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Historic Tragedies and Workers’ Compensation

December 15th, 2019 at 11:18 am

IL workers compensation lawyer, IL job injury attorney, Historic Tragedies that Formed Workers’ CompensationAs a society, we create laws and regulations to prevent tragedies from happening again and develop protocols if they do. For example, after a child’s tragic death, legislation may be passed on a state level concerning the situation that took their life such as David’s law in Texas or Kelsey’s law in Illinois. The first workers’ compensation laws took place in 1911 after a series of accidents in the United States that took the lives of hundreds of workers. These accidents helped to form the government program to assist employees after injury or death in the workplace.

Today, most employers in Illinois are required to have workers’ compensation insurance and all employees have the right to file a claim after a work accident. Workers’ compensation provides benefits if an employee cannot return to work, such as lost wage payments and no-cost medical care. For jobs with heavy labor or emotional toll such as a construction worker or first responder, worker’s compensation is critical to the health of an employee after work-related accidents. Factory workers and coal miners in the following accidents lead to the current workers’ compensation laws that benefit modern workers.

Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909: The coal industry was notorious for injuries and deaths of workers in the early 20th century. Despite the mine, located in Cherry, Illinois, is one of the most advanced at its time, a fire started on the 13th day of December took the lives of 259 workers. Some of these minors were as young as 10 years old. The fire left women and families without financial support. The mine owner was charged fees for child labor and was ordered to supply families of lost loved ones $1,800.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911: Neglected safety featured from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City caused the deaths of 147 workers. The factory only one functional elevator that brought workers to the main floor. On March 25, a fire started with 600 workers in the factory. The masses loaded into the singular elevator, which after four trips, broke. Other workers jumped to their deaths in an attempt to escape or burned alive. The families were only paid $75 for each death.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The occurrences of accidents in the workplace are not new, but today there are benefits and protections for workers. If you have been involved in a workplace accident that has left you injured and unable to return to work, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today to discuss your options. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Pages/faq.aspx#history

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/79802/1909-cherry-mine-disaster

https://www.history.com/topics/early-20th-century-us/triangle-shirtwaist-fire

Illinois Workers’ Comp Updates

October 7th, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Illinois workers compensation attorney, worker protection, Since the early 1990’s, there have been state-specific legislations proposed to protect the rights of workers and for the workers to be compensated for their injuries and or fatalities.

Over the years, the state of Illinois has updated and changed regulations regarding workers’ compensation. The number of dangerous jobs has lessened, which means that not as many workers are likely to get injured on the job. This year’s statistics reveal that progress is being made. Listed below are the top four Illinois workers’ comp updates of 2016.

Costs Per Claim Have Dropped

Costs have been high for a number of years. Studies show that medical and indemnity costs per claim were 39 percent higher than the mean in 17 states. However, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, more recent studies show that the percent is half of what it was, now sitting around 19 percent. In other words, a few years back Illinois costs were ranking third highest of 17 states and recently have dropped to sixth highest.

Moving in a Different Direction 

The changes that are occurring for Illinois workers’ comp are not going to happen overnight. Yes, the costs still remain above average. However, the numbers are changing and are expected to continue into 2017.

Change Is Being Talked About

There have been many people in power that have spoken in Illinois who have not forgotten about the high costs of worker’s comp. In an interview with The State-Journal Register, Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA) President and CEO Greg Baise said changes to workers’ compensation which focus on the area of causation, as well as medical rates that are higher in Illinois than other states, still need to be made. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has stated in the past that he agrees that “changes in the budget regarding Illinois workers’’ comp need to be made.

The Next Steps

There are still a few months left in 2016, which means there still is time for more updates to be made for workers’ comp in Illinois. Reform has been talked about for a while now and it appears that there is a common agreement that workers and employers must reach an agreement that applies specifically to their situations.

If you have been denied or offered too little for your injuries or illness in the state of Illinois, contact a skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288.

 

Sources:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160421/BLOGS02/160429942/illinois-makes-big-progress-cutting-workers-comp-costs-study-says

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20160927/ima-says-workers-comp-reform-broader-sales-tax-base-will-help-manufacturing-jobs

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