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How Do I Claim Workers’ Compensation for a Repetitive Stress Injury?

September 30th, 2020 at 6:24 pm

IL job injury lawyer, IL workers comp attorneySome work-related injuries happen in an instant and change your life immediately, but a significant number only become noticeable over time. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 1.8 million employees each year suffer from a repetitive stress injury related to their work, with carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and lower back and neck injuries being some of the most common. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your repetitive stress injury, but these cases can be especially challenging, and working with a skilled attorney may be your best chance of obtaining relief.

Initiating a Repetitive Stress Injury Claim in Illinois

If you begin to experience persistent pain that affects your day-to-day life and ability to work to your usual standards, you should consider seeking the opinion of a doctor who can diagnose the nature and severity of your injury. Typically, you are required to notify your employer within 45 days of an injury’s occurrence, but with a repetitive stress injury, the date of the occurrence may not be easy to pin down. Your best option to ensure eligibility for compensation is to notify your employer as soon as you have an understanding of the injury and whether it may be work-related.

It is important to keep a record of all medical treatment you receive for your injury, not only to file a workers’ compensation claim in the first place, but also in case the insurance company denies your claim and you have to take legal action to pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. This is not uncommon for repetitive stress injuries, as their slowly progressing nature can make it challenging to prove their cause. If you are having trouble with the insurance company, an attorney can help you gather the evidence you need, including the testimony of medical experts, to establish that your injury is, in fact, work-related.

If your claim is approved, you will likely receive compensation for any medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury, including surgery, medication, and rehabilitation. You may also receive compensation for lost wages from any time you are unable to work at your full capacity due to the injury.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Dealing with insurance companies can be difficult, but you do not have to let that stop you from getting the compensation you need. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio will work with you throughout your workers’ compensation claim to help you achieve a fair resolution. Contact a Cook County workers’ compensation lawyer today at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

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

https://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/pain-management-30/pain-health-news-520/repetitive-stress-injury-rsi-646236.html

Workers’ Comp vs. Personal Injury Claims After an On-the-Job Car Crash

September 16th, 2020 at 10:06 am

crashMany employees, including truck drivers and other delivery drivers, are required to operate a vehicle as a major component of their work. With so much time spent on the road, these employees can be at a greater risk of injury in a car accident. If you have been injured in an accident on the job, you may be unsure of your options for pursuing compensation. The good news is that compensation may be available through both workers’ compensation and a personal injury claim, and your attorney can advise you as to when each is possible.

Obtaining Recovery Through Workers’ Compensation

In Illinois, most employers are required to have a workers’ compensation policy that covers expenses for employees who are injured in the course of their work, regardless of who is at fault. For professional vehicle operators, this means that even if you have been injured in a single-vehicle accident or an accident you caused while driving for work, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. Workers’ compensation can also cover damages from an accident caused by a third-party driver, or work injuries unrelated to driving, such as repetitive stress injuries from the loading of heavy cargo.

Pursuing Additional Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

For any injury sustained on the job, workers’ compensation can cover most damages including medical bills, two-thirds of lost wages, disability, and scarring and disfigurement. However, if your accident was the fault of another driver or a third party and you have suffered severe injuries, you may wish to pursue further compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Holding the other party accountable can result in a settlement or court ruling awarding you compensation for additional lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages from physical and mental distress, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Regardless of who is at fault for your work-related vehicle accident, you should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible who can help you document your injuries, treatment, and expenses in order to file a claim for the most possible compensation. If you plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney can also help you gather evidence to demonstrate the other party’s negligence and liability.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our attorneys have experience with both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, and we understand the processes and strategies that can lead to fair compensation for our clients as efficiently as possible. We can help you identify all parties from which you can seek compensation to assist with your recovery. Contact a Chicago worker’s compensation lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

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

Research Points to Effective Treatment for First Responder PTSD

August 31st, 2020 at 11:56 am

IL workers comp lawyer, IL PTSD attorney, First responders, including police officers, EMTs, and firefighters, experience dangerous, stressful, and traumatic situations on a regular basis during the course of their work, and psychiatric research shows that this comes with a greater risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, some studies indicate a PTSD prevalence of around 30 percent for first responders compared to a rate closer to 10 percent for the general population. Many first responders require mental health treatment for their PTSD, which can often be covered through workers’ compensation benefits.

A Four-Phase Treatment Process for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In a 2018 study published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, researchers examined the effectiveness of a four-phase program for treating PTSD for first responders. The phases are:

  1. Diagnostic assessment: In this phase, mental health professionals seek to understand a patient’s symptoms including nightmares, flashbacks, substance abuse, and trouble sleeping, as well as the patient’s history, concurrent medical conditions, and ability to function. This allows for the development of a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s needs.
  2. Symptom stabilization and skills training: This phase can include inpatient care for patients at risk for self-harm, as well as training in self-care, safety planning, distress tolerance, resilience, and emotional regulation, which can help patients manage the symptoms of PTSD.
  3. Trauma-focused processing: In this phase, patients undergo treatments including cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure, which help them manage their reactions to stimuli associated with their traumatic experiences.
  4. Consolidation and aftercare: In this phase, patients focus on self-assessment and maintenance of their progress, as well as the management of new stressors in their work and the rebuilding of social and work relationships.

The researchers concluded that treatment throughout these phases often leads to positive strides for patients, but that the treatment of PTSD can be an ongoing process that requires long-term maintenance, and sometimes a return to an earlier phase.

Pursuing Compensation for PTSD Treatment

If you are a first responder coping with PTSD, you may find it reassuring to know that treatment is available. However, it is also important to ensure that you can cover the expenses of your treatment through workers’ compensation. An attorney can work with you to obtain testimony from mental health professionals, family members, and friends who can attest to the impact of PTSD on your life and your need for treatment so that you can present a strong case for the full amount you need.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we know how much first responders give of themselves in service to their communities, and we want to help you get the treatment you need to maintain a high quality of life and continue performing your job to the best of your ability. Contact a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer today at 630-574-2288 to request a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6624844/#:~:text=EMDR%20has%20been%20studied%20as,with%20the%20first%2Dresponder%20population.

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