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What Jobs Are at Risk of Occupational Diseases in Illinois?

August 4th, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Occupational-Risk-Attorney-Oak_BrookWork-related injuries are common in Illinois and throughout the U.S., especially for employees who perform extensive physical labor or who work with heavy machinery and equipment. Thanks to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, many injured workers qualify for benefits that cover their medical care and some of their lost wages. Employees who develop or contract a disease or illness in the course of their work may also be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, though these cases are often more complicated.

Occupations With High Incidences of Work-Related Illness

Occupational diseases tend to develop after prolonged and repeated exposure to a hazardous condition, rather than a one-time event. Some occupations in which occupational diseases are more common include:

  • Construction and manufacturing – Workers in these occupations may be exposed to a variety of risks, including hazardous materials like asbestos, chemicals used in the manufacturing process, and dangerous particles in the air. These hazards can lead to skin diseases, respiratory conditions, and certain types of cancer.
  • Firefighting – Firefighters are at risk of respiratory conditions due to smoke and ash inhalation.
  • Mining – Workers in the mining industry, especially coal miners, are also exposed to the risk of respiratory disease from the inhalation of harmful particles.
  • Agriculture – Farm workers may develop lung conditions from inhaling grain dust and other particles, or other diseases due to exposure to chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Health care – Doctors, nurses, EMTs, and other health care providers may be exposed to infectious airborne or bloodborne pathogens that may cause diseases like COVID-19, hepatitis, and AIDS.

Recovering Compensation

According to Illinois law, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you have a work-related disease or illness. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate that your condition meets certain criteria. Namely, the disease must have arisen in the course of your work, or have been aggravated by your work to the point of disablement. Generally, this means you will need to establish a causal connection between some hazard present in your work and the specific condition you have contracted or developed.

 

It is often beneficial to hire an attorney for a workers’ compensation claim involving an occupational illness. A lawyer can help you take the necessary steps to pursue benefits as soon as you become aware of the condition, as well as gather evidence of the connection between your work and the disease. Occupational illness claims are commonly denied, and if this happens to you, your attorney can help you appeal the denial.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Comp Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we know how important it is to get the care and treatment you need for an occupational disease. We can work with you to file and pursue a claim for workers’ compensation benefits that make this possible. Call us today at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation with a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney.

 

Sources:

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1000.html

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshdef.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-115/diseas.html

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2431&ChapterID=68

 

 

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

What Rights Do I Have after an Accident at Work?

August 15th, 2019 at 9:22 am

IL workers comp attorney, Illinois job injury lawyerGetting hurt in any instance can be a tough time for anyone. However, getting injured from an accident at work comes with benefits opposed to obtaining an injury at home or a public place. Unless you are able to file a personal injury claim in one of these cases, there is no protection from the inability to work after an accident. When you are injured at work, there are workers’ compensation laws in place to ensure lost wages and medical bills are covered in the event of an accident.

What Is Workers’ Compensation? 

Workers’ compensation is insurance required by most employers in the state of Illinois. It covers any misfortune an employee faces if they are injured while on the job. If you are unable to return to work, workers’ compensation will provide assistance for lost wages and any medical bills occurred because of the workplace injury.

It is your legal right to file for workers’ compensation after an injury at work. Although the right to file does not guarantee a payout or compensation, your employer cannot swindle you into not filing or threaten your employment. The first step is to notify your employer about the accident, and they will be the one to file for workers’ compensation on your behalf. This must be done as soon as possible, or delaying notifying your employer may affect your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

After getting injured at work, you also have the right to seek medical help. Seeing a doctor after an injury will improve your case when filing for workers’ compensation. The doctor will be able to report on the severity of the injury and whether you can return to work. Like notifying your employer, it is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Delaying seeing a doctor after a workplace injury risks your employer’s insurance company from claiming the injuries presented are unrelated to the claim.

During the entire workers’ compensation process, you have the right to be represented by an attorney. A lawyer will be able to guide you through the process after filing for workers’ compensation and will be able to advocate on your behalf if your rights are being denied.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

There are many obstacles an employee can face after being injured at work. If an employer stands in the way of your right to file for benefits, or if you believe your claim was denied for the wrong reasons, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Source:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Pages/default.aspx

 

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