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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.

Average Cost of Attorneys

Being involved in a lawsuit can be very stressful, emotional, time consuming, and costly. Fortunately for attorneys and their clients, there are ways to work around these obstacles. Some attorneys may agree to work at no charge for their party which can relieve financial burden. Clients may also seek out some sort of funding through a lawsuit loan for example. Good attorneys that are highly qualified can charge high fees for their services. The average cost of an attorney can range from state to state and from case to case. Here is at an average cost of an attorney for a personal injury or worker’s compensation claim.Attorney fees are the amount if costs a client for legal representation. Attorneys can charge these fees in a number of different ways depending on their type of practice or what case they take on. If you are in the process of hiring an attorney, you should always set up a contract ahead of time so there is no question of how the fees are assessed. Most attorneys have contracts for you to sign that clarify how they expect payment. The most common fees are: flat fees, billable hours, contingent fees, pro bono, or retainer fees.If an attorney accepts a case at no charge then he is working pro bono, or for free. A retainer fee generally means you pay for a certain amount of hours and once those hours are worked, additional hours are billed per hour. Contingent fees are when a lawyer accepts a portion, or percentage, of the case in the event it is won. If the case is not won, then the lawyer does not accept any payment, also known as no win no fee. It is not uncommon for some lawsuits to draft up agreements that the loser pays the attorney’s fees for all parties involved.Typically, a lot of worker’s compensation and personal injury claims are paid with contingent fees if the injured person hires representation. The state of Illinois set up a maximum amount that a lawyer can be paid with a contingent fee. In Illinois, the amount that can be charged by your lawyer is 20% of the personal injury recovery. Most workers’ compensation contingent fees are 33% of the personal injury claim recovery. If you are unsure of contingent fees or need to seek legal advice, you can contact an attorney in the state of Illinois such as a Chicago workers compensation attorney.It is best to hire an attorney from the state where the lawsuit is occurring. The law can vary from state to state and you need accurate and knowledgeable representation. Always have an agreed upon fee and sign a contract to ensure accurate payment.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.

Personal Injury Claim Time Limits

A personal injury is a mental or physical injury that is caused by negligence or a harmful act. The most common types of accidents that result in personal injury are: dog bites, automobile accidents, toxic exposure, wrongful death, and aviation disasters to name a few. These types of injuries can result in a lot of pain and suffering which may cause the injured person to take time off of work and/or have high medical bills. Filing a personal injury claim could entitle you to legal benefits such as compensation, or damages. If you are injured and need to file a claim, the state of Illinois has a time limit in which you can do so.A statute of limitations puts a time limit on when you can file a claim for legal matters; including personal injury. The statute established a maximum time after an event, or injury, occurs that you can start a legal process because of the event. There are three types of exceptions in which the statute of limitations does not apply. The three types which are excluded under the statute are heinous crimes, fraud upon the court, and international crimes. If you are filing a personal injury claim in Illinois, there is a time frame allowed for you to file the claim.There are different time frames for the type of claim you are filing such as personal injury, medical malpractice, or products liability actions for example. If you are filing for personal injury, you have two years from the time the injury occurred to file. A wrongful death claim also has time same time frame of two years. If you happen to be claiming medical malpractice, you have two years when the rise to the injury occurred or within two years of the date when you discovered the injury. Minors who have suffered from medical malpractice have eight years to file a claim but cannot file after they are 22 years old. Product liability actions also have a two year time limit from when the injury occurred. If you discover the injury more than two years after it happened, you can still file within two years of the date of the discovery. There is a cap of eight years from the time the injury occurred to file a claim.If you are seriously injured because of negligence or a harmful act you should always seek medical attention. You should also contact an Chicago workers compensation attorney to help you file your claim and represent you in the legal process. Some cases may require you to go to court or fill out paperwork that can be confusing if you do not understand the laws. 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.

