deal with, and it will serve as a permanent reminder of the pain you have suffered. Even if you are eventually able to return to work normally, you deserve compensation for costs of medical treatment and the emotional toll of your injury. Contact a Cook County workers’ comp lawyer to see if your case is eligible for compensation. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=082003050K8

Common Types of Work-Related Repetitive Strain Injuries

February 6th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Illinois workers' compensation attorney carpal tunnelWorkers’ compensation is often associated with life-threatening injuries or deaths that occur due to a condition or circumstance at work. However, an internal injury caused by repetitive movements, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, can also be covered by workers’ comp. These types of injuries can be more difficult to prove, and nearly half of the claims paid out in these cases were initially denied.

Repetitive strain injuries develop over time. General symptoms of repetitive strain include pain, numbness, tingling, decreased motion or flexibility, and loss of strength. Symptoms for repetitive stress injuries will often not appear right away, and they may develop in stages.

Injuries From Repetitive Motion

Any injury can affect your work or lifestyle. If you work in an industry such as delivery services, manufacturing, or home improvement which requires you to make repetitive motions, it is important to be aware of medical issues that would qualify for workers’ compensation. Some common types of repetitive strain injuries include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This repetitive injury affects more than three million people in the United States each year. It is most common for office workers or people who regularly use a computer for a living. Repetitive typing and clicking a mouse creates strain on the median nerve which controls hand and finger function. The carpal bones can swell and cause the strain on the wrist and fingers. Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent damage to your hand.
  • Tendonitis – Unlike carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis is not restricted to one part of the body. It is the inflammation of any tendon which connects muscle to bone. The most common points of irritation for tendonitis fall in the wrists, shoulders, knees, heels, or elbows. When untreated, tendonitis can lead to the rupturing of an injured tendon that could have otherwise been healed by rest and physical therapy. Tendonitis causes pain and swelling to the affected area, specifically around joints.
  • Tenosynovitis – While Tendonitis affects a physical tendon, tenosynovitis affects the fluid sheath that keeps the tendon lubricated. This is a painful condition that typically affects joints in the hands and feet. Although temporary solutions like icing the affected joints and taking an anti-inflammatory medication may help, surgery or physical therapy is often needed to fully heal.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Comp Attorney

Injuries which occur during the course of your work should not be ignored. If you believe you have a repetitive strain injury, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who has experience helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tendinitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20378243

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355603

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