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October 2016 Archives

Industries with high rates of work injuries

According to a report issued by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 almost 3 million individuals sustained nonfatal workplace illnesses or injuries that were reported by an employer. Over half of them had to take time off, be transferred to another job or had restricted work duties. Illinois employees may want to know the five industries in which workers are most likely to incur an injury.

CVSA releases data about road check campaign

Federal trucking regulations are in place to make certain that people in Illinois and across the nation face reduced risks of involvement in truck accidents. When truck drivers and trucking companies violate the rules, they risk the lives of others. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts an annual international road check campaign in order to catch violators.

NHTSA looking at underride truck accidents

Accidents involving big rigs on Illinois highways have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles. One reason is due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, but another is the way these trucks are constructed. They are much higher off the ground than are passenger cars, and there are times when a car crashes into the side or rear of a truck and passes underneath it. These are called underride truck accidents.

Timeline for a Workers' Compensation decision

After you finish receiving medical treatment for your workers' compensation accident, your attorneys will attempt to reach a settlement with the insurance carrier and/or attorney for the employer. If negotiations do not resolve in a settlement, then your workers' compensation case will have to be tried before an Arbitrator. A hearing date will be selected to try the case when your case appears on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Docket. Your case will appear on the workers' compensation docket in a city close to where you were injured. 

Why it is important to not give statements to insurance adjusters in an automobile accident where there is a question as to who is responsible for fault in a case?

Whenever you are involved in an accident either as a driver or a passenger, one of the first things that generally happens is you will receive a phone call from either your insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver involved in the accident. They will want to ask you some questions about the circumstances of the accident and record the conversation. By law, they have to tell you they are recording you and you have to consent to such a recording. You have no legal obligation to give a statement to the other driver's insurance. Generally, these are questions start with questions regarding your background, including where you live, your contact information, and if you sought any medical care after the accident. However, in most circumstances shortly thereafter they will then begin to dig into your prior medical history and the circumstances of the accident. They ask these questions in order to use that information to potentially try to decline all or part of your claim in the future. They also use these statement to try to limit the number of body parts that you believe were injured in the accident as they commonly deny medical treatment for body parts not mentioned in the initial medical treatment or recorded statement with the insurance company. 

Proposed FMCSA sleep apnea testing rule gets a mixed response

In March 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a regulatory change that would require truck drivers and certain railroad workers in Illinois and around the country to undergo obstructive sleep apnea testing. The public was given until July 8 to submit feedback about the proposed rule, and 593 comments were subsequently received. While many of these comments supported the measure, some people questioned the costs involved.

Workers' compensation and the health care industry

Nurses in Illinois may be interested to learn that according to a report prepared by Aon Global Risk Consulting, the frequency of workers' compensation claims in the health care industry is expected to decrease. However, the seriousness of claims has been increasing. The report identified three significant areas as emerging risks.

The dangers of loud workplaces

Illinois workplaces like construction sites and factory floors can be extremely loud. That's why workers who perform their duties in these types of environments are usually encouraged to wear ear protection to prevent hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20 million Americans are exposed to dangerous levels of workplace noise each year. Workers in the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors have the highest risks of getting some type of hearing injury.

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