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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

8 Office Safety Tips for Your Workplace

March 29th, 2018 at 2:07 pm

DuPage County workers compensation attorneys, office safety, office safety tips, workplace injuries, workplace accidentsEvery office is full of hazards that may not be obvious. If you work in an office environment, being aware of office hazards and adhering to these office safety tips can reduce your risk of workplace injuries and keep you and your co-workers safe while at work.

Consider the following eight office safety tips that you should keep in mind whenever you are working:

  1.       Declutter

Keep your office or cubicle organized to avoid clutter. When the floor around you is full of your items, you as well as your co-workers can trip and fall.

  1.       Pay Attention When You are Walking

It can be easy to become distracted while you are walking around the office. You should always pay attention and watch where you are going to avoid running into co-workers.

  1.       Learn How to Use Your Equipment

Office equipment can be difficult to use if you were never taught how to use it properly. Make sure your employer educates you how to use office equipment so that you can reduce your risk of health issues.

  1.       Make Your Health a Top Priority

One of the most effective ways to perform well at work and keep yourself safe is to make your health a top priority. Be sure to eat a nutritious breakfast before work, takes breaks from sitting at your desk, never skip lunch, stay hydrated throughout the day, and avoid coming to the office when you are sick.

  1.       Be Extra Cautious When Walking on Slippery Surfaces

Some offices feature marble flooring and other slippery surfaces. If yours does, you should be extra cautious when walking on it and/or suggest carpets and mats to make the surface safer by providing traction.

  1.       Practice Good Posture

When you are sitting at your desk, practice good posture by sitting up straight and keeping your feet on the floor. Use a footrest if your feet will not touch the floor unless you lean forward. If you are using a keyboard, make sure to keep your wrists straight.

  1.       Be Aware of Emergency Procedures

You should know what to do in the event of a fire, storm, a medical issue, or another emergency that may take place in your office. If you do not, ask your employer.

  1.       Shut All Drawers

If you have file cabinets with fully extended drawers or ones that are open, they can tip over and pose tripping hazards. Always make sure to completely close your drawers when you are not using them.

Contact the DuPage County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you sustain an injury while at work and it was not your fault, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim and recover compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Contact our DuPage County workers’ compensation attorneys to find out whether you have a valid claim.

Source:

http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/recognizing-hidden-dangers-25-steps-to-a-safer-office-2

Older Workers at Risk

November 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, older workers, workplace accidents, workplace injury, older employee injuriesOlder workers are at risk, according to an analysis of federal statistics performed by the Associated Press. While overall workplace accidents have been on the decline in the last few decades, older workers, those aged 55 or older, are more at risk than their younger counterparts. This goes against other typical accidental injury trends, such as traffic collisions, where younger people are at more risk.

If you were injured on the job, regardless of your age, or you developed a chronic injury or illness as a result of the work that you have done for many years, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. To find out more, contact a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today.

Risk Factors of Working into Old Age

The average retirement age has gone up, and is continuing to go up from the old standard of 65 years of age. More workers are having to work, or are enjoying their careers, later into their lives than many past generations, and it is not uncommon for workers to continue on well into their 70s and even 80s.

As our bodies wear down, we become more prone to chronic stress injuries, illnesses, falls, and other accidents. As reported in CBS, getting old and continuing to work “could potentially make a workplace injury into a much more serious injury or a potentially fatal injury,” according to epidemiologist Ken Scott, with the Denver Public Health Department.

Risk factors include the following:

  • Fading vision and depth perception;
  • Hearing loss;
  • Lower bone density;
  • Poor balance;
  • Muscle loss; and
  • Tendon weakness.

However, simply because you were injured as an older employee does not mean that you are any less entitled to workers’ compensation. Whether you threw out your back, broke a leg, or have developed a repetitive motion injury, you deserve to pursue the benefits that your employer owes to you.

As Retirement Age Increases, Employers Must Make Changes to Accommodate Their Employees

These days, roughly 35 percent of fatal workplace accidents involve a worker who is 55 years old or more. Is enough being done to protect workers as they advance in age? Often, older workers are more productive and more skilled than younger, newer workers, but are they being valued as they should?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and reported by the Insurance Journal, the following are accommodations that employers should make to reduce older employee injuries and fatalities:

  • Increase job flexibility, including schedules, tasks, and location;
  • Increase movement and avoid creating a workplace that is sedentary;
  • Mitigate noise, slip and fall hazards, and other physical hazards; and
  • Create an ergonomic work environment.

Call Today for Help

If you were injured at work, we strongly encourage you to contact our passionate Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as you can to receive the benefits that could help get you back on your feet sooner rather than later. Contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today for immediate assistance.

Source:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/deadly-workplace-accidents-hitting-older-workers-higher-rate-ap/

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