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If you have been injured at work, you may not know how to proceed. An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer can explain what to do after a workplace accident. Why It’s Important to Know What to Do After a Workplace Accident You must take the proper steps after an on-the-job accident to protect your legal rights. Employers and their insurers will look for any reason to deny workers’ compensation claims. To ensure you get the payment you deserve, follow these four steps: Report Your Work Injury Immediately After a Workplace Accident Immediately alert your supervisor or human resources representative about your […]

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If you are hurt at your construction job and need help getting workers’ compensation benefits, what questions should you ask a construction accident lawyer? You must ask questions about relevant experience, success rate, available resources, and fee structure to find a lawyer who is a perfect fit for you and your construction accident case. Most construction accident lawyers offer free initial consultations. You can use this offer to gather more information about your legal options and interview lawyers on your list.  You are more likely to need a construction accident lawyer if you work in the construction industry than in […]

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The question – how much money will workers’ compensation payout for a lower back injury? – maybe difficult to answer. There is no definite amount that workers’ compensation will pay out for a back injury. The best way to accurately predict the amount you are likely to receive in a settlement is to have a lawyer assess the facts of your case and the nature of your lower back injury. You may also look at several data-driven studies that have determined the average workers’ compensation settlement amounts for back injuries. Common Causes of Occupational Back Injuries Virtually all professions carry […]

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If you are an illegal immigrant, you may want to ask – can an illegal immigrant get workers’ compensation? An illegal immigrant with work-related injuries or illness is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of the immigrant’s citizenship status. Workers’ comp benefits have three fundamental eligibility requirements. (1) Your employer must be required to carry workers’ comp insurance under state law, (2) a written or oral contract must exist between you and your employer, and (3) you must have suffered an injury or illness on the job.  Although federal law outlaws the intentional hiring of undocumented employees, immigration status does […]

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Depending on the facts of your case, you may have a claim for medical malpractice, or for medical negligence. While these claims are closely related, there are differences between medical malpractice and medical negligence.  It is important to understand the differences between these theories of negligence, as it can affect who you can sue. If you need to obtain medical treatment at a hospital, it is reasonable to assume that you will not suffer an additional injury due to medical malpractice or medical negligence. The injuries you suffered as a result of a medical provider’s negligence will likely require extensive medical care […]

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When a hit-and-run accident occurs, the victim should immediately call 911 to report the accident and request emergency services for injuries. If the victim is not injured, he or she should remain at the scene of the accident, talk to police officers at the scene, and gather information from witnesses. Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Accident According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), a hit-and-run crash occurs every minute in the United States. Since 2018, the number of hit-and-run accidents that impact drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists has steadily increased around the country. Over the last few years, […]

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If a worker’s compensation claim gets denied, the injured worker can use group or personal health insurance to cover the necessary medical treatment. While health insurance companies are generally not mandated to cover workplace injuries, the law requires them to pay the medical bills in the event of worker’s comp denial. This requirement enables the injured worker to obtain necessary medical treatment promptly. Medicaid and Medicare are other options people injured at work can use to cover medical bills when workers’ comp denies their claims. In Illinois, workers’ compensation is liable for covering 100% of all the reasonable and necessary […]

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A workers’ compensation attorney is necessary when a worker’s claim for benefits is at risk of denial. A workers’ compensation attorney defends victims and helps ensure that they get their benefits quickly. Workers Compensation Overview Workers’ compensation is a legal process by which workers who are injured on the job can receive compensation for their injuries. It is a faster process than going through the courts, but workers waive the right to collect non-economic damages (i.e., pain and suffering) in exchange. Workers collect compensation for their lost wages, medical costs, re-training, and similar costs to recover from the injury. In […]

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Christmas is full of fun and dangerous activities that are a treat and could also be a burden for families. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Incidents (“RoSPA”), approximately 80,000 injuries occur annually due to accidents linked to Christmas activities. Alcohol While alcohol can facilitate fun activities, when consumed in moderation, too much can result in injuries. Alcohol lowers awareness and inhibition, which can lead to more accidents. The increased availability of alcohol also means that it is easier for children to consume — parents should ensure that empty glasses are cleaned out before children can get them. […]

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Conveyor belts cause injuries to workers in every manner of the workplace, from warehouses to factories. Conveyor belts are dangerous heavy machines that move thousands of pounds of material and objects daily and can easily crush a human worker’s hand or limb. Conveyor Belts Can Cause Serious Injuries Conveyor belts are ubiquitous. They are present in grocery stores, warehouses, factories, and even in some restaurants. Conveyor belts eliminate thousands of hours of labor that would otherwise be spent by humans pushing carts or carrying objects back and forth. Conveyor belts are great at reducing stress on human bodies and improving […]

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