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Those who work these jobs more likely to get hurt -- or worse

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.

Is PTSD covered under workers' compensation?

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?

Yes, RSIs are 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.

Workers' compensation payouts less than they used to be

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.

Was your workers' compensation claim denied? Appeal

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.

Can you get workers’ comp benefits if hurt while commuting?

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.

Nature of interstate living can present workers' comp challenges

The Mighty Mississippi separates Illinois and Missouri. The waterway doesn't stand as a barrier to travel between the two states most of the year; spring flooding time being the exception to the rule, perhaps. Generally, those who live on one side of the river and work on the other think little about making the daily commute.

Danger levels can be high in sanitation work

Sanitation workers can face significant safety risks when performing their duties. This includes risks of getting harmed by distracted drivers when out on their pickup routes. Just how high danger levels can get for such workers can be seen in federal workplace fatality data.

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