Which repetitive injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation in Illinois?

In many job settings, employees perform the same tasks day after day without worrying about eventual injury. Unfortunately, repetitive stress injuries are a real risk for many employees in Illinois, whether they perform manual labor or sedentary work from a desk. Fortunately, under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, these employees can seek workers’ compensation benefits […]

Chicago makes Allstate’s worst drivers list

Many people who commute regularly may question the competence of their fellow drivers. Recently, Allstate Insurance’s annual report on traffic accidents proved that, for drivers in Chicago, these feelings may not be unfounded. According to the report, Chicago is among the cities with the worst drivers, and residents are more likely to be involved in […]

Owner liability in personal injury accidents

Illinois premises liability law states that those who suffer because a home or business owner failed to maintain the conditions of their property may be able to collect money for medical bills, lost wages and possibly pain and suffering. One case, in which the premises liability law was cited, centered on a party that was […]

Truckers often violate driving limits

Commercial truck drivers are often prone to drowsiness on the road due to long hours spent hauling products across the state or country. Federal regulations aimed at increasing safety and decreasing driver drowsiness went into effect in July of 2013. Known as hours-of-service rules, this new regulation provides updated guidelines as to when truck drivers […]

Federal government pushes ignition interlock technology research

In 2012, drunk driving related deaths escalated to over 10,000 deaths, which was the first increase in more than seven years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, lawmakers and automakers in the United States have increased funding on research to develop advanced ignition interlock technology. This technology would prevent anyone […]

Autoimmune diseases and workers’ comp

Autoimmune diseases are a serious problem in the United States. In fact, they are in the top 10 causes of death for women aged 15 to 64, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Although 75 percent of people who get autoimmune diseases are women in this age group, other […]

How workers’ comp payments are determined in Illinois

When an employee receives an injury on the job, he or she is entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and missed wages due to the injury. Under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, injured workers can receive temporary total disability benefits when they are receiving treatment for an injury received at work and are unable […]

Mistakes to avoid when applying for workers’ compensation in Illinois

According to the Workers’ Compensation Commission, 48,296 workers’ compensation cases were decided in Illinois in 2012. Eleven percent of those cases were dismissed with no compensation. In the immediate trauma and aftermath of a workplace injury, many employees make one or more common mistakes when applying for workers’ comp. To cut down on the possible […]

Proposed changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act in Illinois

A new bill proposed to the Illinois House Judiciary Committee in 2013 aims to reform the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act. This new legislation, known as HB 2229, would draw a distinction between emergency medical technicians and firefighters, giving them different levels of workers’ comp protection. Proponents of the bill argue […]

Speed camera legislation presented

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 29 percent of car accidents in the state are caused by speeding. Illinois law currently permits speed cameras in communities with populations over one million. Chicago is the only municipality in Illinois with more than a million residents, which means that drivers outside Chicago’s city limits are not […]

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