Do Companies Have To Compensate Employees For Gradual Hearing Loss?

More than $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation claims due to work-related hearing loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 30 million workers in the United States work in areas with noise levels hazardous to hearing. The CDC estimates that more than 9 million are regularly exposed to chemicals […]

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Taskrabbit, Postmates, Instacart: In the Gig Economy, Who Is Liable?

“Gig” economy employers classify their workers as independent contractors, which makes liability uncertain when workers injure someone when performing a task on behalf of the employer. “Gig” economy workers, such as Uber drivers and TaskRabbit “taskers,” are treated as independent contractors. As such, their “employer” does not need to pay for insurance coverage, taxes, provide […]

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Who’s Liable for Accidents Caused by Medical Emergencies Behind the Wheel?

When a car accident occurs because of an unforeseen medical emergency behind the wheel, a driver can assert a “sudden medical emergency defense.” This defense relieves a driver of negligent liability and personal injury claims filed through an auto accident lawyer. What is a Sudden Medical Emergency Defense? The rationale for this defense is that […]

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The Causes and Impact of Nerve Damage

Nerve damage can significantly impact every aspect of a person’s life. It can limit their range of motion and hinder their ability to breathe. While some nerve damage is reversible and can be treated, the more severe the damage, the greater the likelihood that the damage will be permanent. In all cases, known or suspected […]

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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’ Compensation Law The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act states that an employer can be held legally liable for an injury that “arises out of and in the course of […]

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Safe Spherical Tires of the Future: Levitation, Sensors and Biomimicry

The old saying goes “don’t reinvent the wheel,” but Goodyear has done just that. The 118-year-old company has created a spherical, levitation-mounted, sensor-monitored, biomimicry-designed concept tire that, in theory, could someday play a significant role in reducing car accidents. The company wants to improve on the wheel because it knows the profound effect tires have […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Liability and Driverless Cars: Who is Responsible?

Driverless cars introduce new questions regarding liability, fault, and responsibility for car accidents with no easy solutions. Driverless are filled with promise, if the future peddled by technologists, governments, and companies are realized. Proponents of the driverless cars tote them as a solution for traffic, carbon emissions, and car accidents. However, there is a long […]

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