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b2ap3_thumbnail_workers-comp-acronyms-DuPage-County.jpgThe world of workers’ compensation comes with its own language that can be difficult for an injured worker to understand. In addition, workers’ comp claims must follow a rigid procedural scheme that can be confusing and frustrating for a layperson to understand.

Clients often rely on their attorney to explain the workers’ compensation process. Below are several terms that may come up in your case.

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)

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DuPage County Workers’ Comp attorney, on-the-job injuriesIf you have been injured at work, you may think your only option is to pursue a Workers’ comp claim. While this may be true in many cases, it is not true in all cases.

In some circumstances, an accident victim may get adequate recovery through workers’ comp. However, other accident victims can receive more compensation under a theory of general negligence, which is sometimes called a personal injury action.

Workers’ Comp

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DuPage County Workers’ Comp attorney, eye injuriesEye injuries are commonly sustained in construction and manufacturing jobs. Even office workers are at risk of eye injury caused by computer screens. In fact, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain eye injuries each day that require medical treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of these 2,000, one-third are treated in hospital emergency rooms, and about 100 eye injuries a day will result in at least one day away from work.

Five of the most common ways workers’ eyes are injured include the following:

  1. Small particles. Small particles get into the eye resulting in abrasions. Dust, wood, metal, or concrete all pose a risk. Also, small tools like staples and nails can injure the eye.
  2. Chemicals. Chemicals can splash in the eyes. Also, fumes can irritate or burn the eyes.
  3. Infection. Infection is a risk for workers who come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids.
  4. Radiation. Exposure to certain light can seriously damage the eyes.
  5. Computer eye strain. If a worker regularly uses a computer or electronic screen, temporary or permanent headaches, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain can result.

Protective Safety Measures

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DuPage County workers’ comp attorney, occupational diseasesWorkers’ compensation does not only cover acute injuries sustained on the job such as sprains and broken bones. Illinois workers’ compensation also covers diseases.

Occupational Diseases Defined

The Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act defines “occupational disease” as “a disease arising out of and in the course of the employment or which has become aggravated and rendered disabling as a result of the exposure of the employment.” 

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DuPage County personal injury attorney, dangers at your gymGoing to the gym has great health benefits, unless you get hurt. It is estimated that about 460,000 people were injured at a gym in 2012 alone.

Many of these exercisers have sustained injuries that cannot be the basis of a lawsuit because the exercisers caused the accident. However, some injuries are caused by the gym. In these cases, the gym may be held responsible.

Treadmill Troubles

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Wheaton slip and fall attorney, slip and fall hazardsSlip and falls are very common. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one million people are sent to the hospital every year for treatment of injuries from a slip and fall accident.

Slip and fall accidents can leave victims bruised or with broken bones. In some cases, the victim can die. This is especially common among the elderly.

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere dangerous conditions are present, including the workplace or retail stores. Here are seven common slip and fall hazards.

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catastrophic injury settlements, Wheaton, IL catastrophic injury attorneyCatastrophic injuries are, by definition, life changing in a devastating way. The term catastrophic injury is used to describe a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. Moreover, catastrophic injury is also used to describe injuries that cause blindness, require amputation, and result in death.

If you sustained a catastrophic injury during an accident that was not your fault, you should be compensated for those injuries.

Damages to You May Be Entitled

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Wheaton, IL Workers’ Comp attorney, workers' comp benefitsIllinois state legislature is considering a set of reforms to workers’ compensation law. These proposals are being criticized for putting workers at a disadvantage.

Details of the Proposed Reform

The proposed changes to the workers’ comp system in Illinois cover a variety of areas, including:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wrongful-death-lawsuit-Illinois.jpgWhen a family member dies in an accident and another party should be responsible, there are two actions that can be brought under Illinois law: a wrongful death lawsuit and a survival action. Each of these claims is meant to address different injuries sustained by different parties. 

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death suit is brought by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. If there is not a representative appointed in the will, a court will appoint someone.

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DuPage County Workers’ Comp attorney, workers’ comp injuriesA workplace is full of conditions that present risk of injury. While construction and other industries that require physical exertion are thought of as the riskiest for on-the-job injuries, workers in every field can fall victim.

According to a review of claims filed with a workers’ comp insurer, some workplace injuries are more prevalent than others. The insurer reviewed claims from 2010 to 2014 and published its findings in 2016.

The reviewed claims listed the top five most common workers’ comp injuries as the following:

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truck accidents in illinois, wheaton personal injury lawyerHealth professionals recommend annual physicals for all individuals as a means to check and see if there are any issues which need addressing. The same is recommended for personal vehicles. To ensure safe transportation, all vehicles should be maintained regularly. When it comes to commerce, several modes of transportation traverse our roads and highways, and we expect them all to be roadworthy. Whether it be school buses to large tractor trailers, we all want to feel safe on the road.

Unfortunately, the vehicles that can cause the most devastating accidents are massive tractor trailers. Their sizes alone can cause irreparable damage when involved in an accident. In 2014, 3,744 fatal crashes involved a large truck, and the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 21 percent, from 73,000 to 88,000. Therefore, what would you say if you discovered that the reason a truck caused catastrophic injury in your particular case was because it was not maintained and was a ticking time bomb to cause harm?

If you were involved in an accident with a truck and suspect the cause to be improper maintenance, you may have a viable legal avenue to pursue. Involving an experienced personal injury attorney will enable you to weigh up your options which could lead to significant compensation for the injuries you suffered.

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