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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.

 

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

 

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Scarring and Disfigurement

February 26th, 2016 at 6:51 pm

scarring, Chicago Workers' Compensation AttorneyWorkers’ compensation law is designed to protect workers who are hurt while on the job. Many benefits are geared towards replacing lost income from missed work. But, some injuries such as burns and scars leave workers able to complete their jobs, but take a terrible mental toll. These kinds of injuries are known as disfigurement and scarring injuries under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and there are special considerations in getting compensated for them.

Types of Disfigurement and Scarring Injuries

Disfigurement and scarring represent a broad category of injuries under workers’ compensation law. Some of these injuries may totally or partially interfere with the execution of normal job duties, while others may not interfere with the worker’s job at all, but cause significant mental anguish.

Some common types of disfigurement and scarring injuries include:

  • Loss of a finger or toe;
  • Lacerations;
  • Burns;
  • Nerve damage to face;
  • Nerve damage that limits use of limbs;
  • Loss of a limb;
  • Loss of an eye or ear; and
  • Damage to the retina, cornea, or other parts of the eye.

The Claims Process

While there are strict reporting requirements that mandate a worker to report an accident to his or her employer as quickly as possible, a settlement for workers’ compensation benefits when dealing with disfigurement and scarring injuries does not typically take place until at least six months of healing has taken place. The amount of benefits awarded will depend on the location of the disfigurement or scarring, if the injury is permanent, the degree the injury interferes with bodily function, and the part of the body the disfigurement or scarring is located.

Because the law dealing with scarring and disfigurement injuries is complicated, it is important that you have an experienced workers’ compensation helping you negotiate your claim. Even though formal negotiations often do not start until six months after your injury, the sooner you involve a lawyer, the better prepared your case can be when it is time to discuss settlement. If you wait too long to process your claim, you may lose out on the right to get any benefits for your injuries.

Disfigurement and scarring benefits are usually paid out in lump-sum payments. Some cases, however, may require payments to be made over time.

If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you need to understand your rights. You should speak with a skilled and tough Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer right away. Call the Law Offices of Frank J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 to schedule a consultation. You may only have a short time to take action.

 

Sources:

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/handbook020106.pdf

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