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Drowning death appears to have been a work-related accident

Sometimes, the life of a worker in Illinois or another state is lost when nobody is nearby to either help the victim or provide information about the circumstances that caused the death. In some cases, it is not even clear whether a work\-related accident caused the fatality. Although investigators will work to find the answers, the situation may cause additional traumatic for loved ones looking for explanations about what happened.

Work accident kills worker who was also part-time performer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the death of a paving company worker in Illinois. This fatal work accident touched the whole community because the deceased man, particularly due to the man's side gig moonlighting as a singer of old-time favorites in local venues. An official coroner's report is pending.

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.

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.

Asbestos exposure can cause high medical bills and lost wages

Asbestos consists of strong heat-resistant fibers, and it was widely used in the manufacture of building materials before the potential dangers were identified. Along with its use as fire retardant and insulation, asbestos was also present in roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceiling tiles and more. Illinois workers who are involved in renovation projects often face asbestos hazards that could lead to high medical bills and lost wages. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to lung disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other life-altering conditions.

What if an Illinois workers' compensation claim is disputed?

Obtaining workers' compensation benefits after suffering an illness or injury on the job can be a very long and often frustrating process. One the ways to protect yourself and have the claim resolved is to seek legal counsel from an attorney experienced with handling workers' compensation claims.

Injured IL worker unsuccessful in holding railroad liable for major injury, P.2

In our previous post, we began looking at a workplace injury case involving a worker whose legs were amputated due to an accident on a railroad bridge scrap job. As we noted, before the case went to the Supreme Court, it was ruled that the case should go back to trial so that a jury could determine whether the railroad retained any control over the scrap job. If so, it was ruled, the railroad could be held liable for the worker’s injuries.

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