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June 2014 Archives

The Importance of Retaining an Expert

In many cases where an individual is injured as the result of the negligence of another, it is important when you are bringing such a claim that you or your attorney evaluate the need of retaining an expert opinion to address any specific issue that might arise during that claim. Expert retention can be needed for a variety of issues for the purposes of prosecuting an injury claim. Experts are often times hired to address the issue of liability when it comes to products liability cases for example.

Slip and Fall at Work

Pursuant to Illinois Worker's Compensation Act, an injury sustained by an employee is compensable only if it arises out of and in the course of the employment. In the course of employment occurs when an injury is sustained while an employee is at work or while he is performing activities in conjunction with his employment. An accident arises out of one's employment if its origin is in some risk connected with or incidental to the employment so as to create a causal connection between the employment and the accidental injury. Traditionally, the case law in Illinois has held Slip and Fall at work place as a non compensable injury on the basis that the slip and fall did not arise out of the employment. However, a fairly recent Appellate Court decision in Springfield Urban League v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Comm'n, held differently. In the mentioned case, an employee was injured after a slip and fall on a bunched or kinked mat. The employee was a bus driver, who on the date of the accident had to attend a mandatory meeting at the Employer. The meeting had approximately 200 employees attending. After the meeting as the employee was existing the building, he slipped and fell on the bunched mat.

What is Vocational Rehabilitation - Part II

Last month we discuss briefly the concepts that injured workers have about vocational rehab as well as the processes that lead up to beginning vocational rehab and even the initial assessments that are usually involved. Today, I will discuss a bit about the process of working with a vocational counselor.

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