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Illinois winter raises risk of weather-related work injury and illness

Winter blew in with a vengeance in many parts of Illinois this year and with it, the danger of injuries related to extreme cold, ice, snow and wind to workers in jobs requiring outside work or driving. Even if a person's job duties do not require them to drive for work or perform duties outdoors, they may sustain injury walking into the work premises from a parking lot, for example.

Merger of companies complicates workers' compensation liability

At our Rockford, Illinois, law firm, we represent injured or ill workers in the surrounding region whose impairments are work related in their claims for workers' compensation. It is a good idea to consult with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible after an injury for a thorough assessment of the workers' compensation claim and guidance about any legal issues that could arise.

Worker silicosis from cutting real and artificial stone countertops

Across America, fancy countertops are all the rage. Tragically, some of the workers who cut these slabs of granite, marble and engineered stone are getting silicosis, a lung disease from inhaling crystalline silica dust generated during the cutting, shaping, grinding or polishing processes.

Workers' compensation in Illinois: FAQs

Workers' compensation is a system to help better ensure injured workers receive prompt compensation when injured on-the-job. But what exactly does this mean? How do workers get their workers' comp benefits? Do all injuries qualify? This piece will delve into these and a few other common questions when it comes to workers' comp in Illinois.

Illinois workers' compensation benefits for work-related death

Under Illinois workers' compensation law, when an employee dies from a work-related accident, injury or disease, their spouse and certain other surviving loved ones may be entitled to death benefits. In our last blog, we described a new Illinois law that fixes a loophole in workers' compensation benefits for asbestos-related diseases from occupational exposure.

New Illinois law helps workers with latent illness from asbestos

On May 17, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 1596, a bill that gives employees who developed work-related diseases that did not manifest until 25 years had passed from exposure to asbestos or radiation the right to file a civil lawsuit against their employers for the harm.

How much can a person collect in workers' compensation in Illinois?

There are many misconceptions about the benefits available to people injured on the job. Some people think workers' compensation benefits are reserved for only severe or fatal injuries while others assume that they could be fired if they file a claim for benefits. Believing these and other misconceptions can be a costly mistake, especially when it comes to assumptions regarding the actual amount of compensation that may be available.

Injured on the job? Why your worker classification matters

Injuries or illnesses suffered on the job that affect your ability to work can be very upsetting. Not only can your condition be painful, it can also lead to lost wages and increased medical expenses. As such, securing workers' compensation can be crucial to ease the financial burden of a work-related condition.

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