Every year, numerous Illinois residents are diagnosed with cancer. Those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma may have workers' compensation claims on their hands, even if they are no longer in the job force. This particular type of cancer, which typically results from exposure to toxic substances, can take years to develop or for a person to become symptomatic. So, someone may be exposed decades before they become sick.
In some cases, injured workers have grounds to pursue damage recovery through the civil justice system. One such case in Illinois, due to go to trial in June, was recently concluded when the injured worker accepted a mediated settlement of $1.2 million. A $750,000 workers' compensation lien held by the injured worker's direct employer was waived as a part of the process.
Every day, millions of Illinois residents get up, go to work and hope they make it through their shifts without incident. Unfortunately, some end up getting hurt or sick while on-the-job or as a result of their job. When an employee is injured on the job, filing for workers' compensation benefits seems to be a no brainer, but few people tend to think about applying for these benefits if they get sick. Certain occupational diseases are covered under workers' compensation.
Work injuries happen every day in the United States. No field of employment is immune, though, and some see more work-related injuries and fatalities than others. According to a recently published article, those who work the following jobs in Illinois or elsewhere are more likely to suffer significant or fatal injuries.
There are many people who see some truly awful things while on the job. Emergency responders, law enforcement and medical staff see such things daily. There are also other Illinois residents who are subjected to violence in their places of work, which may leave them psychologically scarred. Psychological damage can affect one's life personally and professionally. Is such trauma covered under workers' compensation?
When Illinois residents think of work-related injuries, they think of big things, big events that cause a person to suffer significant physical losses. Not all work injuries are like this, though. Sometimes, it is the little things that can add up over time that can cause a person to experience a great deal of pain. Let's look at repetitive stress injuries as an example. Yes, such injuries are covered under workers' compensation.
Every year, too many Illinois residents suffer injuries while on the job. Every year, too many of these individuals end up getting very little in compensation. The simple truth is that the amount being paid in workers' compensation benefits, in general, is less than it used to be.
If injured on the job, Illinois residents expect to be taken care of. Most employers are required to offer workers' compensation coverage, which is a good thing. The bad thing is many people struggle to gain access to this benefit, and those who do often find the coverage granted them is insufficient for their needs. When workers' comp coverage is denied or fails to cover one's losses, it may be possible to appeal.
A scenario featuring a work-related accident or injury is scary for any Illinois or Missouri employee.
In Illinois, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered on the job or otherwise “in the course of employment.” An injury sustained while clocked in at work is a pretty clear case of eligibility for benefits, but injuries in other contexts are less obvious.