Does Workers’ Comp Cover Injuries that do Not Occur at the Job Site?

Under Illinois workers’ compensation laws, an employer may be held liable for injuries that occur outside of the workplace, depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury. Workers’... Read More

When Employers Fail to Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Under Illinois law, employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, and when they don't, they may face criminal penalties along with civil liability. An estimated 90 percent of employers in the state carry the required coverage, which is meant to protect workers who are injured on the job. When workers are injured while working for employers that have...
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Trump Administration May Prompt Surge in Occupational Disease Claims

One of President Trump's first executive actions in 2017 was to impose a federal hiring freeze on civilian employees. This freeze is expected to prompt a surge in occupational disease claims and other types of workers compensation claims filed by a workers comp attorney. Impact of the Federal Hiring Freeze President Trump's federal hiring freeze will have an impact on...
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Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Denials

Despite meritorious claims, workers are denied benefits through workers' compensation every day. Employers and their insurance carriers have a vested interest in denying as many claims as possible to avoid having to pay large payouts. Some reasons employers may deny workers' compensation claims include: Injury Was Not Reported Soon Enough One of the most common reasons a...
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Are Injuries that Occur at Employer-Sponsored Events Compensable?

When workers suffer injuries while attending company-sponsored events in Illinois, employers may be liable for damages under certain circumstances. Under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act, an employer's liability for injuries sustained is determined by whether the sponsored event or activity is considered voluntary or mandatory. Although Illinois courts have frequently...
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Chicago Professional Sports Teams Seek Workers’ Compensation Reform

The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox have written a letter to a state representative in a show of support for a new bill that could detrimentally affect the workers' compensation claims of injured athletes. If passed, the bill would decrease injured players' payouts by hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions. Existing Law The existing Workers'...
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OSHA requiring employers to track workplace hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new rules that now require employers to collect data on workplace injuries and hazards and release that information to the government and public. The purpose of the rule is to modernize data collection and better inform the public about workplace hazards. The slew of new data should also help the government...
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New Turbulence App May Prevent In-Flight Injuries

US aircraft experience 65,000 incidences of moderate to severe turbulence each year. Turbulence-related injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures, broken bones, and serious spinal and head injuries. A flight attendant workers compensation attorney commonly sees flight attendants with serious injuries sustained in turbulent flights. The Dangers of...
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Guiding the Future of Workers’ Classifications

One of the greatest challenges facing the 21st century economy is that of providing freelance employees, also referred to as independent contractors, the same rights and privileges granted to those who do not work for themselves. With freelancers comprising between 5-30% of the workforce, it's a problem the Labor Department has begun to tackle. The reasons for this are...
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Employees Denied Workers Compensation Entitled to an Appeal

Workers' compensation claims are denied for reasons ranging from insufficient documentation to questions about the validity of the claim. A Chicago workers' comp attorney can help prepare and pursue an appeal of the denial. Common Reasons that Claims are Denied Injury is not reported on time (In Illinois it must be reported within 45 days of the injury) Claim is not...
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