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.
As a new machine shop apprentice, you may be unfamiliar with all the dangers that are present in your work environment. There are hazards lurking around every corner that can cause harm to a machinist. From minor cuts to amputations and even blindness, there are very dangerous accidents that could happen to you any time you walk onto the shop floor.
In Illinois, employers are required to purchase workers' compensation insurance to cover their employees in case of a job-related accident or illness. If you have been injured on the job or have contracted an illness due to working conditions, you may be wondering if you will receive workers' compensation benefits.
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?
Chicago has been known for more than a century as an industrious, working-man's city. The number of manufacturing, construction, and foundry jobs present in the area has always earned the area a tough, blue collar image. However, these workplaces often lend themselves to unfortunate, sometimes tragic, accidents.
When a person is injured on the job, they often want to know what will happen if they file for workers’ compensation benefits. At the Law Office of Millon and Peskin, we answer this question for our clients on a regular basis. But another question is: “Why should I file for workers’ compensation benefits?” And unfortunately, often a person with this question will never seek an answer. These are the workers who, for whatever reason, are compelled to “tough it out” when they are injured on the job. Sadly, they are often making a choice that costs them more than they realize.
From January to April, most in the United States are witness to three seasons: winter, spring and tax season. Whether April still has you shoveling snow or mowing your lawn for the first time, in all parts of the country people will be shifting through receipts and mounds of paperwork as the dreaded deadline for filing your taxes looms. Often, we are most thrown when filing for the first time after a new life event. Perhaps you had your first child, retired, changed jobs or lost your job – your tax forms will be different this year. And one of the most confusing life changes comes when you have been injured on the job. While you may be used to filing for your regular income, many are unprepared for how workers’ compensation will affect their taxes. It is helpful, therefore, to understand the current taxing regulations on workers’ compensation income.
Injured workers are often concerned how they will have to prove their injuries are work-related. And the truth is, often employers will attempt to fight workers’ compensation claims by asserting that the injury did not occur in the workplace. A worker who was injured without witnesses present could find their version of the event questioned or doubted. The stress of heavy scrutiny and pressure, combined with the pain and limitations of their injury, can be overwhelming. And as a result, too often a worker will give up on his or her workers’ compensation claim. For such workers, the good news is that a recent court win has shown how effective it can be to fight for your rights.
Every workplace holds some risk of injury or illness. For workers who spend more time in the elements or operating machinery, these risks increase. With harsh environments and the use of powerful equipment come commonly known injuries like heat stroke, crushing, falling or abrasions. Yet, other lesser-known injuries can occur that go unreported and untreated simply because workers are unaware the injury is a result of their job function. One such injury is Raynaud’s Syndrome.