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October 2016 Archives

Temporary total disability benefits in Illinois: a brief look at workers’ rights

In our last post, we looked briefly at a recent report which found that the average time Illinois workers take off when they are injured is greater than in surrounding states, and that this may be due to the way the workers’ compensation system in Illinois is set up. Regardless of the reasons, injured workers do have rights and employers are required to honor these rights.

Report: injured workers in Illinois take more time off

When an individual is injured on the job, it is critical for that person to receive the medical care he or she needs and to be allowed time to recover. Employers, always concerned about the costs of workplace injury on employee productivity, are keen to get injured workers back into the workplace. The time it takes an injured worker to recover, though, does not always allow for a quick return to work.

Can I choose a doctor if I am injured at work in Illinois?

Getting injured on the job is something no one expects or feels fully prepared for. Not only are you dealing with your workers' compensation claim, but you want to focus on your health and recovering from your injuries. You want a doctor who you are sure will have your best interests in mind, and one who won't send you back to work before you are physically able and ready to return to work. Does Illinois workers' compensation law allow you to choose your own doctor if you are injured at work?

Failure to provide fall protection a common cause of construction site accidents

Last month, a construction worker died after falling from the third floor of a building in the Wicker Park neighborhood where he had been working on a construction project. The 54-year-old was later taken to the hospital, where he died from injuries. His death was ruled to be an accident, though some cases of construction site falls are not merely accidental. In some cases, construction falls are directly attributable to an employer’s failure to secure the premises to prevent worker falls.

Suing a third party for a workplace injury: a look at subrogation

In our last couple posts, we’ve been looking at the exclusive remedy doctrine as it applies to workers’ compensation benefits here in Illinois. We’ve looked at several recognized exceptions to the rule, including intentional conduct; dual capacity; and retaliatory discharge. Here, we wanted to mention an additional possibility for recovery that should be kept in mind by those who are injured on the job.

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