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Pepper-spraying cop now seeking to secure work comp benefits

Back in November 2011, much of the United States watched in stunned disbelief as student protestors taking part in a peaceful demonstration at the University of California-Davis were hit directly in the face with a large cloud of pepper spray from a canister wielded by a campus police officer.

Study highlights how heat exposure can affect workers 24/7

If you drive outside the city limits of Chicago, you will no doubt be amazed at how quickly the landscape transforms from urban to rural. In fact, you may not realize that we have a thriving agricultural industry here in Illinois with farmers growing all kinds of crops from bell peppers and asparagus to apples and peaches.

Concussed NFL players' push for compensation continues

For all the toughness, determination, and strength that professional football exudes, it is becoming more and more apparent to players, coaches, fans, and doctors that the hard-hitting game can cause serious head injuries that themselves frequently attribute to unforeseen mental health problems.

Construction site accident brings steep OSHA fines

Few, if any, work environments are as potentially dangerous as a construction site. Workers, technicians, drivers, and foreman alike are often surrounded with equipment and exposure to heat, electricity, and heights-any of which could lead to a serious injury or potential death if things go wrong. This risk is only exacerbated if managers and employers in charge of a construction site show negligence or willful disregard for safety.

POWER: A Memo from the White House

On July 19th the President released a memorandum regarding federal worker’s compensation that can be found on the White House’s web page. The subject of the memo read, “The Presidential POWER Initiative: Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment.” President Obama is establishing a four year initiative, starting in 2011, to improve workplace conditions, reduce the number of job related injuries, and to reemploy more workers. The POWER initiative was brought into place because of the large amount of worker’s compensation that was paid out in 2009. Here is a preview of the POWER initiative. The memorandum can be found at stands for Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment. The President believes that the amount of worker’s compensation claims can be significantly reduced and that workplace environments can be made safer to reduce the number of injuries that occur. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of work related injuries to help reduce the financial burden that is left for the tax payers and to help take away the stress and suffering from an injured worker and their family.Efforts will need to be made by the workplace to follow the POWER plan made by the President. The federal government will also be playing a part in the initiative by setting higher safety standards, encouraging companies to collect data from injuries and worker’s compensation claims, and prioritizing the programs that have been effective for training on health and safety in the workplace.There are seven areas where President Obama would like to see executive departments and agencies improve on. The areas are:1. reducing total injury and illness case rates2. reducing lost time injury and illness case rates3. analyzing lost time injury and illness data4. increasing the timely filing of workers' compensation claims5. increasing the timely filing of wage-loss claims6. reducing lost production day rates7. speeding employees' return to work in cases of serious injury or illnessAll agencies must improve in these seven areas by 2014. They will also have to pay for any changes that need to be made to their workplace. You can read the memorandum in full from President Barack Obama on the website ( In 2009, $1.6 billion was paid out in worker’s compensation claims. There were almost 80,000 claims that were filed. The initiative should help to reduce these numbers and keep employees safe. To prevent injuries, you must have a safe work environment. 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

Workplace Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Injuries that occur at work or that are work related are common in the workplace. Some professions such as construction, factories, or sports for example are more susceptible to staff members incurring an injury. Some injuries can also occur outside of the workplace but are still work related injuries. There are some injuries that occur more often than others. It is important to create a safe working environment to avoid serious injury or even death. Here are some common workplace injuries and how you can avoid them.One of the most common injuries that happen at work are falls. Falls can occur on same level surfaces or falling to a lower level of the workplace. People can fall because they slip or trip as well. A lot of construction site injuries occur because a roofer may fall or someone can fall off a ladder. Other examples of falls are people slipping on pavements, falling down stairs, or slipping on a wet bathroom or kitchen floor. If an area is wet or slippery there should be signs to point out hazardous areas. Construction sites can prevent falls by using safety measures such as having a roofer secured by ropes and harnesses.Another common injury that is similar to a fall is how your body reacts to slipping or tripping without falling. The reaction to preventing the fall can be just as harmful as falling sometimes. You can stub your toe, roll your ankle, or hurt your back while preventing a fall. Again, this can be avoided by properly indicating areas that are wet or slippery. Some falls and trips are unavoidable, but there should be first aid available at every workplace.Another very common injury is overexertion. This is most common for jobs that require heavy lifting, moving, stacking/organizing, throwing, and other types of physical exertion. In 2008 this was reported as the most common type of workplace injury. Proper training for employees whose job requires a lot of activity can help to avoid overexertion. You can also avoid straining your back by wearing back support if you are doing some sort of heavy lifting.A more serious injury that is common on constructions sites is being hit by a falling object or incurring an injury against an object. For example, tools or materials can fall from roofs or high levels on a building site. People can be struck by the falling objects and serious injuries can occur. Running into a door, wall, or another object can also cause injuries. Injuries that happen against an object can happen at any workplace, not just a construction site. To avoid these injuries, one should pay attention to their work space, especially if they work at a warehouse or construction site.If you are injured from a work related duty, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. Some injuries may require time off of work or going to a hospital or doctor which can become expensive. If you think you are eligible for a worker’s compensation claim, you can hire an attorney specialized in these type of cases to help you file your claim. Remember to be safe while at work and report all injuries.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
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