If you make your living working in construction, mining or another industry where you frequently rely on scaffolding, or elevated, temporary work platforms, to perform your job duties, know that there are inherent risks involved in doing so. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 65 percent of all construction workers use scaffolding regularly, and this means that about 2.3 million are at risk of suffering scaffolding-related injuries or fatalities every year.
On February 3, 2017, Geneva Fire Department rescue efforts failed to save Donald J. Tentler, 47, of West Dundee at the Geneva Commons shopping center. Tentler, a construction worker, had attempted to install a sign on the parking lot tower when he became trapped between a crane and the tower.
Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has proposed significant changes to the Illinois workers' compensation system that will potentially make it harder for injured workers to obtain benefits after a work injury. While the exact changes are unclear, his agenda aims to save big businesses money and reducing the benefits injured workers receive.
If you have sustained a work-related injury and have lost the ability to do the same things before your work injury, you may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits. Illinois law sets the number of weeks for specific body parts. You calculate the benefits which you would be entitled based on the severity of the specific body part using the scheduled injury table provided by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
You may know that most people who work in Illinois are supposed to get workers' compensation, but that doesn't mean you don't have important questions that must be answered. In fact, it's best to get the answers to these questions before you are injured, ensuring that you know exactly what you should do as soon as an injury takes place.
Back injuries are one of the most common types of work-related injuries. They can occur over a period of time due to repetitive lifting or involve a single, traumatic incident. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to notify your employer as soon as you are aware of your injury.
With traditional employment in Illinois, you are typically granted the right to workers' compensation if you're injured on the job. If you're a cab driver, for example, and you get hurt, you may be compensated for your medical bills and your time off. However, the rise of the "sharing economy" - where services are advertised by a company but provided by an individual who is an independent contractor - has added an additional layer of complexity to the determination of who can receive workers comp benefits.
Workers' compensation is a no fault system in which an employee who is injured on the job gives up her right to sue her employer in exchange for benefits provided under Illinois law. After filing an Application for Benefits with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, your case is assigned to an arbitrator who oversees any disputes that may arise between you and your employer.
Supporting your family in Illinois can be hard enough when you have full-time employment and a paycheck that comes in every two weeks. You may have a mortgage, a car payment, and the never-ending cost of buying food. As your children get older, they may get into sports and other activities that cost you a lot of money. Parents like you work hard to ensure that they can cover these costs, but what happens if an injury means that you can't work at all?
Every compensable work-related injury must arise out of and occur during the course of your employment. "In the course of your employment" refers to the time, place and circumstances which the accident occurred. Injuries sustained on an employer's premises within a reasonable time before and after work are generally compensable. However, injuries which occur to or from work are generally not compensable.