Workers Compensation Awards

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New Year, New Rules! 2015 Commission Guidelines

With the new year in full force, some of the Workers’ Compensation Commission guidelines have changed for 2015: - Mileage reimbursement for travel to and from authorized medical treatment has increased to 57.5 cents...more

What is workers' compensation mediation?

Although an injury on the job can be inconvenient and frustrating to an Alabama employee, workers' compensation typically provides the coverage needed to obtain needed medical treatment. It also may provide payments for lost...more

Can you claim Social Security Disability as well as workers’ compensation?

Work-related injuries contribute to about 1 in 20 cases of disability, according to the Council for Disability Awareness. Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial support to Illinois workers who have suffered...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Whether Treasurer Needs Appellate Bond

Although Illinois courts are generally presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, that rule doesn’t apply when it comes time to review a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Commission. In order to initiate judicial...more

Seeking workers’ compensation in Illinois for mental health conditions

Not all employment-related injuries are physical. Stress, violence and other workplace traumas can cause mental health conditions that may render an employee unable to work. Although these injuries may not be as obvious as a...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

Can Illinois employers refuse to offer workers’ compensation?

Despite increased safety measures on the job, workplace accidents are still a common occurrence. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 154,600 employees in the state suffered a work injury during 2012. More...more

Social media increasingly used in workers’ compensation cases

Social media has become an important part of modern life. According to the New York Times, Americans spend an average of three hours per day on social media sites. These sites can build communities, reunite old friends and...more

Employee or Independent Contractor: That is the Question!

To be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker must be an employee. An independent contractor is not entitled to benefits. The fact that an employer may designate a worker as an “independent contractor”...more

How to Determine the Appropriate Rate of Pay for Attendant Care Providers

If you are an adjuster handling attendant care issues in a workers’ compensation claim, you know it can be a challenge to determine the rate of pay for an attendant care provider. The appropriate compensation rate for the...more

Paralysis and workers’ compensation

Each workplace injury presents its own set of challenges. Some of these injuries, however, present far greater challenges than others and paralysis falls into that category. State law in Illinois provides financial...more

Can I seek workers’ compensation for an injury that did not happen in Illinois?

As companies in Illinois become less localized than they once were, expanding their operations and client relationships beyond state and even national borders, workers’ compensation claims take on an added dimension of...more

Compensation Benefits- How Much Should You Get?

One of the most common questions we get is how much workers’ comp benefits am I supposed to be getting each week. The rule of thumb is that you’re supposed to get 2/3’s of your average weekly wage (AWW). Your average weekly...more

Timeline For A Work Injury

A problem we see a lot of is when a worker gets hurt at work, tells his boss like he’s supposed to but is told to give it a day or two before he goes to the company nurse or to the doctor. Another problem we see a lot is...more

Do workers' compensation claims pay for pain and suffering?

One of the trade-offs in workers’ compensation is that you receive no direct payment for pain and suffering. You’ve undoubtedly heard this phrase being used in the context of people who bring lawsuits for auto accidents,...more

Tennessee: Undocumented Worker Has Standing to Bring Retaliatory Discharge Claim

Tennessee employers take note—undocumented workers who can’t return to work because of their immigration status can still sue you for retaliatory discharge. In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Court of Appeals held...more

Shatto v. Mcleod: The “Specifics” (Or Lack Thereof) In Circumstantial Evidence

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently had its second go-around with a workers’ compensation claim filed by a nurse anesthetist against a temporary medical staffing agency and against the hospital where that agency...more

Older Injured Workers

Older employees in Nevada who have a job accident resulting in an injury, or those who have an occupational illness don't fare very well under our current workers' compensation system. For the majority of injured workers who...more

New 2% Net Present Value Rate is Effective Today (June 2014)

June 27, 2014. Perhaps not a day that will “live in infamy,” but it is important nonetheless to stakeholders of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system. Prior to June 27, 2014, all lump sum payments were commuted at a...more

Common Workplace Injuries and Financial Recovery

Have you been seriously injured on the job? As we have discussed, workplace injuries are common throughout the San Fernando Valley. Common or not, this does not mean you should not seek the financial compensation that is...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Treasurer Needs an Appeal Bond to Challenge Workers Comp Award

Although Illinois courts are courts of general jurisdiction presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, this presumption doesn’t apply to workers’ compensation proceedings. Pursuant to Section 19(f)(2) of the Workers’...more

I've got a workers' compensation claim -- do my checks stop at Maximum Medical Improvement?

If you have a workers' compensation claim which is open and you are drawing weekly checks -- either temporary total disability if you are completely out of work or temporary partial disability if you are able to work but...more

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