Workers’ Compensation

The Difference Between Temporary and Permanent Disability Benefits

Each year, tens of thousands of workers are seriously injured on the job in Illinois, and while most of them qualify for workers compensation benefits, not every injury is treated equally in terms of monetary compensation. The severity of the injury and the length of time that the worker is expected … [...]

Labor and Employment Legislative Updates in Illinois

In 2017, workers could see a variety of changes take effect that pertain to worker safety, labor and employment laws throughout Illinois and the rest of the nation.The changes could have a significant effect on employees, workplace safety, injured workers and their families, and employers in the … [...]

Construction Workers at Considerable Risk for Falls

Nearly 40% of the 899 workplace fatalities experienced by construction workers in 2014 were the result of falls from heights. Unsafe workplace conditions and inadequate safety equipment can facilitate falls from uncompleted buildings, scaffolding, or roofs. Deficient Protection Inadequate fall … [...]

The Results of Workers Compensation Reform

Though the results of the 2011 workers’ compensation reform efforts in Illinois are now being realized, there is still much debate between lawmakers regarding the workers’ compensation laws, many of whom are pushing for additional reform. When the system is broken, both workers and businesses feel … [...]

Workplace Safety During the Winter Months

Getting to work safely on icy, snow packed roads isn't the only thing employees have to worry about when it comes to working during the blustery winter months. Severe winter weather can raise the risk for a wide variety of work related illnesses, injuries, and even fatalities. While it is true that … [...]

Does Reporting Unsafe Work Conditions Make you a Whistleblower?

The policy of the Office of Research Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Division of Occupational Health and Safety is to provide safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. Anyone who believes that his/her working conditions are affected by an unsafe or unhealthful workplace is … [...]

Time is the Greatest Risk Factor for Mesothelioma Claims

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that approximately 11 million Americans were exposed to asbestos from 1940 to 1978. This number includes those who served in the military, and those who worked in the construction or manufacturing sectors of the economy. For many of these individuals … [...]

Is there combustible dust in your workplace?

While obvious workplace dangers exist in many industries across the country, there are hidden hazards that many employees and companies may not think about. One of these invisible threats is combustible dust, a fact known by a Lake County workers’ compensation lawyer. This occupational dust lurks in … [...]

Can you claim workers’ compensation if you were on prescription drugs when the work injury occurred?

On June 3, 2013, life changed abruptly for a 28-year-old Illinois forklift operator. While he was making an adjustment to his machinery, it malfunctioned and struck him on the upper arm, causing a compound fracture. He was unable to work for more than five months. When he applied for workers’ … [...]

Police officers at higher risk of injury on night shifts

Members of law enforcement face significant challenges while on the job. According to a study from researchers at the University of Buffalo, police officers who work the night shift have an increased chance of suffering a long-term work injury. As an Illinois workers compensation attorney may know, … [...]