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Manufacturing industry: Prevent hand injuries

The human hand is the most important precision tool in manufacturing. Injured workers lawyers in Aurora know that no machine can substitute for the skill and dexterity of a trained operator....more

Lee v. M&H, Wal-Mart - Court Rejects Lent Employee's Claim Against Special Employer After Employee Obtains Worker's Compensation...

Court Rejects Lent Employee's Claim Against Special Employer After Employee Obtains Worker's Compensation Benefits From General Employer. Plaintiff Lee suffered serious injuries while performing clean-up duties during...more

Missouri Department of Insurance Enters into $1.25 Million Settlement with Nine Affiliated Insurers

Missouri insurance regulators recently announced a $1.25 million settlement with nine affiliated insurance companies as a result of a market conduct examination into their handling of workers’ compensation insurance. ...more

Will proposed workers’ comp changes help injured Illinois workers or harm them?

Workers’ compensation is designed to help injured employees recover after a trauma on the job. Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois is currently proposing a number of changes to state workers’ compensation law....more

Is your depression work-related?

Working from 8 to 5—or even longer—can be hard on the brain and the emotions. Many people in America suffer from work-related depression....more

Are you driving a defective forklift at work?

Freight shipping employees in Illinois operate tens of thousands of forklifts every day. According to a recent report released by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a well-known shipping company exposed...more

Injured Workers’ Opinions Needed NOW!!

As you know, I have been working with a group of dedicated workers’ comp attorneys to try to defeat some nasty bills that would significantly cut your benefits. Specifically, Assembly Bill 229 would require that rating...more

8 dangerous substances you may be exposed to at work

Not all workplace injuries involve falls and collisions. Some of the damage done on the job is more gradual and subtle. Many jobs in Illinois involve hazardous levels of exposure to chemicals and other harmful substances. ...more

NC Court of Appeals Finds Freight Broker Liable for Driver's Workers' Comp Claim

Motor freight brokers hold federal licenses that allow them to locate suitable transportation services for their shipper clients. Brokers never actually handle or transport the freight, but act as an intermediary to pair...more

The Pendulum We Know As Workers’ Compensation

When you’ve been in the workers compensation industry for almost 40 years, you see a lot of changes. A few decades ago, workers’ compensation was a gold mine for claimant’s attorneys. The joke then was that, to win, all a...more

How To Win Your Workers’ Compensation Case

There are many opportunities to reduce workers’ compensation liability exposure both before and after litigation commences.  Indeed, one of the best strategies for reducing costs is to develop a culture of “safety” in the...more

Florida Supreme Court Thwarts Attempt to Circumvent “Exclusive Remedy” Provision

Most states limit a worker’s remedies for work-related injuries to a workers’ compensation claim against the employer. Such "exclusive remedy" provisions codify a longstanding compromise whereby employers trade liability,...more

What Illinois workers’ comp benefits are available to families after a fatal accident?

When a worker dies after a job-related accident, the consequences can be tragic and severe for families. Workers’ compensation law offers a range of benefits for the survivors of industrial accidents....more

Is your Illinois company protecting you against a trenching injury?

Trenching is an important part of the construction industry. Unfortunately, it is also associated with an elevated rate of injury and death on the job....more

Legislative Update on Bills Affecting Injured Workers

Steve Miller ran two articles today in the Nevada Journal on the proposed legislation that would allow injured workers greater rights to choose their treating physicians.  Let’s hope that Nevada’s lawmakers read them and pay...more

Exotic Dancer Entitled to Workers’ Comp After Being Shot in Club

Addressing an issue that is being litigated around the country, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that an exotic dancer was an employee of a gentlemen’s club and is therefore entitled to workers’ compensation...more

Temporary workers at higher risk for injury

Temporary workers are an important part of many industries in America. This sort of work can be valuable for employees and families in financial need, but an Illinois workers’ comp attorney is also aware that it can bring a...more

Burns are the top worker injury in fast-food industry

Pressure on McDonald's from labor activists has highlighted the prevalence of grease burns among fast-food workers. Emerging data and official complaints are exposing the hazards faced by workers in the food service sector...more

Can I be fired for collecting workers’ compensation?

Illinois workers have the right to collect workers’ compensation when they sustain an injury out of and in the course of employment. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act gives them this right. When...more

Job-related injury, death statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 3 million cases of workplace injuries and illnesses occur in the private sector every year. Although this figure is less than half of the 6.6 million reported 20 years ago, many...more

When previous work injury flares up

Sustaining an injury in the workplace can be a trying experience for Illinois workers. Beyond the pain and fear associated with traumatic events, navigating the workers’ compensation process can also be a challenge. As any...more

Traumatic stress disorder and workers’ compensation in Illinois

A number of common occupations involve exposure to violent, disturbing or traumatic events. A Chicago workers compensation attorney knows that such experiences can sometimes lead to post-traumatic stress disorder....more

Texas High Court Confirms Exclusivity of Texas Workers’ Compensation Claim Remedy, Even for Alleged “Independent Injuries”

In a highly anticipated decision, the Texas Supreme Court emphasized its commitment to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Act (Act) to deal with and respond to claims arising out of the...more

2015 Cost of Nevada PPD Exam

Effective 2/1/15 through 1/31/16, the cost of a permanent partial disability evaluation on a Nevada workers’ compensation claim is $754.62. That is for two body parts. The cervical spine is considered one body part, the...more

The Cost of Health Care Isn’t the Price of Health Care

It’s common to use the term “cost of health care” to mean the price of health care. But there is a difference—often a huge difference....more

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