The Importance of Client Attorney Communication

The goal of an attorney is to provide advocacy for the legal rights of their client. To obtain this goal, your attorney should be an expert in the field they are practicing. There are other factors for you and your attorney to obtain advocacy to win your legal battle. One of the oldest and most recognized factors of client-attorney privilege is confidential communication. To obtain the most effective goal of your legal battle, there should be open communication between the client and their attorney. An attorney and their client should be able to openly communication with honesty, ease, and safety. This is made possible because of attorney-client privilege. This is imperative for a pending lawsuit because the client needs to make the attorney knowledgeable of the situation by full disclosure without fear of penalties. Having confidential, open communication with your attorney will allow them to better represent you and give effective and persuading arguments on your behalf. The privilege cannot be upheld in certain cases such as tax fraud for example.Having open communication requires effective communication skills from both the client and the attorney. There is a difference between listening, hearing, and speaking to someone. Effective skills will allow for effective communication that can make a difference between winning your pending lawsuit or not. Having good communication is especially important for an attorney because they have to communicate with their clients, staff, partners, a judge, and sometimes a jury. There are certain factors in achieving effective communication.One of the most important factors, if not the most important, is verbal communication. There should be face to face meetings to discuss the pending lawsuit and upcoming trial. Both the client and attorney should not rely on communication through e-mails, faxes, or telephone conferencing. E-mails can be misconstrued and sometimes do not relay the importance or urgency of a message. Verbal communication can be balanced with face to face meetings and telephone conversations.Effective communication also requires listening, and not just hearing. You should pay attention when someone is speaking and reaffirm what they are saying by summarizing what they said. Doing this will ensure that both the attorney and client are on the same page and understand the same message. Sometimes what you hear is not what someone is saying or how they feel. Listening to your client will make them more able to trust you and feel confident in you. When your attorney is talking be sure to listen and not interrupt when they are giving legal advice that is in your best interest.Having an open mind and asking a lot of questions are also important. Asking questions allows for more information gathering which is crucial during a lawsuit. The more information the attorney have will allow them to effectively advocate legal rights for their clients. As a client, you should be prepared when you meet with your attorney. Have your notes and questions written up before you go to a meeting. Likewise, if you have questions during a meeting be sure to ask them or write them down to be addressed at a later time. 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.

Employees Have Rights Too

Both employers and employees have fair and equal rights in the workplace. As an employee, you should educate yourself on the rights you are entitled to that your employer should uphold. A lot of issues can arise in the workplace such as discrimination, harassment, safety, taxes, wages, and wrongful termination. Employment laws have been established to fairly represent an employee when these rights have been violated. An employee should also treat their employer fairly and not take advantage of their rights or the employer/employee relationship.Employees and applicants both have the right to fair treatment in the workplace. An employee must also follow the rules and office procedures placed by their employer. For example, some employers do not allow their staff to check personal e-mail or update personal social networking profiles, such as Facebook or Twitter, while on company time or on a work computer. There is a basic right to privacy, and employers cannot go through someone’s purse, locker, briefcase, and telephone messages or conversations. Rights are limited with e-mail communication and computer usage however, because most companies operate on an Intranet database.All people in the workplace, including employers, employees and applicants, have the right to be free from discrimination and harassment. Discrimination can occur against one’s race, age, or religion. An applicant should be hesitant of a future employer if they are asked to specify any of these on an application. An employer does have the right to perform a background check only if they notify the applicant that they are doing so. If an employee experiences any type of harassment while at work, they should notify their supervisor or boss immediately and report the harassment. If the employer does not respond to the notification, you may need to seek legal action.Another right in the workplace is the right to safety. If you are injured or become ill while on the job, you are allowed to file for a personal injury claim that may result in worker’s compensation. Laws have been set in place for worker’s compensation if an employee is unable to work and needs compensation if injured at work. If you find yourself in a situation where your right to safety has been violated, you can contact a personal injury lawyer to help you file your claim. If you live in a different state, you should contact a lawyer that resides in your state because the law varies from state to state.All employees should be compensated for the work they perform while at a job. Employees’ rights are protected because of federal minimum wage laws. If you are not being paid at least the minimum wage, then your rights are not being met. Also, jobs performed should be compensated unless you are volunteering and are informed ahead of time your job is unpaid. For example, a lot of internships are unpaid. Wages must be paid fairly and on time. You may need to hire a Chicago workers compensation attorney to help file your claim. If you live in a different state, you should contact a lawyer that resides in your state because the law varies from state to state.An employee’s rights should be upheld and respected by their employer. Likewise, an employee should follow all rules set in place by their employer. If you know your rights then you will likely be able to avoid any unlawful situations while at work. If you feel that your rights have been violated then you can contact your supervisor or boss, and if you need legal advice you should not hesitate to contact a lawyer. About the Author: Mitchell Peskin, Chicago workers compensation attorney and managing partner at Millon & Peskin, practices 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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