Archives for April 2014

The differences between 18-wheelers and passenger vehicles

An 18-wheeler truck is a formidable vehicle. Designed to transport large amounts of freight, the 18-wheeler takes special skills to maneuver. It also demands a certain amount of caution from nearby passenger vehicles. Drivers of cars, motorcycles and scooters are often unaware of the challenges inherent in truck driving, and they do not always give […]

Health care workers and the risk of HIV exposure

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a disease that spreads throughout the body’s fluids, like blood and breast milk, and affects the cells that make up the human immune system. Over time, this virus can destroy so many of the body’s cells that it becomes incapable of fighting off diseases and illnesses. When this occurs, the HIV […]

The unpredictability of a head injury in Illinois

According to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately 5.3 million Americans, or 2 percent of the population, currently live with disabilities resulting from a head injury. These injuries are extremely unpredictable in terms of effects and recovery and occur when the scalp, skull or brain is hurt due to inflicted trauma. While some head injuries may […]

Understanding the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act

Most employees realize that if they are injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, many workers don’t comprehend that under Illinois law, they are eligible to receive compensation if their injury or illness develops as a result of continuous employment. These illnesses are often not traceable to one specific event.  […]

Study discovers designated drivers still drink

A designated driver is a person that agrees to abstain from alcohol in order to drive others home at the end of the night. However, research done at the University of Florida recently discovered that more than a third of designated drivers still consume alcohol. Designated drivers still drink In order to come to this […]

Workers’ compensation and depression in Illinois

Depression is a medical disorder that causes persistent sadness and lack of interest. Depression can cause short and long-term emotional and physical problems. Typically, people suffering from depression find it difficult to go about their regular daily activities and may even feel like life is not worth living. Depression’s impact on workers Although no one […]

Workers’ Compensation Reform Update for Illinois Workers

Just over two years ago, Governor Pat Quinn signed into effect the most extensive overhaul of workers’ compensation Illinois legislation in decades. According to the governor, the new rules would significantly reduce fees that doctors and hospitals charge for treating workers injured on the job or suffering job-related illnesses—leading to lower insurance premiums for employers. […]

What You Need To Know About Light Duty and Temporary Total Disability Payments

The Illinois Workers’Compensation Act states that injured workers are entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation during the period they are temporarily unable to perform any work because of an injury or disease sustained on the job. TTD ensures you have the financial resources to maintain your household until you can return to work. In […]

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Social Security, Child Support and Pre-Existing Conditions

If an Illinois on-the-job injury makes it impossible for you to work or has worsened your quality of your life, your employer may have offered workers’ compensation benefits. Before accepting it, you need to understand how workers’ compensation payments may affect other benefits you’re receiving. How Workers’ Compensation Benefits Impact Social Security Benefits Laws have […]

Making These Mistakes Can Destroy Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you get injured on the job or suffer exposure that causes an illness, it is easy to become confused about how to proceed when filing an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. If you unknowingly act, or fail to act, in a manner that can jeopardize your Illinois workers’ compensation claim, you may be denied the […]

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