Illinois considers legislation to create Workers’ Compensation Insurance State Fund

Illinois law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance so they can provide benefits to workers who are injured on the job. Currently, employers must choose between self-insuring and taking out a policy through a private insurance company. However, a bill introduced in 2013, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund Act, would create a state […]

Night shifts put police officers at greater risk of injury

Police officers in Chicago face a greater risk of injury than the general public, and research shows police officers are also more likely to experience health problems such as chronic diseases. However, these risks may not be distributed evenly. New research suggests officers who work the night shift are significantly more likely to sustain injuries. […]

Common questions about Illinois workers’ compensation laws

Most employees in Chicago, Illinois, know they have the right to seek compensation if they are injured at work. However, beyond that basic knowledge, many employees know little about the state’s workers’ compensation laws. Most employees, especially those currently facing injuries, can benefit from learning about their rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Coverage […]

OSHA guidelines for the airline industry

The airline industry serves millions of people around the world every year, but little is publicly known about injuries sustained by these workers in work-related accidents, and any changes airlines may be making to increase safety for the workers who provide these services. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides clear instructions and information on […]

Illinois bill seeks to reduce penalty for drunk driving to make roads safer

Motorists in Illinois rely upon other drivers every day to make safety decisions that have the potential to significantly alter their lives. Motorists fail to live up to the expectation of mutual safety when they drive under the infulence.    Despite the clear danger presented by drunk drivers, Illinois lawmakers are seeking to relax the punishments […]

Third-party lawsuits and owner liability in construction accidents

While working on a construction site at an Illinois mall last December, two workers were seriously injured when a wall collapsed. One worker died in the hospital from injuries sustained during the accident. Although the manager of the mall maintained that the worker’s death was just a “tragic accident”, the surviving worker and the family […]

Understanding the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act

Most employees realize that if they are injured on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, many workers don’t comprehend that under Illinois law, they are eligible to receive compensation if their injury or illness develops as a result of continuous employment. These illnesses are often not traceable to one specific event.  […]

Study discovers designated drivers still drink

A designated driver is a person that agrees to abstain from alcohol in order to drive others home at the end of the night. However, research done at the University of Florida recently discovered that more than a third of designated drivers still consume alcohol. Designated drivers still drink In order to come to this […]

Workers’ compensation and depression in Illinois

Depression is a medical disorder that causes persistent sadness and lack of interest. Depression can cause short and long-term emotional and physical problems. Typically, people suffering from depression find it difficult to go about their regular daily activities and may even feel like life is not worth living. Depression’s impact on workers Although no one […]

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