If an Illinois worker suffers injury on the job, he or she may report the incident to his or her employer and file a claim to collect benefits to help pay medical expenses, replace lost wages or help alleviate other costs associated with the injury. It's common to think of physical workplace injuries, such as burns or broken bones that may be suffered in a sudden accident. There are also occupational injuries, such as repetitive strains that develop over time and can cause partial or full, permanent disabilities.
Many Illinois jobs are inherently dangerous, such as construction or railroad work, as well as many times of factory jobs and public service duties. People employed in these industries are at risk for workplace injuries. However, it is one thing for a complete mishap to occur and quite another for an employer's negligence to cause a worker to suffer injury.
While driving through Illinois and other states, it is common to see construction zones along the highway at any time of the day or night, especially during the summer. Road work often creates traffic jams, which causes some motorists to become impatient and angry. When these drivers try to take matters into their own hands to get around the traffic, instead of following the directions of the flaggers posted at the sites, it can result in workplace injuries.
Demolition work is inherently dangerous and most Illinois workers who earn their livings in the destruction industry understand the risks involved. However, their employers are obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment to lower their injury risks as much as possible. A project manager in another state suffered serious workplace injuries when a building blast went wrong and debris blew clear across the road.
Sometimes, after a work-related injury, it is tough to resume job duties. Imagine that you suffered an injury while working in a machine shop. The injury did damage to your hand, limiting your ability to perform the same duties you had before the accident. To return to work, you will have to learn a new skill. This is where vocational rehabilitation comes into play.
Workers' compensation helps you get back on your feet and assists in obtaining the medical care you need at no cost to you. Here are four facts about workers' compensation claims that you need to know.
Anyone whose job requires them to work in loud conditions knows from firsthand experience just how challenging it can sometimes be to get work done or even communicate with fellow workers. However, a recently released study shows that these loud conditions may actually be putting you at risk of a serious work injury.
Though the snow and cold this winter has brought has been difficult for many residents of the state of Illinois, for those who enjoy participating in winter sports the snow has been a great thing. To accommodate these people many facilities, such as snowboarding parks have hired workers. Unfortunately one teen who works at a Chicago area park was recently injured when his arm became caught in a conveyor lift. The worker is 17-years-old.
California has made headlines in the area of both workers' compensation law and professional sports over the last year thanks to its passage of Assembly Bill 1309, a measure designed to prohibit the majority of athletes from filing work comp claims in that state.
In a previous post, our blog discussed how every year thousands of workers in all types of industries are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition typically characterized by pain, weakness and/or general numbness in the hands that can seriously affect a person's ability to perform their job.