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When going to work gets dangerous

If you're a construction worker, you may be at risk for injury during the normal course of your duties in an average workday. Even if no one considers a particular project you're working on as high on the list of the most dangerous tasks in the nation, an accident may occur at any time that causes you to suffer injury in the workplace.

If you're aware of the dangers ahead of time and you know where to turn for help if an injury occurs, you may be able to stay safe, or at least maximize your chances of achieving full recovery if you're involved in a workplace accident.

Common mistakes when seeking coverage from workers' compensation

There is no job that is completely safe from some kind of workplace injury or illness. Construction jobs, oil fields and manufacturing all have certain risks, but even if you sit at a computer or stand in front of a classroom all day, you are never completely free from the chances of an accident or workplace illness.

Tripping and falling, inhaling toxic fumes or developing repetitive motion injuries can happen in any environment, and if you have experienced an accident on the job that led to painful injuries, you have the right to seek benefits through workers' compensation. This special insurance is available to cover the medical bills and lost wages of employees injured in the normal course of their work duties. However, like any insurance claim, there are circumstances that may cause the insurance company to deny your claim.

A work day shouldn't end with you in the hospital

There may be days when you enjoy waking up and going to work. Having a job you like is a real plus in today's world, and if you like the people you work with as well, you are far ahead of the game! No day is perfect though, and sometimes by the time you get home at the end of the day, you're absolutely spent.

Whether you're exhausted due to stressful situations on the job or because you were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours, such days often prompt the desire for a nice, long bath and a restful sleep. If you're like most Illinois workers, you'll bounce back once you've had a good rest; however, what happens if the problem at work involves a serious mishap?

Richard D Hannigan reappointed as editor for 2017-2018 of the ISBA Workers Compensation Section Council Newsletter

Editor's Notes By: Richard D. Hannigan

Editorial comments are just that, editorials. There are four people who share the responsibility of producing these Newsletters. Two represent employers and two represent the injured workers. There was a debate amongst the editors as to whether my editorial comment in this Newsletter is appropriate. Two editors felt it is appropriate and two thought it is too political. The Chairman of our section council, John Power, agreed that the editorial comment is appropriate. That being said please understand that the opinions contained in our newsletters are those of the author and are not necessarily those of any other member or group in the ISBA. Please feel free to send any comments to any of the editors. That being said here is my editorial comment:

The Illinois State Bar Association has a lobbyist who has diligently worked for this association for many years. His name is Jim Covington. The Worker's Compensation Council Section members receive copies of any bills submitted, whether by the Senate or the House, asking for our comments. In that sense we are political. Our comments are passed on to Jim who then relays our information to the various senators or state representatives as the case may be. It is up to all of us as attorneys practicing in the state of Illinois to let the lawmakers know how we feel about any particular issue and legislation. It is up to us to educate them has to the mechanisms in the day-to-day activities at the commission. As individuals we should not leave it to others. If you believe that there is the need for new legislation you should submit that to your state representative and senator and work with them to achieve that purpose.

Assembly line repetition could leave you with injuries

Assembly line jobs employ numerous people across the country. As an individual with such a job, you likely perform the same duties day in and day out. Because your tasks often involve making the same motions over and over, you may have experienced pain due to the repetitive nature of your work responsibilities. Though the pain may not cause you much worry at first, you could develop a serious repetitive strain injury over time that could require medical attention.

Repetitive strain injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis, can have an immense effect on your life. You may lose the ability to carry out regular tasks like you once could, and your work life could suffer if you have a more difficult time attending to your assembly line duties. As a result, you may need time off or medical treatment.

How to fight back against workplace violence

Illinois workers who suffer injuries or become ill due to hazardous work conditions may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. In addition to workplace accidents and other safety issues, violence-related injuries could also serve as valid grounds for a workers' compensation claim.

Workplace violence isn't an issue that people discuss on a regular basis, but it's a valid concern for workers across all industries and in every type of job. If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the violent actions of another person or co-worker, you don't have to face the aftermath alone. An experienced lawyer can help you understand how to secure what you need for a full and fair recovery.

How to Solve Workplace Injuries

Whenever workplace injuries cross our minds, our first thoughts dash to construction workers operating mechanical or state-of-the-art equipment across the U.S. Hardly do we think of office workers who are subjected to a workplace injury in their professional environment. In such an institution, most employees tend to sustain various forms of injuries ranging from knee problems to wrist pains, all of which can ultimately affect productivity. Back to the industrial and construction sites, falling victim to a workplace accident is a much more possible outcome especially when numerous hazards lie in wait every day.

In the unfortunate event you sustain Workplace Injuries, you might want to seek medical attention sooner rather than later, especially when your life hangs in the balance. Apart from the catastrophic leg injury or a back injury, rehabilitation from such an ordeal can be a daunting task, to say the least. In the absence of constant support, you might abandon the whole process altogether and hope for the worst to come. To aggravate the situation, the substantial medical expenses accrued and lost wages can adversely affect your physical and mental health. Fortunately, employers have a legal responsibility to foot your medical expenses for injuries arising from the workplace.

What You Should Know About Construction Workers' Accidents

As a construction worker, you are more likely to experience various forms of workplace accidents. Despite wearing personal protective equipment and hoping for the best, an accident can occur at any time and an immediate response can spell the difference between life and death. So you have woken up bright and early, worn your protective gear and proceeded to your daily routine. However, you unexpectedly sustain a construction site accident so severe that it renders your capacity to perform your duties effectively.

Whether it’s an electrical accident or a scaffolding fall, a responsible employer should cover your medical expenses through the workers’ compensation program. Additionally, they should also take necessary precautions to minimize the recurrence of such accidents in future.

What do I do if I'm injured at work?

When we think of on-the-job injuries, we usually think of catastrophic things like falls at a construction site or an accident at a factory. However, the category of workplace injuries can encompass things like hearing loss from loud noises, diminished eyesight from poor lighting or medical issues that arise from prolonged sitting or typing. You might consider some of these problems just part of the job, but as an employee you have the right to ask for workers' compensation when you're injured at work.

 

Construction Workers' Accidents

Construction can be a very dangerous line of work. It is very common for people working in construction to become injured on the job, even at no fault of their own. The potential for workplace accidents on a construction site is so great that very few people who select construction for their job go their entire career without at least one work-related injury.

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