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 […]

Heat stroke is a real concern for outdoor workers

Exposure to excessive heat is a serious danger for people who work outdoors. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 423 American workers died from heat illness during the years 1992 through 2006. The combination of hot weather, heavy protective clothing, hard physical labor, and bulky equipment can make some professions such […]

Illinois workers’ compensation: What are the rules relating to prescription drugs or alcohol?

In Illinois, there are situations when workers may consume alcohol or be on prescription medications while on the job. Employees in the beer industry, for example, may taste alcohol in the course of performing their job duties. Likewise, other workers may be taking prescription drugs during the workday at the direction of a physician. In […]

Employers who fail to provide workers’ compensation benefits could be charged with a crime

Ever since Illinois passed its first workers’ compensation law in 1911, employers have been required to provide financial assistance to workers who suffer an injury or illness on the job. The workers’ compensation system is still a crucially important part of the state’s economy a century later. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, injured […]

Seeking help through the Illinois Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund

According to the Illinois Department of Labor, more than 150,000 workers in the state experienced on-the-job injuries in 2013. Every injured worker has the right to claim full compensation for all hours of work lost and all medical expenses incurred. Unfortunately, some employers may not have sufficient insurance to cover the needs of their injured […]

Work zone workers’ fatalities rise every year

A highway work zone can be an extremely dangerous workplace. Statistics compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health show a steady increase in the number of fatalities at road construction sites between 2008 and 2012. Over 30 Illinois employees were killed in work zones in 2012, and the number continues to rise. […]

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