Workers’ Compensation

Increase in Certain Work Injuries During the Summer

Workers exposed to the high temperatures of summer often sustain work-related injuries and illnesses, causing a spike in workers' compensation reports during this season. Employers are required to provide a safe working environment for their employees and may be held liable if they do not take … [...]

OSHA Requests Additional Delay For Crane Safety Rule

Illinois workers and businesses that require work with cranes may face yet another delay in the implementation of OSHA's rule to require certification for crane operators. The agency recently proposed a delay of the rule until Nov. 10, 2018. The responses have ranged from limited approval to … [...]

Using the Family Medical Leave Act To Care For A Spouse Injured At Their Job

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), companies are legally obligated to allow employees time to care for medical needs of their spouse and other family members. This includes employees who must care for their spouse who was involved in a work-related accident at a different company. … [...]

Five Reasons A Workers’ Compensation Claim May Be Denied

Employees making legitimate workers' comp claims are sometimes denied. There are many reasons why an insurance company may attempt to deny benefits. Sometimes the companies have understandable reasons for denying claims; other times the companies lack any justifiable basis for denying benefits and … [...]

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 … [...]