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Study Shows Workers in Health Care Are More Likely to Suffer Injury
Study Shows Workers in Health Care Are More Likely to Suffer Injury

In some respects, all workers are at risk of injury. However, certain occupations carry with them a greater likelihood of accident, illness or injury. Typically, the public thinks of construction, transportation and warehouse workers as likely candidates for a workplace injury. However — perhaps surprisingly — the most dangerous occupations...

Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Available to Employees Who Must Work Offsite?
Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Available to Employees Who Must Work Offsite?

Illinois workers' compensation benefits are available if an injury "arises out of and in the course of employment." A causal relationship must exist between the work duties and the injury. How does this apply to those workers in the construction trades or sales and event planning who frequently travel as...

Who Pays When an Illinois Workers’ Comp Insurer Goes Broke?
Who Pays When an Illinois Workers’ Comp Insurer Goes Broke?

Injuries happen in the workplace. Sometimes a slip-and-fall on the way into work causes an injury; other times it is a car accident while driving as part of work duties. In some of the most serious cases, workplace violence may result in a life-changing injury or even death. In most...

Common Workplace Back Injuries and Accommodations
Common Workplace Back Injuries and Accommodations

From constant pain to a dull ache or shooting pains that travel down your legs, back injuries may require surgery and long recovery times. Work-related back injuries account for almost one-half of all musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there are many causes...

Transportation Accidents Leading Cause of Illinois Workplace Fatalities
Transportation Accidents Leading Cause of Illinois Workplace Fatalities

Television dramas often portray the lives of those who work in dangerous jobs. The recent series "Chicago Fire" follows firefighters as they risk their lives to save others and limit property damage. Several years ago, the series "Chicago Code" was all about crime fighting and the dangers associated with law...

AMA Impairment Ratings Often Unfavorable to Injured Workers in Illinois
AMA Impairment Ratings Often Unfavorable to Injured Workers in Illinois

Most people have probably never heard of the American Medical Association's impairment ratings. As part of the Illinois workers' compensation reforms of 2011, these ratings are now used by physicians and considered by courts and arbitrators when evaluating workers' compensation claims. Unfortunately, the AMA guidelines often negatively impact the claims...