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Slip and Fall Injuries on the Job – What Injured Workers Need to Know

October 11th, 2018 at 9:45 am

Illinois workplace injury attorneysSlips, trips, and falls are some of the leading causes of injuries in the workplace. In fact, statistics indicate that they are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, and they represent the primary reason for missed days at work. So what can you do if you are injured on the job after a slip, trip, or fall? The following information explains, and it provides important details on how a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer can help improve your chances of receiving a full and fair payout on your work injury claim. 

Workplace Slip and Fall Injury Statistics

Some workers are able to return to work shortly after their injury, but around 22 percent of all workers injured by a slip, trip, or fall end up missing at least 30 days or work. During that time, their household bills may go unpaid, and they may struggle to support their families. For an estimated 600 families, the effect of a workplace slip, trip, or fall is permanent, as their loved one ends up dying from injuries associated with a slip, trip, or fall in the workplace. These numbers all contribute to the estimated $70 billion that is paid out each year in compensation and medical-related costs for workplace slip, trip, and fall injuries. 

Why Seek Legal Assistance with a Workers’ Compensation Claim? 

Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying it out. When one adds in the sheer number of claims that are processed by the insurance companies each year, it is no wonder why so many are denied for things like a pre-existing condition or an injury that allegedly occurred outside of the workplace. Denials are not ironclad, however. In fact, an attorney can help reduce the risk of an initial denial. A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer can also increase the chances of a favorable outcome if the claim is denied and must be appealed. Payouts may also be higher for those who obtain legal assistance during the claims process. Lastly, a lawyer can help to determine if an injured worker is eligible for compensation outside of their workers’ compensation claim, such as through a third-party lawsuit. 

Contact Our Cook County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for assistance. Our Chicago workers’ compensation attorney will protect your interests, right from the very start of your claim. Schedule a free consultation to get started. Call 630-574-2288 today. 

Sources:

https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/

https://secure.fldfs.com/wcapps/claims_research/Stats_Results.asp

 

Police Officer’s Injuries Fall under Traveling Worker Doctrine

February 12th, 2015 at 7:00 am

Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, Traveling Worker DoctrineUnder most circumstances, employers are not liable if an employee is injured while traveling to or returning home from work at the end of a required shift or commitment. However, there are several jobs which require employees to travel during work hours in order to fulfill the duties of their job. Hence, many states have adopted some variation of the traveling worker doctrine.

In an appeal of a case heard before the Illinois Workers Compensation Board, the board agreed with the original arbitrator’s ruling that the traveling worker doctrine was correctly applied in an original ruling which favored a claimant.

The claimant, a police officer with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, had testified that he was driving in his assigned patrol car when he received a call from district headquarters. He was asked to drive to one office to pick up requested documents and to then drive to another office to deliver the documents.

The officer drove his vehicle to the first location and parked it in a parking lot owned by the district. The claimant testified that he was aware that it was getting close to the end of his shift. Therefore, he only had so much time to complete his assigned task. He left the vehicle and walked toward the building. While doing so, he checked his watch and then tripped on an elevated sidewalk which was located in the front of his vehicle.

The fall resulted in injuries to the claimant’s right knee, should and arm, as well as injuries to his left knee. The arbitrator who heard the original case awarded the claimant benefits under the traveling employee doctrine. The arbitrator based the finding on the following facts:

  • The arbitrator determined that because the officer had been assigned a patrol car for his job, as well as the required duties of patrolling various locations both on and off district-owned property, this confirmed that the claimant was indeed a traveling employee.
  • Regarding the “reasonableness” of the officer’s claim, the arbitrator determined that the act of the officer walking across the parking lot in order to complete the assigned task was a “reasonable” action. The arbitrator further stated that because the claimant was only given a certain amount of time to complete the task, the act of checking his watch—although a distraction which resulted in him missing the sidewalk and falling—was also a “reasonable” act.

The board agreed with the original findings of the arbitrator and agreed that the claimant’s injuries fall under the traveling worker doctrine.

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury, please contact a knowledgeable and experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to represent you and make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

New Study Gives Insight into How Body Reacts when Falling

November 21st, 2014 at 12:09 pm

workplace falling injury, Illinois workers compensation lawyerResearchers from Ohio State University recently conducted a study on how the human body moves by walking. The study, titled “A Step in the Right Direction” was published last month in the journal Biology Letters. The results of the study can help gain insight in how to prevent falls, which is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries.

The research team studied how people walk by watching them on a treadmill. There were 10 participants of the study, who were fitted with motion caption markers which tracked them as they walked on the treadmills. Participants were instructed to walk from a relaxed pace all the way to a pace of about two to three miles per hour.

As we walk, we put each foot at slightly different position with each step, in what appears to be random placement of our feet. But the researchers in this study were able to take the data gathered from the motion caption markers and come up with a mathematical model that can predict the placement of the next step over 80 percent of the time. These predictions can be made by watching the small variations in a person’s pelvis as they are walking.

As one of the researchers described it, each step we take as we walk is a balancing act to keep from going too far forward or too far sideways. Think of every step as a tiny fall in which we quickly regain stability. The method we use to take a step is a miniscule version of the larger moves our bodies make when we are losing our balance, such as in a fall.

The study team plans on continuing their research with more studies regarding the stability and control the human body uses in walking and hope to use their findings in possible aid in diagnosing and treating balance conditions.

According to another study, last year, falls were the second most common cause of workplace injuries. The cost of these falls is approximately $70 billion per year in medical costs and workers’ compensation. Some of the most common causes of falls include:

  • Floors that need to be repaired;
  • Spills;
  • Loose rugs or mats;
  • Weather hazards;
  • Inappropriate footwear; and
  • Lack of training for employees.

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury, you need an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to represent you and make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

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