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January 2014 Archives

Victory in work comp case comes down to a matter of inches

It is not often that a case involving a dispute over workers' compensation benefits makes national headlines, but a recent case out of New Jersey in which an injured worker literally prevailed by a matter of inches has people all over the country talking.

Was building collapse a work-related injury waiting to happen?

Illinois readers may have heard about a collapse at an out-of-state industrial building has left investigators for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with conflicting witness reports. At present, no one is sure whether the collapse sounded like an explosion, or there was an explosion before the building came down. It appears that, either way, it was a work-related injury waiting to happen.

When the cold hits, outdoor workers need to be ready

As strange as it might seem, many people here in the Chicagoland area were more than likely grateful to step out of their front doors this morning into temperatures in the 20s. That's because the horror of last week's polar vortex -- the mass of arctic air that plunged southward into the central and eastern U.S. -- is still fresh in their minds.

Proposed law would deny work comp for non-work crashes

Over the next few months, the legislative agenda here in the state of Illinois will slowly begin to take shape and lawmakers will once gear again up for multiple rounds of spirited debate. In fact, one of the issues that lawmakers might end up debating is the possibility of a new limit on workers' compensation.

One worker dead and another injured in construction accident

One man is dead and another injured after being hit by falling concrete at a demolition site in Vernon Hills. The 25-year-old Palos Park man died of crush injuries, including internal bleeding and a crushed pelvis, at Advocate Condell Medical Center. He was reportedly working to remove a layer of brick from an outer wall. The concrete pieces appear to have fallen from the roof line of the building.

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