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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

Pregnant women receive protection in the workplace from new Illinois law

Chicago workers comp lawyers knows that working mothers are a crucial part of the country’s economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of American mothers with children under 18 were active in the...more

What kinds of medical records do I need for my workers’ compensation claim?

Medical records represent an important part of the process of obtaining workers’ compensation in Illinois. Workers’ compensation is an entitlement to benefits, owed by the employer, when a worker is injured out of and in the...more

OWCP on Verge of Amending Regulations to Include Electronic Submissions

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Department of Labor Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) filed in the Federal Register (Volume 80, No. 48) a direct final rule and request for comments with regard to changes to OWCP...more

Seeking workers’ compensation in Illinois for deafness

Hearing loss on the job is a serious problem for millions of American workers. Illinois workplace accident attorneys can name many industries where noise exposure is a major health hazard. A number of businesses have begun...more

Will Illinois create a hazardous materials training law?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in 30 workers in America reported a disabling work-related illness or injury in 2012. Many of these disabilities are caused by exposure to hazardous materials....more

Choose Your Doctor Legislation: Need Testimony and Letters

Nevada injured workers can do something about the current law that limits their choice of treating doctors to those on their industrial insurers’ provider lists. The Nevada Chiropractic Association has sponsored a bill, AB...more

High court rules immigration status does not affect workers’ compensation eligibility

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more than 11 million foreign-born workers in America are undocumented or have irregular immigration status. All Illinois employees have a legal right to workers’...more

Help! Prevent Terrible Changes to Work Comp

The Nevada legislature meets only every other year, and this year doesn’t look good for the changes that could gut benefits for Nevada’s injured workers. The amendment so many of us committed work comp attorneys hoped would...more

NC Court of Appeals Sets New Precedent for Employers

Yesterday, in a precedent setting opinion, Gonzalez v. Tidy Maids, Inc. et al., the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that when an employer has accepted a claim for benefits by filing a Form 63 and fails to contest the...more

Illinois worker still eligible for workers’ compensation after fired for theft

Disabling accidents are tragically common among warehouse workers in Illinois. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5 percent of full-time warehouse employees suffer a serious workplace injury every year....more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (2/15)

No. 13-0484, American Star Energy & Minerals Corp. v. Stowers -- This case involves the statute of limitations for a claim that individual partners must satisfy an unpaid contract debt of the partnership. ...more

Let It Snow

An accident or injury that happens on the commute to work is usually not considered workers’ compensation. A worker is only protected if they have reached the parking lot or the near proximity of their workplace and come...more

Keyboard Options for Injured Workers with CTS or Other Hand Injuries

I asked Laurie Clemens, director of the Professional Institute of Technology & Accounting (PITA)  here in Las Vegas, what keyboard options she has tried when retraining injured workers with hand or arm injuries that make...more

Compensation for injured federal employees

Alabama employees who work for the federal government are covered by the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, a law that governs the conduct of their employer towards them in the case of a work-related injury. Injuries that...more

4 tips on how to handle a workplace injury

In the immediate aftermath of a workplace injury, workers may be shocked and traumatized, worrying about their physical health and the possible future of their families. Employees in Illinois have the right to medical care...more

One work accident; multiple defendants; different substantive laws

The choice of law provisions contained in legislation governing injuries to workers in force across the nation are complex and often difficult to apply. While their purpose is to enable a determination to be made on the...more

Sorry, Honey! What's Mine is Not Yours.

In Iowa, an employer directs medical care in an accepted workplace injury and may lawfully deny treatment unrelated to the injury. In a recent case, Hoyt v. Wendling Quarries and United Heartland, treatment was found...more

Can I see my own doctor if I have suffered a work injury?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in 30 American employees faced a work-related injury or illness in 2012. A workplace accident can be traumatic and disruptive. If you are hurt on the job, Illinois...more

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