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Understanding Common Workplace Injuries for Women

October 12th, 2020 at 10:11 pm

work-injuriesIn general, men suffer the vast majority of workplace injuries and work-related fatalities in a given year. Compared to women, men are injured in much greater numbers, without question. This is largely due to the reality that men generally make up a much larger portion of the workforce that engages in occupations that are commonly considered to be dangerous, such as logging, construction, and mining. However, it is important to realize that women can certainly suffer injuries at work, and, in fact, women are at higher risk than men for specific kinds of injuries.

Overexertion Injuries

If you are a working woman, you may feel pressure in many situations to “keep up” with your male coworkers and colleagues. Depending on the type of job you have, this pressure can be dangerous. For example, trying to match your coworkers’ sales numbers is one thing. Trying to lift or carry more than you can handle safely is another thing entirely. Doing so can cause serious injury to your muscles, back, and joints.

It is important for both men and women to utilize safe lifting techniques. Hand trucks, forklifts, and other tools should be used whenever possible to reduce the risk of overexertion. Additionally, never be afraid to ask a coworker for help lifting bulky or heavy items.

Knee Injuries

Over the last few decades, intense research into the subject has shown that women suffer serious knee injuries at a much higher rate than men do. In particular, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are much more common in women than in men. Clinical research has suggested that characteristics associated with the female body, such as wider hips and lower muscle mass in the legs, combined with hormones such as estrogen combine to contribute to a higher rate of knee problems for women. At work, therefore, women need to be aware of how they move, stand, and lift heavy items, especially if the lifting requires any type of twisting motion.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Certain types of work injuries are more common among women because the injuries themselves are associated with jobs more often held by women. Many administrative workers, including receptionists, secretaries, and medical billers, spend nearly all of their workday at a computer. The repetitive motion or repetitive strain of constant computer use is commonly linked to an increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome and similar injuries. Likewise, hairstylists are often especially susceptible to muscle and joint issues caused by standing all day and bending in awkward ways. When beginning a new job, you should also ask about the possible injury risks so that you can take steps to keep yourself safe.

A Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help

If you were injured at work in Illinois, you are likely eligible to collect benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation program. To learn more about your options, or for help with filing your claim, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3702781/

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/women/default.html

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

What Benefits Can Be Covered By Illinois Workers’ Compensation?

August 17th, 2020 at 9:33 pm

work-injuryMany occupations carry some level of risk of injury or illness for the people who hold them, and the state of Illinois has a workers’ compensation program in place to provide for employees who become ill or injured as a result of their jobs. If you are one of these employees, you can take solace in the fact that relief is available, but when you are already dealing with injuries it can be difficult to understand what your workers’ compensation benefits will cover and how much you can expect to receive.

Payment Included Under Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Illinois workers’ compensation accounts for a range of expenses incurred as a result of your work-related injuries or illness. Depending on the severity and nature of your injuries, you can expect to receive compensation for some or all of the following:

  • Medical expenses: If you are awarded workers’ compensation benefits, your employer should cover any medical expenses that you can prove were necessary as a result of your work-related injury. This may include emergency treatment, surgery, medication, rehabilitation, and long-term care.
  • Lost wages: If your injury or illness prevents you from working for at least three days, this is considered temporary total incapacity, and your employer should make weekly payments for as long as your incapacity lasts. The payment amount is usually two-thirds of your average weekly wages, and it can increase if you have a spouse or children.
  • Mental illness treatment: If you can demonstrate that a work-related incident caused or exacerbated a mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder, workers’ compensation benefits can also cover medication and therapy to treat your condition.
  • Disability: If your injury results in permanent partial or total disability that prevents you from returning to work at all or at full capacity, you are eligible to receive additional weekly compensation until death or throughout the duration of your disability.
  • Scarring and disfigurement: Workers’ compensation may include additional benefits if your injury results in permanent scarring on a visible part of your body, such as your head, neck, arms, or legs.

When a work-related incident causes an employee’s death, eligible benefits may also be paid to the employee’s spouse or dependents to compensate for their loss.

Contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney

When you are suffering from a work-related injury or illness, you should not have to handle the stress of figuring out your workers’ compensation benefits on your own. An experienced attorney can help you gather evidence of your injuries and their causes and build a claim to seek all of the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 for a free consultation with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who will treat you with compassion and respect.

 

Sources:

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

https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/understanding-workers-compensation-benefits

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