Archives for July 2014

Report: Chicago ranks as the 44th most dangerous city for pedestrians

Chicago is currently seeing more people out and about on its streets, whether it be for working, having fun, or running errands in different areas of the city. However, the rise in walkers has led to an increase in pedestrian accidents in the city. A recent report issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition ranked […]

Illinois appeal court affirms workers’ compensation award for psychological injury

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than four million workers suffer work-related injuries every year in the U.S. Not all occupational injuries, however, are visible. In addition to physical injuries, such as a broken leg or strained back, employees in Illinois, and elsewhere, may also develop psychological injuries, including depression, anxiety and […]

Commuting accidents targeted in new Illinois workers comp legislation

A recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling has led to the development of legislation aimed at more clearly defining when injuries sustained in auto accidents while commuting to work are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. State Supreme Court case The State Journal-Register reported that the Supreme Court of Illinois issued a 6-1 ruling that overturned a […]

Illinois bans drivers from using cell phones

Drivers in Illinois who enjoy speaking on the phone throughout their commute have been faced with a new way of doing things since January 1, 2014. That is the day that lawmakers chose for the official implementation of a new law banning the use of hand-held cell phones, under certain provisions. While 41 states, including […]

Will Illinois lower the legal limit for alcohol consumption?

Although major strides have been made, drunk driving is still a major issue in Illinois, and throughout the U.S. According to a news release by the National Transportation Safety Board, over 173,000 people are injured in alcohol-related crashes each year, and close to 10,000 people are killed. In 2013, the NTSB made several recommendations in […]

Strengthen workers’ compensation claims with thorough documentation

Generally, Illinois employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses may be eligible for benefits under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. These benefits may include coverage of medical and rehabilitative care costs, disability pay and the costs of long-term care needs. Important documentation for workers’ compensation claims In order to help workers receive the benefits they […]

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