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The dangers of working on or around scaffolding

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.

Circus operator fined $24k over tent collapse that killed 2

A weather emergency is a real emergency. That's especially true when you're operating without permanent structures, as responsible fairs and circuses know. If your customers and employees are relying on a tent to protect them, that tent had better be erected correctly and rated for severe weather or you're putting them directly in harm's way.

How is my disability settlement calculated after a work injury?

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.

What happens when I settle my workers' compensation claim?

A settlement contract is a negotiated agreement between you and your employer where you agree to end legal proceedings in exchange for money. In Illinois, your Lump Sum Settlement Contract must be approved by the Arbitrator handling your case.

I was hurt at work; do I have a workers' compensation claim?

In Illinois, the employee bears the burden to show that he or she sustained accidental injuries arising out of and in the course of the employment. The employee must prove the employee was at the workplace and doing what is reasonably expected at the time of the incident. This is generally not in dispute if the employee was working their normal shift while they were injured.

How much is my workers' compensation claim worth?

While the value of your claim primarily depends upon the nature of your injuries, the wages you earned prior to a work accident are a major factor in determining your workers' compensation benefits. Sometimes clients have had friends or family members with a similar back injury, course of treatment and prognosis but ask why that friend or family member received a larger settlement. In that scenario, if two people with similar injuries and prognosis, but one is making double the wages, it is likely his or her settlement will be twice as much as the other person. That is because your Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is a large determinant of your workers' compensation benefits.

What happens if my employer does not have workers' compensation insurance?

Illinois law requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance for almost everyone who is employed within Illinois. Some employers break the law and do not obtain insurance or are behind on their premiums. An employer that knowingly and willfully fails to obtain insurance may be fined up to $500 for every day of noncompliance with a minimum fine of $10,000.

What you should know about your employer's right to an "Independent Medical Examination"

Under Illinois workers' compensation law, injured workers have a right to choose their treating physicians. However, the employer or insurance company also has a right to send you to a doctor called an Independent Medical Examination (IME).

Can I get fired for filing a workers' compensation claim?

Oftentimes, this is one of the most common questions clients have and one of the greatest fears of injured employees. Employees go to great lengths to avoid filing a claim, including using their health insurance for doctor visits and using any sick days or short-term disability time they have.

Can I receive workers' compensation benefits for missing a second job?

If you had a second job that you worked on the date you were injured, you may be able to include earnings from your additional job when computing your "Average Weekly Wage" (AWW). You must have had the job on the date you were injured, your employer must know of the second employment and the employment must be a typical job unlike self-employment. Last, the job must be documented by check pay stubs or tax withholdings. Undocumented jobs will not likely count as concurrent employment.

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    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....-Jeff D.

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    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....- Dave

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    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.-Jennifer

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    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day...-Larry

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    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.- Tyler D.

  • "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.- Karen K.

  • "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends.-Dan H.

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