Archives for October 2014

Claiming respiratory disease under workers’ compensation in Illinois

The range of claimable injuries and diseases under workers’ compensation in Illinois is diverse. While injuries with external, immediate effects, such as musculoskeletal injuries, are perhaps the most obvious, diseases with internal, delayed effects, such as respiratory diseases, can be equally devastating and eligible for claims under workers’ compensation law. Like all work-related injuries and […]

Can you collect workers’ compensation on an old injury?

According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the question of whether a worker can collect workers’ compensation for an old injury is one of both time and definition. First, time is a potentially disqualifying condition for workers’ compensation cases in Illinois. Specifically, the amount of time that passes between the occurrence of a workplace-related injury […]

Strain injuries common in dock workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, warehouses are among the most prevalent sites for work-related injuries. Twenty-five percent of these injuries occur at loading docks. Furthermore, 16 percent of injuries occurring at loading docks, in Illinois and across the United States, are strain injuries. Strain injuries are categorized as musculoskeletal disorders, which consist of […]

Can you seek workers’ compensation for an injury that worsens later?

The cumulative effect of injuries incurred by Illinois workers can be unpredictable. In some cases, the effect is immediate and the recovery following treatment is permanent. In other cases, the effect intensifies later or recovery following treatment is only temporary. These latter cases present challenges for recipients of workers’ compensation awarded on the basis of […]

Construction workers face high risk of injury on the job

Construction workers face a high risk of injury relative to other professions. According to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction site accidents are a significant contributor to both fatal and nonfatal injuries for workers in Illinois and across the United States. The risk of injury to construction workers may be evaluated in […]

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