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Archive for May, 2019

Returning to Work After Workers’ Compensation

May 31st, 2019 at 3:26 pm

work-injuryWhen a person is awarded workers’ compensation, it means that their life was altered due to an accident or situation at work. In most cases, an injured person needs to take leave from work unless deemed permanently totally disabled and unable to return to the workforce. Depending on how long you were out of, returning to work may feel awkward, especially if you are still not at your best. Being out of work may make you feel guilty as well, but receiving workers’ compensation is your right.

Workers’ compensation exists to make sure employees are secure after being injured at work. The legally mandated insurance for employers will pay for medical expenses and lost wages of employees found to qualify for the benefits after an accident. All employees are eligible for benefits under workers’ compensation, even if an accident was their fault. However, any injuries must be caused by an element of employment, and be more serious than a first aid kit could handle, in order to qualify for the benefits.

When healing from a work-related injury, your doctor will be who clears you to return to work. It may be ordered that you rest until maximum medical improvement, or you may be cleared to return to work with a modified schedule or tasks. This is when a person is deemed temporarily disabled, or permanently disabled with a partial impairment. When you are cleared for work it is important to notify your employer and workers’ compensation representative.

When returning to work, create a plan with your employer for your integrating back into your job. A person returning to work after a traumatic injury may have work restrictions as ordered by your doctor. Your employer should have a copy of these restrictions. While you may want to jump back into work, not going past these restrictions is crucial to your continuing recovery and health. It is possible your employer may find alternative work to accommodate your injury.

Although you cannot be fired for filing workers’ compensation, if you cannot be incorporated back at your old job, an at-will employee can be let go for any reason. Not accepting a position from your employer may make you lose your workers’ compensation.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Navigating employment after experiencing a workers’ compensation can be difficult alone. If your employer is not willing to accommodate your disability, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney to assist in your life after a traumatic injury. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Source:

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

 

Occupational Diseases That Affect the Lungs

May 17th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

IL work injury attorneyWorkers’ compensation is often associated with a one time incident at work that has caused an injury. Whether an injury has prevented an employee from returning to work, workers’ compensation is there to protect workers in the event that their well-being is affected by their job. Certain industries, particularly construction or manufacturing, use materials that are potentially damaging to workers. Constantly interacting with harsh chemicals and substances can make a worker permanently ill.

Although it is difficult to prove that a substance at work has caused an occupational disease, workers’ compensation is there to provide after the fact. Most employers are legally required to have workers’ compensation insurance.  Illnesses caused by harsh materials may require intensive and expensive medical treatment. There is also a possibility that the illness can or will prevent future work. If it can be proven that a substance at work has made an employee sick, then financial compensation is possible to live comfortably after a diagnosis.

The following are two common diseases that can be occurred by workers with exposure to dangerous substances.

Asbestos Poisoning: After the 1970s products with asbestos became heavily regulated by the federal government due to its hazard. A person today is unlikely to get asbestos poisoning while following safe work practices, but the effects of the disease may take up to 40 years to appear. Asbestos was often used in building materials such as insulation and cement, and may still be present in older construction. The fibers of asbestos, with continuous exposure, cause chronic lung disease.

Occupational Asthma: Asthma is an autoimmune response when lungs are irritated due to an allergen or a dangerous substance. When experiencing an asthma attack, a person’s airways become tight and it becomes hard to breathe. If a substance at work has caused an employee to develop asthma, then it may be dangerous for that employee to remain working. Occupational asthma is controlled through medication and avoiding the substance that caused the disease. Asthma attacks can be deadly, and the disease can lead to permanent lung damage, disability, or death.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Although a disease or illness may not be visible, they can be just as life alerting as physical trauma. If you believe your chronic illness was caused by hazards at work, contact an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case. Your attorney will explain what is needed to win compensation for a difficult to prove the situation. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asbestosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354637

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/occupational-asthma/symptoms-causes/syc-20375772

 

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