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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.

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.

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

The legal team at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio wants to assure our clients that we’re here for you during these challenging times. Our attorneys and staff will be working remotely, however, we do not anticipate any interruption in the services and our staff will continue to receive calls during our regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our attorneys will be available to consult with clients via email, phone, and video conference. We encourage you to contact us at 630-574-2288 if you have any questions.





Illinois Truck Driver wins Case against His Employer

July 11th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

A man named Wise worked for the Broadway Express Moving Company as a truck driver.  The job that he was paid to complete had nothing to do with moving materials on and off the truck.  He claimed that he sustained injuries to his back while he helped a customer load some furniture on his truck on January 5th 2012.  He looked for compensation from his company to make up for work he was missing and treatment of the injury he endured.

Wise’s initial assertion was found to be denied by an arbitrator.  The company who employed Wise was not paying him for the work and neither was the customer he was helping.  Without this relationship of work, it is hard to find a case for the application of workers’ compensation benefits.  He was convinced that he was in the right which is why he took his case to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  They were able to find similarities between his case and a previous decision of Sekora v. Industrial Commission.  In that case a car salesman was injured while helping his employer move cars, which is not in the scope of his responsibilities.

Wise’s assistance in moving this material was found to be useful to the company he worked for although it was not in the scope of his responsibilities.  The Commission said that not only did this action of helping this customer increased goodwill, shortened loading time, and ensured the safety of the material being moved.  The Commission uncovered that during Wise’s 21 years of employment at Broadway Express he would often be asked to help people move but had the opportunity to decline.  Whether or not he accepted the task, he would be paid the same to wait for his truck to be filled.  With this information the initial decision was overturned and Wise was awarded his benefits.

Workman’s compensation is an integral part of any employee’s safety net.  Regardless of the cause of your injury, you are entitled to benefits.  When you go to work every day to take care of your family, isn’t it good to know that someone has your welfare in mind.  At the law offices of Francis J. Discipio we are dedicated to being your advocate and securing the benefits that will pay for your hospital bills.  If you or a loved one has experienced an accident at work, please don’t wait to begin the worker’s compensation claim with our help.

Rockford Families’ Train Settlement

October 26th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

On Friday, June 19, 2009, a train with 114 cars, including 74 tankers filled with ethanol, was traveling from Freeport, Illinois to Chicago. As it approached Rockford, Jose Tellez, his wife Zoila and their pregnant daughter were in the family car, stopped at a train crossing on the south side of the railroad tracks behind the lowered gates, waiting for the train to pass.

What happened while they were waiting was tragic.  Eighteen train cars carrying millions of gallons of ethanol derailed near the intersection where the Tellez family waited.  The derailed cars exploded in a fireball that engulfed the unsuspecting family.

All three members of the Tellez family sustained terrible burns as they tried to flee to safety.  Zoila was killed from the burns and the couple’s pregnant daughter, Adriana, lost her baby. Zoila Tellez is survived by her husband Jose; daughters Adriana, 19; Lisette, 17; Cristal, 14; and Elvira, 11.

The derailment was found to be caused by a washed-out portion of track. Before the derailment, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department had informed the Canadian National Railway that the dangerous condition existed.  Twenty minutes before the derailment, the Winnebago County 911 center had phoned the Canadian company at its headquarters in Montreal, Canada and warned officials that a portion of the track, which turned out to be near the derailment, had been washed out.

In documents and witness testimony, it was acknowledged that the engineer of the train had seen adverse conditions on the track ahead but instead of slowing down, the engineer actually sped the train up.  This was found to be a direct cause of the fiery crash.

Due to his negligence and the disregard shown by the Canadian National Railway the Tellez family experienced horrible losses.  The company has settled out of court to the sum of $13.75 million to Adriana Tellez and $22.5 million to Jose.  While these sums of money never replace losing a loved one to a terrible accident, they do help families deal with the burdens that these tragedies cause.  It is important to have an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer in your corner.


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