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Work Injuries Increase During the Summertime

June 30th, 2020 at 10:19 pm

IL work injury lawyer, Ilinois workers comp attorney, Facing an injury is never easy, even when you have workers’ compensation benefits to count on. According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employees experience more work injuries during the summer months of June, July, and August than any other time of the year. Some risks are weather-related, while others are not. These are the four most common injuries that arise the most during the summer and those the biggest threat to workers.

  1.   Heatstroke. Warm weather and intense physical labor can be a recipe for disaster. Working in the sun and extreme heat can cause the body to shut down. To prevent heatstroke, workers should work close to a shaded area, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks.
  2.   Dehydration. In line with heat stroke, dehydration is another common summer injury. Signs of dehydration include dry skin, headaches, and fatigue. This can be prevented by drinking plenty of water, keeping an extra supply on hand, and having additional employees nearby to remind you to stop and take a drink every 10-15 minutes.
  3.   Falls. Falls occur throughout the year but have been shown to increase in the summer. Proper footwear and harnesses, as well as extreme alertness, are no match against falls, which can cause serious injury or even death. Having routine safety meetings, inspecting and replacing equipment, and acclaiming to the weather can decrease the chance of injury.
  4.   Sprains, strains, and tears. Symptoms of sprains, strains, and tears can vary. Typically, pain and swelling will result, and you may feel off balance. If you believe you have a sprain, strain, or tear, be sure to seek immediate medical attention, as improper treatment may lead to a decrease in range of motion, constant discomfort, and instability.

Aside from these four common summertime injuries, there are many more that pose constant threats to workers. To prevent injury exposure, it is important to take the appropriate safety measures at all times.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

No matter what time of year it is, it is important to contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney if you have suffered a work-related injury. An attorney from the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio can walk you through the entire process, and help you receive the maximum amount of benefits. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation today.

 

Sources:

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

https://www.bls.gov/osmr/research-papers/2013/pdf/st130230.pdf

 

Four Tips for Returning to Work After a Job Injury

May 27th, 2020 at 5:38 pm

IL work injury lawyerThe final stage following a work injury can be one of the most difficult. You are feeling better, and ready to return to work, but is your body ready?  Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer to this as it depends on the individual and the severity of the injury. However, research shows that getting back to work can be a critical component of the recovery process.

With so many variables to keep in mind, here are a few tips to ease yourself into returning to work after your injury:

  1.   Listen to your doctor. When it comes to medical issues, the professionals know best. It is important to listen to your doctor to make the most out of your recovery process.
  2.   Document any limitations or restrictions you may have. Regardless of how you may feel, trust your doctor’s orders to avoid overexertion and reinjury. Be sure that your employer understands what you can and cannot handle, and do not be afraid to speak up if a job may be too tough for you to do.
  3.   Promote proper safety and work readiness. Whether you have experienced an injury or not, maintaining property safety measures and work readiness is extremely important. Encourage stretching before lifting heavy equipment, proper lifting techniques, and other wellness tips such as an adequate amount of sleep.
  4.   Do not be afraid to ask for help. Working too hard following an injury can be detrimental to your recovery process. Ask for an extra break throughout your day if necessary, and/or the possibility of an extra hand on the job. No matter how difficult this may be, keeping the line of communication open will prevent future issues from arising.

Recovery is not a “one size fits all.” The key is to find balance, listen to what your body is telling you, and respond accordingly. By utilizing these tips, you will eventually return to normalcy within your personal and professional life.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you believe you are being rushed back to work, or have any questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits, contact a knowledgeable Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our attorneys are available to communicate with you during business hours via phone, email, or video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to arrange your free consultation today.

 

Source:

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

What to Do When Your Employer Does Not Report Your Injury

April 8th, 2020 at 9:39 pm

IL job injury attorney, IL workers comp lawyerIf you have gotten injured at work, there are certain actions that must be followed for both you and your employer. According to Illinois law, when a worker is injured at work, the company must fill out an incident report and file it with the Department of Labor division within a timely fashion. The faster the incident report is filed, the faster you may receive compensation, and be on your way to recovery.

Unfortunately, your employer may not be as concerned about your health and safety as you are, and may neglect to report your injury.

Possible Reasons for Neglect to Report

  • Insignificant or consistent injuries: A doctor is the only individual who can determine the severity of your injury regardless of what your employer may say. If you have already visited a medical professional regarding your injury, be sure to keep all documentation given to you from your visit(s).
  • Avoid an increase in insurance rates: While your employer may not want to deal with a rise in their premium, reporting a worker-related injury is a legal requirement.
  • Lack of workers’ compensation coverage: Although workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory by law for businesses to have, some employers still ignore that fact and refuse to obtain it. This is illegal, and if caught without it, your employer may face serious consequences.
  • Postponement in reporting your injury: Your employer may tell you that because you did not report your injury to them the day it happened, it is too late to file a claim. While you may have not reported it to them the day of, they would still be able to file.

Know Your Rights

If you have gotten injured while on the job, you have the right to receive medical treatment from a medical professional and to have that treatment covered by workers’ compensation even if your employer refuses to report your injury or tries to sway you from reporting it.

Avoid dealing with the pain of your injury, and the expense of your medical bills, and hire a third party to help you receive compensation.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have sustained an injury at work, but your employer is being uncooperative, let us help. Contact an experienced Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your confidential consultation.

 

Sources:

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

 

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