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Falls: Safety harness saves worker in scaffold collapse

While safety harnesses could be life-saving devices, they could be dangerous under certain circumstances. Falls from heights are high on the list of frequently reported workplace accidents in Illinois and other states. When a safety harness arrests a fall, leaving the victim suspended for too long can have devastating consequences.

Injured Illinois workers have a right to choice of doctor

If you are an employee in Illinois, you may feel comfortable knowing that workers' compensation insurance will provide benefits in the event of you suffer injuries in a workplace accident. However, when you file a workers' compensation claim, you might not have a say in the choice of doctor. Your employer may send you to a company-appointed doctor that might look after the interests of the business and not yours. In some cases, the doctor declares the injured employee fit for work long before recovery is complete.

Fatal work injury leads to claim filed in federal court

In Illinois, workers are typically prohibited from filing lawsuits against their employers after they suffer injuries in job-related accidents. However, workers' compensation benefits are usually available. In circumstances where an employer's gross negligence caused or materially contributed to a work injury, or the injury resulted from the negligence of a third party, grounds may exist for a separate civil claim. After losing her husband to a fatal work injury, a woman in another state filed a claim for damages in federal court. She named as many as nine defendants, including the employer and two Illinois companies -- a crane manufacturer and a lift truck supplier.

Benefit claim after workplace injury subject to time limit

Illinois workers are entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits if they are injured in workplace accidents. However, there are specific timelines by which certain steps must be taken to ensure eligibility for benefits after a workplace injury. The first and obvious step is to seek medical attention. Then, keeping in mind that the medical bills and lost wages will soon cause financial difficulties, the following steps must follow as soon as possible.

When are disability benefits available through workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is a critical resource for workers who are injured on the job. Workers' compensation benefits include not only medical benefits, but also vocational rehabilitation and maintenance benefits, death/survivors' benefits, and disability benefits.

Chicago Bears fight to cap workers' compensation benefits at 35

While workplace injuries are prevalent in most industries, those suffered by professional athletes may sometimes be overlooked. Currently, a proposed bill in the Illinois legislature concerning caps on workers' compensation benefits has garnered the attention of a number of sports entities. The NFL Players Association wants no cap on comp benefits, while the Chicago Bears and other sports franchises in Chicago seek to limit the number of years for which injured players can receive the benefits. Disabled workers in other employment scenarios are entitled to benefits until the age of 67.

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