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Pedestrian Accident While on the Job

June 11th, 2020 at 8:47 pm

IL job injury attorneyIllinois is home to some of the busiest cities in the country- Chicago, Cook County, and Rosemont-  putting pedestrians at greater risk. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 319,146 motor vehicle crashes in 2018. Of those 319,146, 4,779 involved a pedestrian. If you were a pedestrian in a motor vehicle crash, it is important to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.

Illinois Pedestrian Laws

Pedestrians and drivers are equally responsible for maintaining traffic safety. However, drivers should always yield the right-of-way when a pedestrian is present, and should not drive unreasonably close to them.

Within the state of Illinois, a driver must stop in any of these situations:

  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, but on the driver’s side of the roadway and there are no traffic lights to direct them.
  • When children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk.
  • When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal.
  • When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk before the traffic light has changed from red to green.
  • When a pedestrian is entering an intersection with a flashing yellow signal.
  • When a pedestrian is entering or leaving the road from a building, alley, driveway, or private road.

The Insurance Company

An injured pedestrian will most likely recover compensation from an auto insurance company following the accident. However, if the accident took place while the pedestrian was on the job, their employer may be responsible to cover damages. Additionally, if the pedestrian suffered a severe injury or death, the pedestrian or his/her family may be able to sue the driver or their auto insurance company.

If You Have Been Hit

If you have been hit by a motor vehicle, it is important to seek out medical attention even if you do not think you have been injured. Either way, you will want to collect the following information:

  • The driver’s name, any and all contact information such as phone number, and/or email address, insurance information, and their license plate number.
  • The witness or witnesses name and contact information.

Additionally, take pictures of anything you deem important that may help your case. These pictures include the driver’s car, any damage on the vehicle, skid marks on the pavement, and injuries you have sustained.

Contact a Chicago Job Injury Attorney Today

Were you or a loved one severely injured while walking or jogging? Contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our legal team will represent you and your case.

 

Sources:

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Resources/Safety/Crash-Reports/crash-facts/2018%20Crash%20Facts.pdf

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/bikepedsafety.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-401

 

Four Tips for Returning to Work After a Job Injury

May 27th, 2020 at 5:38 pm

IL work injury lawyerThe final stage following a work injury can be one of the most difficult. You are feeling better, and ready to return to work, but is your body ready?  Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer to this as it depends on the individual and the severity of the injury. However, research shows that getting back to work can be a critical component of the recovery process.

With so many variables to keep in mind, here are a few tips to ease yourself into returning to work after your injury:

  1.   Listen to your doctor. When it comes to medical issues, the professionals know best. It is important to listen to your doctor to make the most out of your recovery process.
  2.   Document any limitations or restrictions you may have. Regardless of how you may feel, trust your doctor’s orders to avoid overexertion and reinjury. Be sure that your employer understands what you can and cannot handle, and do not be afraid to speak up if a job may be too tough for you to do.
  3.   Promote proper safety and work readiness. Whether you have experienced an injury or not, maintaining property safety measures and work readiness is extremely important. Encourage stretching before lifting heavy equipment, proper lifting techniques, and other wellness tips such as an adequate amount of sleep.
  4.   Do not be afraid to ask for help. Working too hard following an injury can be detrimental to your recovery process. Ask for an extra break throughout your day if necessary, and/or the possibility of an extra hand on the job. No matter how difficult this may be, keeping the line of communication open will prevent future issues from arising.

Recovery is not a “one size fits all.” The key is to find balance, listen to what your body is telling you, and respond accordingly. By utilizing these tips, you will eventually return to normalcy within your personal and professional life.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you believe you are being rushed back to work, or have any questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits, contact a knowledgeable Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our attorneys are available to communicate with you during business hours via phone, email, or video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to arrange your free consultation today.

 

Source:

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

What Back Injuries Qualify for Worker’s Compensation

January 14th, 2020 at 9:31 am

IL workers comp lawyer, Illinois job injury attorneyMost people experience back pain at one time in their lives. At any given time, the American Chiropractic Association estimates that 31 million people are suffering from back pain. Despite this, not all pain is treated equally. Having a hard mattress or scoliosis will not likely result in a workers’ compensation settlement. It is when back pain is caused by a work-related serious injury, that a person can receive monetary benefits.

Workers’ compensation takes care of employees if they are injured and cannot work, or have sustained a permanent disease or illness because of work activities. All eligible employees have the right to apply for workers’ compensation after an injury, and all employers are required to have insurance for such occasions. When benefits are approved, a worker is entitled to financial compensation for lost wages and the cost of medical care associated with the injury.

Back injuries can vary, but there are many that a person can obtain while working. Either as a one-time incident or an injury that has developed over time, these conditions will often qualify an employee for workers’ compensation.

Repetitive Strain: For manual labor workers, a repetitive strain can occur from the overuse of muscles, cold temperatures, vibrating equipment, repetitive motion, and keeping the same position for a long time. A repetitive strain injury can happen anywhere, but general symptoms include loss of strength in the area, tingling, and pain of the affected tissues. There are two types of repetitive strain injuries. The first has to do with swelling and damage of the musculoskeletal, and the second is when nerves are damaged due to the strain.

Herniated Disk: Vertebrae are the bones of the spine, and in between each bone is a cartilaginous disk. These disks act as shock absorbers, but when they are displaced or damaged, they can cause severe pain. A herniated disk can be caused by lifting a heavy object or a traumatic injury to the spine. Surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a herniated or damaged disk. Otherwise, physical therapy and pain medication may be used first. A damaged spinal disk can affect other parts of the body depending on where the injury is and its severity.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Back injuries are serious, but unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims get denied all of the time. Sometimes insurance companies need more information before providing benefits, but if your claim is denied, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/176443.php

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