NFL Players Attempt to Block Workers’ Comp Bill

Due to a possible bill in Illinois that has the potential to reduce benefits for professional athletes who sustain an injury during a game, professional athletes are urging others not to sign with the Chicago Bears. The NFL players union is spearheading this action, seeking to protect injured players. Current Law in Illinois Illinois has […]

What Happens to Your Social Security Benefits If You Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Case?

When a person settles a workers’ compensation case for a lump sum, that impacts their Social Security benefits because the two can offset one another. To minimize the impact, he or she should contact a workers’ compensation attorney to make sure that the prorating is as favorable as possible. A person can receive Social Security […]

Overheating Still A Concern As Temperatures Drop

Heat related illnesses are responsible for thousands of injuries across America every year, and may be a contributing factor in a worker’s death. Despite lower outdoor temperatures, hotspots in the workplace can still cause heat related injuries that necessitate a workers comp attorney. Types Of Heat Related Injuries There are five different conditions a worker […]

OSHA Changes to Enhance Worker Safety

In an effort to enhance safety in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made numerous changes that will affect penalties and deadlines, record keeping and reporting, program management guidelines and hazard reduction standards. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were nearly 3 million […]

Illinois Ranks Sixth in the Nation for Mesothelioma Deaths

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 3,000 individuals will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year alone. Alarmingly, a significant number of those victims are residents from Illinois who were exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment. In fact, the CDC has ranked the state of Illinois sixth […]

When “Safe” Equipment Isn’t so Innocuous

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that office equipment is responsible for 75,000 on-the-job injuries each and every year. These injuries range from strains and sprains, to burns and broken bones. Whether from falling, or from malfunction, these injuries pose a real risk that many office workers hardly consider until they find themselves […]

Governor Rauner Targets Workers Compensation Reform With “Turnaround Agenda”

Workers compensation reform is a hot button topic for states around the country. Businesses blame strict liability statutes for high insurance premiums, and claim workers compensation drains them of the capital needed to expand or create new jobs. Employers believe limiting their exposure will fuel rapid growth and bring jobs back to the state.

How Common are Food Slicer and Grinding Injuries?

A typical hospital emergency room might not see food preparation injuries on a daily basis. When they do occur, these injuries can be severe and disabling. Meat grinding and food slicer mishaps are common enough that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mounted an ongoing campaign to draw awareness to the problem. The OSHA Fact Sheet: […]

Is Workers Compensation the Only Option for Injured Workers in Illinois?

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), an alarming 4,679 American workers lost their lives due to work related injuries in 2014. While that number is a significant improvement from the 14,000 work related fatalities seen 43 years ago, before OSHA was created, there is still a lot of improvement to be made. […]

Can Employees with Pre-Existing Conditions Still Receive Workers Comp Benefits in Illinois?

The recent debate over budget concerns in Illinois is keeping workers’ compensation reform in the news. This leaves Chicago employees suffering from injuries that were aggravated by activities in the workplace wondering if their workers’ compensation claims will be covered. In many cases in Illinois, workers can receive benefits if a pre-existing condition is aggravated. […]

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