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Workers' Compensation versus a personal injury lawsuit

By most accounts, the job market in America is beginning to pick up. This is obviously great news, but it can be easy to forget that millions of workers are getting up every day and going to a job that might be inherently dangerous. These workers might face the prospect of getting injured on any given day.

OSHA violations and workers' compensation in Illinois

Previous posts here have noted that when employees in Illinois are injured or become ill due to on-the-job factors, it is possible to qualify for workers' compensation. However, in some cases, the on-the-job injury occurs because the employer has violated state or federal regulations. In those instances, not only would employees probably qualify for workers' compensation, the employer may also face significant financial penalties.

What are the most common questions about workers' compensation?

Most workplaces are relatively safe, but the reality is that many workers are in harm's way every day. Illinois residents expect and deserve to work in areas that are free from potential danger, but that isn't always the case. And, as a result, workplace injuries occur. When this does happen, workers' compensation will likely come into play.

Workers' compensation attainable after IL work injury

The average person enters the work-force at or around the age of 18. If a person works until the average retirement age, they will have spent around 50 years of their life at work. Within this scope of time, it isn't unreasonable to think that a person may be injured at some point, while working on the job. Certain professions are more injury-prone than others, but all could qualify for benefits under workers' compensation.

Can steroids help those with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Whether one is typing at a computer all day long or performing the same task repeatedly on a factory assembly line, repetitive stress disorders are a common affliction suffered by many in Aurora. One particularly common type of repetitive stress injury suffered at work is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be painful, requiring the worker to take time away from his or her job. According to one source, approximately 5 percent of individuals in the United States have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Settling a workers' compensation dispute is an option for some

When a dispute arises between an employee and employer with regard to workers' compensation, a claim may be filed with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. However, many of these cases are ultimately settled by the parties on their own. The Commission refers to such settlements as "settlement contracts," which in essence is an agreement between both parties to close their pending claim with the Commission in exchange for a mutually agreed-upon sum of money.

What are some common workers' compensation disputes?

Being injured on the job is an experience no one in Illinois wants to go through. Being injured at work may mean having to take an extended leave to recover, meaning the worker would not be earning any wages. It is for this reason that the workers' compensation system exists. Workers' compensation benefits can be the financial lifeline a worker needs after a workplace accident. However, that doesn't mean that disputes do not arise.

Seeking help for workers' compensation claims in Illinois

Being injured on the job in Illinois can be a traumatic experience, particularly if the injury was severe. Not only is the individual left with a serious medical condition, but it may be weeks or even months before he or she recovers from the incident. Some injuries result in a short-term disability. However, more severe injuries may result in a long-term or even permanent disability. During that time, the individual may be unable to go to work until he or she regains his or her health. This can add financial worries to what is already a stressful situation. Fortunately, individuals in Illinois who are facing such predicaments may be able to seek workers' compensation benefits.

What if an Illinois employer refuses to pay workers' comp?

The Illinois workers' compensation system is in place to help employees who have been injured on the job stay on their feet financially until they can return to work. However, there will be times when an employee believes he or she is not being paid the benefits to which he or she is entitled.

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