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Five Most Common Work-Related Injuries

March 11th, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, workers' compensation case, lawyer consultation, workers’ compensation benefits, work injuryWorkplace injuries can happen at any time to any kind of worker. From retail workers to elevator mechanics, accidents happen. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018. If you have experienced an injury while on the job, youmay be entitled to workers’ compensation from your employer.

Most Common Workplace Injuries

Workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses, and if you are unable to get back to work following your injury, it will also cover any lost wages until you are able to return. Here are the most common workplace injuries that workers’ compensation may cover:

  1.  Slips, trips, and falls. Slips, trips, and falls can happen on a wide variety of surfaces. Typically, these injuries occur on wet floors, snow-covered walkways, or loose carpeted areas. They can cause several different injuries such as a broken back, sprain ankle, or concussion depending on the severity of the slip, trip, or fall.
  2.  Repetitive sprain/strain injuries. Repetitive sprains and strains occur from doing the same motion over and over. Although these injuries take a while to show symptoms because they develop over the years, it is important to report them sooner rather than later and associate them with a workplace duty.
  3.  Car accidents. Truck drivers, police officers, and salesmen/saleswomen are susceptible to car accidents while on the job. If you were on your way to meet a client, or deliver a package, you are able to file for workers’ compensation for the injuries you sustained and the damage done to your car.
  4.  Lacerations. Lacerations are also known as deep cuts or tears in the skin. These injuries occur when an employee rushes to finish a job or fails to wear the correct safety gear. It’s important to take your time, and/or wear the proper safety gear to prevent lacerations.
  5.  Contact with an object or piece of equipment. Thousands of workplace injuries occur from an object or piece of equipment falling on an employee. A book may fall on an administrative assistant, a clothing rack may fall on a retail worker, or a heavy piece of machinery may fall on a machinist. No matter what the object is, if it caused you injury while on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.

Contact a Cook County, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have experienced a workplace injury, avoid suffering through the pain and contact a Cook County, Illinois workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. We guarantee to get you the compensation you are entitled to. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation today.

 

Sources: 

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdf

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

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/workerscompensation

Types of Job Injuries and Workers’ Comp Benefits

February 25th, 2020 at 10:59 pm

IL workers' compensation attorney, IL job injury lawyerWhen a person is injured and cannot work, their livelihood is threatened, but when an injury is work-related there are protections in place for employees. If a person is injured in a car accident and a party can be held liable, they can receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, there is no lawsuit involved unless a third party is involved, and it does not matter if an employer or employee can be found liable.

All employers in Illinois are required to have workers’ compensation insurance no matter how large or small their company is. Any of their employees have the right to file for benefits after a work accident. Employers cannot threaten retaliation for employees seeking benefits, and part-time disability benefits must begin if an employee cannot return to work within three days.

It is a myth that pre-existing conditions affect an employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation. This can be a device used by employers and insurance companies to defer people from filing. The truth is that if a pre-existing condition is aggravated by a work injury or illness, a person still may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Another set of injuries that qualify for benefits is repetitive trauma. This can affect anyone from office workers to hard laborers. When a person does an action multiple times a day for years over their career, it can affect the internal structures of the body. The nervous system, musicals, and bones can be permanently damaged from repetitive strain. This can cause temporary or permanent disability.

Whether a person experiences trauma such as an amputation or an aggravation of an existing condition, both experiences are valid for workers’ compensation benefits. The more severe and permanent the damage, the higher the payout will be. Workers’ compensation provides monetary benefits for lost wages as a person recovers, or if they can never recover, for the rest of their life. Workers’ compensation will also cover any medical treatment required for a workplace injury.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers’ compensation benefits protect employees when they are injured and cannot return to work. Although legal representation is not required to file for benefits, having an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can ensure your rights are protected and you get fair benefits. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Source:

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

 

What Are The Most Common Occupational Diseases?

January 23rd, 2020 at 9:35 pm

When people think about workers’ compensation, they will often associate it with catastrophic injuries that happen on work sites. While an amputation or brain injury will likely result in a worker receiving benefits, they are also eligible if they develop an illness because of their work environment. Occupational diseases can take years to develop but can be just as devastating to a person’s health. Even when safety precautions are taken, long exposure to lead, asbestos, or other toxic chemicals will leave a lasting effect.

No matter if an injury is sudden or drawn out from years on the job, most employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It also does not matter if the illness or injury in question was the fault of the employee or the employer. If someone is hurt, and cannot work after three days, employers are required to start paying temporary disability. Illinois law requires employees to report the accident within 45 days. When it comes to an occupational disease, it must be reported as soon as the employee is made aware of their condition.

Although workers’ compensation can be received if work conditions contribute to a pre-existing condition, these are some of the most common occupational diseases caused by a work environment.

  • Asbestosis: Caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, Asbestosis, or asbestos poisoning, is a chronic condition that affects the lungs.  Although asbestos is a natural mineral, it can cause mild to severe damage to the lungs with prolonged exposure. Asbestos is strong, which is why it was often used as a building material in insulation and cement. Symptoms of asbestosis do not appear until up to 40 years after long-term exposure. The fibers create scar tissue in the lungs which can lead to shortness of breath, a constant cough, and an increased risk for lung cancer.
  • Lead Poisoning: Today, it is uncommon to find lead in building materials or consumer goods. Lead used to be a common ingredient in house paint, which endangered workers and consumers alike. If workers spend time in older buildings, they may be exposed to lead through contaminated dust or paint. Symptoms will not appear for lead poisoning until they reach a certain high level. Lead poisoning can have lasting neurological effects, pain, and fertility problems.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Occupational diseases can take years to show symptoms, but you still deserve compensation after the fact. If you have developed a chronic illness due to work conditions, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-115/diseas.html

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

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lead-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20354717

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