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Work Related Back Injuries

Individuals who must lift heavy objects or provide manual labor are trained to lift properly. People who work in "average" jobs are not always trained in lifting. Whether you work in construction or provide office support proper lifting technique is essential knowledge in remaining healthy. Causing back strain can be as simple as lifting a ten pound object while twisting. The first thing to know in preventing back injuries is proper lifting and carrying technique. Follow these simple steps to lessen the probability of back strain:1. Create a load you can carryDo not stack items which can slip or slideWhen placing multiple items in a box do notput too many heavy object togetherUse tools like lifting sraps if necessaryAsk for help when something is too heavy2. Get into the right position!Place your feet shoulder width apartIf the object is small enough place one foot behind itand the other next to it3. Get as close as possible to the object you're liftingBend at the knees NOT the waist (in a squatting stance)4. Grip the object firmlyGet your arms around as much of the object as possibleUse your entire hand when gripping5. Stand up smoothlyKeep the object closeUse your legs to lift NOT your backKeep your back as straight as you can6. Do not twist at the waistWhile walking turn your feet and follow with yourentire body (as if you were marching)7. Sit the object down carefullyUse the same squatting stance and straight backas you did when you lifted itIt is also easier to place the object on the highestsurface possible (counter or table rather than floor)This is the best way to prevent back injuries when lifting. Keeping your muscles strong through proper nutrition and exercise is also helpful. If you lift regularly you should focus on your abdominals, leg/thigh muscles, and try back strengthening exercises. Don't overwork your body. Listen to your body's cues and take a break when you need to. Becoming tired and rushing through your work leads to improper lifting and carrying.If you do feel back pain when lifting stop immediately. Tell someone right away and follow your company's procedure for reporting a workplace injury.Be aware of your company's policy prior to needing it! Know how they provide workers' compensation and what steps to take to get your benefits. If your company does not follow through with policy you will need legal representation. Remember, you don't have to work in a manual labor position to end up needing workers' compensation. Just this year in Chicago a medical student found herself in need of benefits. When her needs were not met she contacted a Chicago workers compensation attorney to assist her with attaining workers' compensation. In any work place you should use caution and proper techniques when lifting and know your procedures and rights when it comes to filing for workers' compensation.About the Author: Brooke Haley marketing associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation lawyer that practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury. Millon & Peskin is a General Civil Litigation Practice with the goal of representing the interests of injured workers, throughout all applicable Courts within the State of Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.millonpeskin.com.

Workers’ Compensation in the News

September 11, 2001 is a day that most Americans will never forget. It was a day of tragedy, heroism, and the beginning of a long fight to move forward. Although the tragedy occurred almost nine years ago, the date 9/11 and Ground Zero continues to make headlines. In recent news, there is controversy about building a mosque so close to Ground Zero and whether or not it is an appropriate place for one. There are also headlines about the firefighters and other first responders and workers’ compensation. Advocates are urging the first responders to file for future workers’ compensation before the deadline this September.The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act did not go through in the House of Representatives and advocates of the act are hoping the votes in Congress will push it through. It was created to improve the protection of the first responders at Ground Zero and to amend the current Public Health Service Act. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is related specifically to anyone who responded to the attacks on September 11, 2001, and who may have suffered injuries, illness or even death from their response.What makes this act unique is that it is a form of worker’s compensation, but it also protects the worker in the future. To file for this compensation, you do not have to show any type of symptoms of injury or illness to be eligible. You can file now so that if you do become ill in the future, you will be covered by the compensation. Because of the nature of clean up jobs, some illnesses or injuries can occur years after the initial exposure to chemicals, debris, or other factors. Most workers’ compensation claims have a statute of limitations regarding when they can be filed and a symptom or injury has to be prevalent.Exposure to asbestos and other carcinogens can cause diseases later in life. This is a fear that many first responders worry about. Doctors are seeing more and more cases now, nine years later, of illness and disease from the first responders of 9/11. Ground Zero was certainly filled with ash and other environmental exposures months after the initial attack took place. One man clean filters for six months after the tragedy and now has respiratory problems. He takes medication daily and finds it harder to work and even breathe.To file for the future worker’s compensation, one must file by September 13th of this year and has to have been a first responder or volunteer of 9/11.About the Author: Brooke Haley marketing associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation lawyer that practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury. Millon & Peskin is a General Civil Litigation Practice with the goal of representing the interests of injured workers, throughout all applicable Courts within the State of Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.millonpeskin.com.

