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Returning to Work After an Injury: What Every Injured Employee Should Know

April 7th, 2017 at 10:36 am

Illinois workers comp attorney, Illinois workers compensation lawyer, When you are injured on the job, it can be devastating on your family’s finances. This remains true, even when you are eligible for workers’ compensation. Sadly, this may encourage you to return to work sooner, and that could potentially jeopardize your health. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to mitigate the risks. The following explains how.

Return Slowly, If You Can

Although returning to work could help you recover from your injury faster, it also places you at risk for injury if you come back to full duty too soon. This is especially crucial to understand if your doctor has told you to only return part time, or on limited duty. So, if you do return to work before you are fully healed, make sure you convey any concerns you have to your employer. Discuss your limitations with them and ask for the accommodations you are entitled to receive.

Know Your Rights

Just as you have the right to only work to the level that you are capable of when you return, you have the right to also continue seeking medical treatment for your injury. Further, you can still claim workers’ compensation for the time you missed at work, and for any time that may continue to lose for doctor appointments or special therapies and/or treatments. Make sure you keep track of your hours of lost work since this will be crucial to ensuring you receive compensation.

You should also know that your employer cannot punish you for claiming workers’ compensation, or for needing time to see your doctor for treatment. If you do feel that you have been wrongfully terminated, demoted, or otherwise punished for a work injury, it is crucial that you contact an experienced attorney for guidance and assistance.

Help for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

While you can file a workers’ compensation on your own, not seeking legal assistance could increase your risks of a claim denial. Further, those who have representation during the claims process often experience more favorable outcomes. So get the quality counsel you deserve.

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we fight to protect the best interests of our clients. We handle the legal aspects of your case, freeing you up to focus on healing and getting back to work. Whatever your situation, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers pursue the most favorable outcome possible. To schedule your consultation, call 630-574-2288 today.




Fines for Ohio Plant After Unsafe Equipment Causes Texas Amputation

September 9th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

equipment, Chicago workers' compensation attorneyNo amount of financial compensation can bring back the death of a loved one or fix an irreparable injury. When a serious injury or fatality is the fault of an employer due to improper training or an unsafe working environment, the frustration and agony felt by the employee or the family can be compounded exponentially. While workers’ compensation may take care of the medical bills, there is often a feeling of contempt for the company and people that let a serious accident happen. Whether the injury was a result of employer carelessness or the more sinister corner cutting to protect company profits, retribution is often necessary. Such retribution can actually create a safer work environment for that company’s employees into the future. This may be the case in a recent incident in which a Texas employee lost his hand due to a jam in a piece of machinery. If you have suffered an injury, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today.

A Johns Manville employee lost his hand in a Texas manufacturing facility due to unsafe equipment and a clear lack of safety measures outlined by his employer. Half of all workplace amputations occur in the manufacturing sector, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The company produces roofing and insulation products, and while performing his job, the employee’s hand became severed off while he attempted to clear the machine of a jam. Johns Manville was issued a proposed total of $49,600 in fines by OSHA. The company was cited for the lack of machine guards on a conveyor belt, which would have protected the employee from hazards. As well, they were cited for having an unguarded, protruding shaft to stick out over one and a half times its diameter. A Johns Manville plant here in Ohio was cited for the same violations. Additionally, three serious violations were issued, according to the OSHA report:

  • The energy control procedures did not clearly and specifically outline the steps for shutting down, isolating, and blocking and securing machines to control hazardous energy;
  • Regarding lockout for energy control, the periodic inspection did not include a review, between the inspection and the authorized employee, of that employee’s responsibilities under the energy control procedure being inspected; and
  • Authorized employees did not receive training in the recognition of acceptable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation.

According to OSHA’s Fort Worth area director, “Johns Manville’s flawed procedures to control hazardous energy sources and a lack of machine guards ultimately led to an amputation. The company should have evaluated its lockout/tagout program and provided proper machine guarding. It is simply unacceptable that a 34-year-old father of four young children suffered a gruesome injury, and has had life forever changed by an incident that was preventable.”

If you have been injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288. We do not charge anything for consultations, and will inform you on what your best options are to receive the workers’ compensation that you deserve.





OSHA Standards Set to Rise by Summer 2016

June 24th, 2016 at 8:22 am

OSHA, Chicago workers' compensation lawyersWhile job safety has been on a rapid rise over the last half century, there is still a very long way to go before the most dangerous jobs are considered safe. The Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) is about to roll out a new program that will eliminate some of the dangers associated with particularly hazardous work environments. According to Forbes, some of the most dangerous jobs include:

  • Airline pilots;
  • Animal caretakers;
  • Construction workers;
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT);
  • Enlisted military personnel;
  • Firefighters;
  • Tractor trailer operators;
  • Loggers;
  • Parole or correctional officers; and
  • Police officers.

Not on the list are the exceptionally dangerous occupations of roofers and fishermen. Miners, taxi drivers, convenience store employees, athletes, farmers and ranchers, landscapers, garbage and recycling collectors, electrical line workers, bus drivers, and driving/sales workers are also at high risk. No matter what type of work, there are risks involved. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that those risks are minimized to the greatest possible extent.

With thousands of on-the-job deaths every year, the majority of those fatalities are the result of transportation collisions (traffic accidents), falls, being struck by an object or being pinned between objects, electrocution, and even homicide. Injuries and serious illnesses, of course, are more prevalent. Serious injuries can range from debilitating repetitive motion injuries to paralysis from a spinal cord injury. Luckily the most dangerous occupations are about to be thrown a life preserver in the form of a new standard for analyzing the workplace accidents of various industries and specific companies.

OSHA Set to Increase Spotlight on Irresponsible Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is putting into motion a new rule to create a more modern way of collecting workplace injury data, according to reports. Through behavioral economics, OSHA believes the new standard will help improve workplace safety. Specifically, the data collected from companies will be made available to the public, bringing to light which companies take safety seriously, and which do not. This, in theory, should help force the hand of employers to increase their safety protocols and treat safety as their number one priority. The new system will require 432,000 high-hazard workplaces that employ 20-249 employees and 34,000 high hazard workplaces with over 250 employees to send their individual injury and illness information to OSHA each year. The information will be used to track trends and give employers means to make comparisons to other companies in the same field, while also putting public pressure on the shoulders of the company to set higher standards for safety. By revealing the intimate safety data of a company, workers can see whether their employer is on the right side of their particular industry’s safety average.

Contact an Attorney for Help

Unfortunately, far too many injured employees may be denied the compensation that they rightfully deserve. As such, if you were injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 and learn how we can assist you.





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