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When Will a Back or Spine Injury Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

July 9th, 2021 at 11:34 am

Workers-Comp-Attorney-Cook-County-minOf the different types of conditions that can affect a person’s ability to work, issues affecting the back and spinal cord can be some of the most debilitating. Back injuries can be very painful, and they can restrict a person’s ability to stand for an extended period of time and pick up or carry objects. In serious cases, a spinal cord injury may lead to paralysis in different parts of the body, which may cause a person to be permanently disabled. People who have suffered back injuries related to their work will want to determine whether they qualify for workers’ compensation, which will allow them to receive benefits that will address their medical expenses and cover some of the income lost due to a disability.

Common Workplace Back and Spine Injuries

Serious back injuries or health conditions that affect the back and spine may include:

  • Slipped or herniated discs – Excessive strain on the back can cause the discs between the vertebrae in the spine to tear or rupture. This can put pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, causing pain and restricting a person’s range of movement.
  • Degenerative disc disease – The discs in the spine can wear down over time, This type of repetitive stress injury can lead to chronic pain and limitations on a person’s ability to perform work-related tasks.
  • Paraplegia or tetraplegia – A serious workplace accident can cause the spinal cord to be damaged or severed. Depending on where a spine injury occurred, a person may suffer partial or complete paralysis affecting their lower limbs or their entire body.
  • Sprains and strains – The muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back may be damaged when a person attempts to lift an object that is too heavy or because of other work-related accidents.

A back or spine injury will be covered by workers’ compensation if it occurred while a person was working or because of the work they have performed. Injuries in workplace accidents, such as a fall from a ladder or scaffold or a motor vehicle collision that took place while a person was driving for work, will qualify for workers’ comp, regardless of whether a worker or their employer was responsible for the accident.

A person may also qualify for benefits if their injuries have built up over time due to the work they performed, such as regularly bending over to pick up heavy items. In these cases, a person will usually need to provide evidence showing that their work-related activities were directly responsible for their injuries.

Contact Our Chicago Workplace Back Injury Attorneys

If you suffered a spine injury in a workplace accident, or if work-related activities have caused you to experience back pain, the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can help you file a workers’ compensation claim. We will work to ensure that your medical treatment will be fully covered and that you can receive the disability benefits you need. Contact our Cook County workplace injury lawyers at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/causes-back-pain

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20377890

 

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

Liability in an Auto Accident while Driving for Work in Illinois

May 14th, 2020 at 8:52 pm

IL accident lawyer, Illinois workers comp lawyerIn Illinois, thousands of employees experience on-the-job related injuries every year. If you were driving a company vehicle for work-related duties and were involved in an auto accident, your employer may be liable for your injuries and the vehicle’s damage.

 What to Do After an Auto Accident

The steps you take following an auto accident can make or break your case. In order to maximize your workers’ compensation benefits you may be able to receive, be sure to do the following after the accident:

  1.   Call 911. Once the police have been notified of the accident, an officer will come to the scene and gather information to write a police report. The officer will talk to everyone that was involved in the accident and make an initial determination of fault. Although the police report may not include everything that happened, it is a good baseline and can be very helpful in the investigation.
  2.   Take care of any injuries. A minor crash may not leave you with life-threatening injuries, but a serious crash could leave you in pain. Avoid moving or trying to tend to your injuries until the paramedics arrive.
  3.   Exchange insurance information with those involved. It is extremely important to get the name, insurance company name, and license plate number of the other driver that was involved.
  4.   Acquire witnesses’ information (if applicable). If anyone witnessed the accident, be sure to get their names, phone number and/or email address so you can re-contact them at a later date to discuss the accident.
  5.   Document evidence. Take pictures of your car, the other car involved, the accident scene, and any other evidence you deem important. If you are injured and unable to move, ask a good Samaritan to do it for you.

After you have left the scene of the accident, it is extremely important to report the accident and any injuries you have sustained to your employer. If you wait too long, you may lose out on the ability to receive workers’ compensation payments.

Workers’ compensation is considered “no-fault.” This means it does not matter if you were at fault for the crash. You qualify for benefits if you were injured while on the job.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we represent those injured in an accident while on the job. If you have suffered an auto accident while driving for work, contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney immediately. Our attorneys are available to chat with clients Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm via email, phone, and video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Source:

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

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