The Advantages of Seeking Legal Counsel in Dog Bite Claims

According to a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Out of this staggering number, 1 out of 6 persons bitten suffer injuries that are serious enough to receive medical attention. The statistics are straightforward but they fail to capture the magnitude of pain experienced by victims of a dog attack. Experiencing a dog attack can be one of the most traumatic events to occur in a person’s life often leaving behind severe physical, emotional, and psychological scars. If you or a loved one is ever faced with dealing with a dog attack, it is important for you to know your rights as a victim and how seeking legal counsel can help your case. Dealing with Insurance Companies-Settling matters with an insurance adjuster can prove to be confusing and sometimes the result will not be in the best interest of the victim. If a settlement is reached, the victim runs the risks of receiving a lesser amount than if he or she hired an attorney. Communication-Hiring an experienced attorney to intercede when communication between the injured person and the responsible party is necessary will ensure that the situation is handled professionally and confrontations are avoided. The potential for emotions to run high is great in cases involving pet owners and victims of attacks. Pet owners can often be put on the defensive when an accusation sheds a negative light on their beloved pet just as easily as feelings of anger and fear can affect the actions of the injured person. Injury Assessment-It is unlikely that an injured person will be able to assess their own injuries and accurately determine what he or she deserves in a settlement. While no one can place a price on the pain and suffering sustained in a dog attack, a good attorney will be able to evaluate your case and work to get you the appropriate compensation for your case. Time & Resources-An attorney has the time and resources available to make sure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to your case. Your attorney has can obtain copies of medical evidence, arrange for photographs to be taken of your injuries and investigate the history of the animal in question. Gathering this information can be a daunting task for anyone without the time or legal expertise. An attorney will be able handle these matters swiftly while the injured person can concentrate on healing from their attack. Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Do your part to educate yourself and loved ones on the pet laws of your state and remember the advantages of seeking legal counsel in dog bite claims.About the Author: Brooke Haley marketing associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation attorney that practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury. Millon & Peskin is a General Civil Litigation Practice with the goal of representing the interests of injured workers, throughout all applicable Courts within the State of Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.millonpeskin.com.

Physician Background Checks in Illinois

Whether you are following through on a referral made by a trusted friend or even thumbing through the pages of your insurance network of physicians, choosing a good healthcare provider can often lead many to speculate on the medical history of that doctor before calling to make the first appointment. Since 2008 the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has been aiding its online users in their decisions on choosing the right doctor by providing access to the medical profiles of all doctors licensed to practice in Illinois. Information concerning malpractice judgments or settlements, felony or Class A misdemeanor convictions, disciplinary measures taken by the state or hospitals within the last five years was made readily available to anyone performing a search on the department’s website. However, as of February of 2010, this feature was removed from the site. This window of knowledge has been shut and sealed leaving many outraged citizens questioning their patient rights and looking for alternate sources of information regarding physician histories. Take a look at two common resources that are available before setting off on a full scale investigation into your physician’s past. Commercial WebsitesThe internet offers a range of organizations offering services that are designed to perform doctor “background” checks with just the click of your mouse. Be mindful when choosing this sort of service provider as some may assess a fee to obtain information that may otherwise be free on other nonprofit websites. Medical Associations Nationally recognized medical associations often possess the most reputable and comprehensive information regarding physician histories by offering a well maintained database that includes a doctor’s medical affiliations, awards or certificates and areas of specialty. Many organizations of this nature require that a physician meets a high standard of service, achieved a certain level of skill and has demonstrated the desire to seek on-going training in their area of expertise in order to secure membership and recognition. Choosing a good doctor may require a bit of research on the patient’s part however, the work that goes into finding the best care for you and your family is well worth the time. Taking time to perform a search on the history of your doctor may mean the difference between choosing to receive high quality care from a reputable medical professional or becoming subject to medical malpractice at the hands of someone you trusted. Brooke Haley marketing associate at Millon & Peskin, Chicago workers compensation attorney that practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury. Millon & Peskin is a General Civil Litigation Practice with the goal of representing the interests of injured workers, throughout all applicable Courts within the State of Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.millonpeskin.com.

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