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The Coronavirus and Workers’ Compensation

March 24th, 2020 at 7:27 pm

coronavirusThe coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm, forcing schools, restaurants, casinos and many other public places to close until further notice. However, many working individuals such as healthcare providers, airline and airport operators, and retail workers are susceptible to the virus because of the high exposure risk.

Compensability in Illinois

Although the outbreak originally derived from individuals exposed to infected animals, the virus can be spread between people. Those infected with the virus spread their illness through their respiratory secretions, such as coughing and/or sneezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states the spread from person-to-person in close contact- about six feet.

Within the state of Illinois, workers’ compensation covers illness and diseases when an employee is at greater risk.

Although workers’ compensation is not guaranteed, if your job has put you at greater risk, you could claim that regularly interacting with patients created a harmful environment.

Additionally, if you believe your industry is not following proper sanitation guidelines, further increasing your exposure risk, you may be entitled to compensation.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The following symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing

If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your employer, any friends or family you may have been in contact with, and your doctor immediately.

Protecting Yourself

If you are at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus, it is extremely important to take extra precaution:

  • Practice social distancing. Increase the physical space between you and other individuals to avoid spreading the illness.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Utilize fist bumps, curtseys, or elbow taps.
  • Wash your hands meticulously and frequently after touching people, objects or surfaces. To make sure your hands are properly washed, use soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds.
  • Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer and a container of disinfecting wipes within reach.
  • Avoid touching your face altogether.
  • Cover your mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing. Use your elbow only if you have to as viruses can cling to your clothing or skin.
  • If you are able, wear a facemask, and rubber gloves.

Contact a Cook County, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you believe you have come in contact with the coronavirus, or are experiencing symptoms and believe you may have contracted the virus while on the job, contact a Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio. We will protect your rights, and ensure you receive your workers’ compensation. Call us at 630-574-2288.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Ftransmission.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

Historic Tragedies and Workers’ Compensation

December 15th, 2019 at 11:18 am

IL workers compensation lawyer, IL job injury attorney, Historic Tragedies that Formed Workers’ CompensationAs a society, we create laws and regulations to prevent tragedies from happening again and develop protocols if they do. For example, after a child’s tragic death, legislation may be passed on a state level concerning the situation that took their life such as David’s law in Texas or Kelsey’s law in Illinois. The first workers’ compensation laws took place in 1911 after a series of accidents in the United States that took the lives of hundreds of workers. These accidents helped to form the government program to assist employees after injury or death in the workplace.

Today, most employers in Illinois are required to have workers’ compensation insurance and all employees have the right to file a claim after a work accident. Workers’ compensation provides benefits if an employee cannot return to work, such as lost wage payments and no-cost medical care. For jobs with heavy labor or emotional toll such as a construction worker or first responder, worker’s compensation is critical to the health of an employee after work-related accidents. Factory workers and coal miners in the following accidents lead to the current workers’ compensation laws that benefit modern workers.

Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909: The coal industry was notorious for injuries and deaths of workers in the early 20th century. Despite the mine, located in Cherry, Illinois, is one of the most advanced at its time, a fire started on the 13th day of December took the lives of 259 workers. Some of these minors were as young as 10 years old. The fire left women and families without financial support. The mine owner was charged fees for child labor and was ordered to supply families of lost loved ones $1,800.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911: Neglected safety featured from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City caused the deaths of 147 workers. The factory only one functional elevator that brought workers to the main floor. On March 25, a fire started with 600 workers in the factory. The masses loaded into the singular elevator, which after four trips, broke. Other workers jumped to their deaths in an attempt to escape or burned alive. The families were only paid $75 for each death.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The occurrences of accidents in the workplace are not new, but today there are benefits and protections for workers. If you have been involved in a workplace accident that has left you injured and unable to return to work, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today to discuss your options. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Pages/faq.aspx#history

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/79802/1909-cherry-mine-disaster

https://www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/triangle-shirtwaist-fire

How Do Construction Accidents Happen?

April 19th, 2019 at 11:44 am

Cook County construction worker injury lawyerWhen compared to other occupations, construction workers have a high rate of work-related injuries. These jobs are often physically demanding, and they involve many variables that can lead to fatal accidents or injuries. According to the United States Department of Labor, there were 4,674 work-related fatalities in 2017, and 20% of those deaths occurred in construction accidents.

There are two circumstances in which a construction worker may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. The first would be for an injury caused by repetition or an occupational hazard – something that was not necessarily the result of a specific instance, but the career as a whole. If a person’s job includes doing the same motions or breathing a hazardous chemical for years, the result may be damage that prevents the employee from continuing their career.

The second type of claim involves cases in which a worker is injured or dies as the result of an accident that took place while they were working. Whether the accident is the employee’s fault or not, they will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in most cases.

There are three main types of construction accidents that lead to workers’ compensation claims:

  • Falls – The United States Department of Labor reported that 39.2% of all construction accidents that resulted in death were caused by a fall. Construction workers often do their jobs from high surfaces or structures, and falls from higher than six feet can lead to fatal injuries. Falls can happen because of structural defects, holes or openings in floors or walls, or poorly maintained ladders or scaffolding.
  • Being Struck By an Object – A piece of equipment or material can strike a construction worker suddenly. When an object itself causes an injury, it is considered a struck by object injury. This can include being injured by a construction vehicle, material flying through the air, or material being moved. These injuries can cause brain trauma or even kill the worker on the spot.
  • Electrocutions – Construction workers often do their jobs near live wires, which can lead to electrocution if the proper precautions are not taken. A person can also be electrocuted by fallen power lines or faulty equipment. Electrocutions account for 8.9% percent of fatal construction accidents.

Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Attorney

No matter who is at fault for your construction accident, your medical treatment should be paid for, and if you can no longer work due to an injury, you deserve to receive disability benefits from your company’s workers’ compensation insurance. An experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

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