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A Dirty Work Environment Could Increase Explosion Risk

June 30th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

explosion, workers' compensation, Chicago lawyer, Illinois workers' compensation attorneyWhen many people think of hazardous working conditions, the first things that come to mind are the careers of law enforcement, firemen, members of the armed forces and construction workers. Many think of common dangers in these career paths that can cause injury.

As reported by Mother Jones, the hazardous condition that employees faced at Hoeganaes Corporation was a dirty work environment, which caused several explosions. Dangerous explosions can lead to workers’ compensation claims.

The company is a metal powder plant that provides the iron powder to vendors such as car part makers. According to several earlier reports, employees have complained about the hazardous coating of powder covering surfaces all over the plant. Workers have even reported that they had become accustomed to putting out small fires quite frequently with extinguishers and even their gloved hands. This inattentiveness to previous warnings ended with an accident where a worker was engulfed in flames. According to Mother Jones, he was burned over 95 percent of his body, and died in the hospital two days later.

While many jobs that have hazards involved, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide the employee with a safe place to work as well as the knowledge and tools to do their job safely. When the employer does not provide a clean workplace or does not heed warnings, this can result in injury to the workers. This is the basis of many workers’ compensation claims.

It seems that it would be a clear cut case and the worker would be justly compensated for injuries. However, this is not always the case. You have to be able to prove that you did everything right and that you do not share in any of the negligence when it comes to your injury. You will also have to go through medical testing and examination. This can be a scary and stressful process, but a necessary one to receive the money that you deserve. You have a better chance of winning your case with the assistance of an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer.

Case Highlights Light-Duty Work Notification Requirements

May 31st, 2014 at 3:02 pm

workers comp, workers' compensation, Illinois employee lawyer, Illinois attorneyIn the recent Marion v. Select Staffing case, an arbitrator’s temporary total disability award was decreased from 144 weeks to 111 weeks. This change happened when the claimant was released to light-duty work and failed to contact the defendant about whether she could return to work in a position that met her restrictions. Light duty work is an important factor to be informed about in workers’ compensation cases.

The ruling of this case has important implications for employees that are released to light duty work. When this particular employee did not contact her employer about whether she could return to work with new restrictions, her temporary total disability benefits were terminated. When the claimant was release to light-duty work in 2012, nearly a year and a half after her employment was terminated with the company, the employee did not contact her former employer about whether she could be re-hired in a position fitting her restrictions. During the arbitration proceedings in which she received 144 weeks of temporary total disability, the claimant stated that she was working part time.

An evaluation of the evidence resulted in a decision that her temporary total disability benefits should have been terminated shortly before the employee was terminated from the company herself. If you are involved in a current workers’ compensation claim, it’s critical that you work with your attorney to determine your responsibilities in the case. Failing to comply with requirements can result in lost benefits for your case, so it’s important that you are aware of all necessary paperwork, guidelines, and any other details that may be pertinent to your case and benefit eligibility.

If you have been injured on the job, your first step should be to hire an experienced attorney who can help guide you through your claim. Contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today.

What if You Suffer a Mild Brain Injury at Work

March 24th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

brain injury, mild brain injury, head, lawyer, attorney, injury, workers compensation

Most jobs have some chance of injury. It may be a construction job with big, heavy machinery, a restaurant job with slippery kitchen floors and hot surfaces, or an office job that may involve heavy boxes or repetitive stress injury. When you are injured at work, it is important to protect your own health by taking time to recover, but also to protect yourself financially by requesting workers’ compensation benefits.

One injury that can occur at work is a mild brain injury. A mild brain injury is defined as “any brain trauma that is the result of a blunt hit, that is mild in force” by the Brain Association of America. If you have been struck by machinery or if you have even fallen and hit your head at work, be sure to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis of your injury.

Early symptoms of a mild brain injury include the following:

  • Headaches;
  • Dizziness or vertigo;
  • A lack of awareness to one’s own surroundings;
  • Nausea;
  • Memory dysfunction, usually short term involving the trauma;
  • Vomiting.

After hitting your head, even if you  do not suffer these symptoms, there is no guarantee that you have not suffered from a mild brain injury. Other symptoms may arise later in time such as:

  • Persistent, but not severe, headache;
  • Feeling light-headed;
  • Inability to pay attention or concentrate;
  • Ringing in one’s ears;
  • Excessive or easy to feel fatigued;
  • Intolerance to loud noises;
  • Intolerance of bright light, including the sun, or difficulty focusing one’s vision;
  • Anxiety or depressed mood  that was not previously present;
  • Irritability or a low tolerance to become frustrated .

If you have chosen not to receive immediate medical attention, but you have noticed these symptoms after suffering a head trauma, you should seek medical help. If you have missed work due to symptoms or you have had medical expenses due to the trauma, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact the Law Office of Francis J Discipio for assistance in seeking your compensation benefits today. Workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to help in a Cook County court.

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