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What to Do after a Construction Accident

What to Do after a Construction Accident | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

"Although most workplaces come with some inherent dangers, construction sites are especially hazardous work environments. While there are a variety of government bodies that attempt to regulate construction sites to ensure that they are safe places to work, accidents do happen. Many accidents are caused because of careless or intentional disregard for safety regulations. When these sorts of construction accidents occur, it is important to understand one’s legal options. Two potential options are filing a workers’ compensation claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit."

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Construction accidents can cause serious injuries and may even interfere with workers’ future ability to earn a living. If you have recently been injured in a construction accident, contact an Elgin construction accident attorney at Woodruff Johnson & Palermo today.

 

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Do I Need a Workers' Compensation Attorney?

Do I Need a Workers' Compensation Attorney? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, determining the benefits an injured worker is entitled to can be complicated. Many workers are unsure whether they qualify or how to go about filing claims. It can often help to enlist the aid of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who understands the legal landscape.
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If you have been injured on the job and think you might qualify for workers’ compensation, reach out to a Naperville workers’ compensation attorney today to learn more about your rights. The attorneys at Woodruff Johnson & Palermo are here to help you.

 

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If I Have a Work Injury, Do I Have to Treat with the Company Doctor?

If I Have a Work Injury, Do I Have to Treat with the Company Doctor? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
Just because a person is injured at work does not mean they have to treat with a doctor that is chosen by their employer or their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The law in Illinois regarding an injured employee’s choice of physician has become more complicated in recent years.
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If you find yourself in a position where you are interested in changing your doctor for a work injury, it may be valuable to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can determine whether a choice remains available. Contact our firm for a free, no obligation consultation by visiting www.woodrufflawyers.com or calling us at 866-891-9211.

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What Should You Do After Sustaining a Work Injury?

If you have been injured at work, you must take several steps to protect yourself and your rights to workers’ compensation benefits. It is important to speak with a lawyer – but there are several other things that you should also do as soon as possible.


1. Notify your employer of the accident

2. Obtain medical treatment

3. Notify your employer of your work status

4. File a workers' compensation claim

 

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Even if you believe that the insurance carrier is doing everything they should (paying for medical treatment and/or paying for lost wages), you should contact an attorney to confirm that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to. Contact our firm for a free, no obligation consultation at www.woodrufflawyers.com or by calling 866-891-9211.

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The Use of Waddell Signs in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Waddell’s signs are a group of physical signs designed to detect non-organic components to lower back pain. The purpose of the Waddell test is to identify patients with low back pain who may require a more detailed psychological assessment; not to identify exaggerators.

 

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If you are faced with this situation, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney who understands the purpose of Waddell signs, understands the true meaning of positive Waddell findings and knows what questions to ask the IME physician during cross examination.

 

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Parking Lot Injuries - YouTube

There is a general assumption that work injuries must occur "at work" and "during regular work hours" in order for an individual to be eligible for workers' ...
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What happens if you are injured after you clock out from your shift? What happens if you are injured on your way into work? What happens if you are injured while on a lunch break or smoking break?

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WJ&P June Newsletter

WJ&P June Newsletter | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

Check out our newsletter: recent settlements, informational articles, community outreach, and announcements!

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Historical Perspective

Historical Perspective | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
We had the pleasure of recently attending and presenting at a local Union Summit put on by the AFL-CIO. We talked about the many changes in the Illinois Workers' Compensation...
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Thanks to unionized labor and the implementation of the workers' compensation laws, the work environment in Illinois has become a lot safer over the past 100 years.

 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER SUSTAINING A WORK INJURY?

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER SUSTAINING A WORK INJURY? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
If you have been injured at work, you must take several steps to protect yourself and your rights to workers' compensation benefits. It is important to speak with a lawyer...
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Workers' compensation in Illinois is a no-fault law. You are eligible to receive benefits even if your actions contributed to your injury or occupational illness. Read our recent blog to learn the steps you should take if you are injured on the job.

 

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PIZZA, PACKAGES, AND PETUNIAS: THE DELIVERY WORKER'S RISK OF INJURY

PIZZA, PACKAGES, AND PETUNIAS: THE DELIVERY WORKER'S RISK OF INJURY | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

"Most people take for granted the plight of the delivery person. Especially when, observing the heavy snow or extreme cold, we make that easy phone call to the local pizza parlor so that we can have a nice comfortable and warm dinner at home safe from the treacherous conditions outside.The people who deliver that pizza or our packages encounter some of the worst weather conditions, not only while driving, but also when bringing that package to the front door of homes or offices. Whether driving or walking, if you are injured when making a delivery..."

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If you are a delivery person and you have suffered an injury, you need to contact an injury lawyer immediately. There are many potential pitfalls that may damage your ability to bring forth a case that only an injury attorney can appreciate. Even if you think you might not have a case, consult an injury attorney to make sure your rights are adequately being protected.Contact an attorney at Woodruff Johnson & Palermo for a free consultation at 866-891-9211.

 

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Workers' Compensation for Injured Cab Drivers: Are you Covered?

Workers' Compensation for Injured Cab Drivers: Are you Covered? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

"Driving a taxi is one of the most hazardous occupations in America. Cab drivers spend the entire work-shift navigating the bustling streets and highways of major metropolitan areas and thus are subject to an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. Back, neck and shoulder injuries from loading and unloading passengers' luggage and packages are also common..."

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Have you been injured on the job and have a workers’ compensation claim? Call the work site injury attorneys at Woodruff, Johnson Palermo in Chicago, Aurora and Champaign, Illinois 877-202-4221 toll free. Visit us at www.woodrufflawyers.com.

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OSHA’s Role in Reducing Occupational Injuries,info graphic

OSHA’s Role in Reducing Occupational Injuries,info graphic | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

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If you or a loved one suffered a work injury please contact us for a free initial consultation and at absolutely no future obligation to you at http://www.woodrufflawyers.com/

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THE VARIOUS NUANCES BETWEEN WORKERS' COMPENSATION & PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

THE VARIOUS NUANCES BETWEEN WORKERS' COMPENSATION & PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
One question that often comes up with clients that have a work injury is what the difference is between a workers' compensation claim and a personal injury claim. Many clients,...
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Roadmap for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim in Illinois

Roadmap for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim in Illinois | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

"Workers’ compensation is an insurance plan set up under Illinois law to provide benefits for Illinois workers who have been injured in the course of their employment. The basic steps to filing a claim are seeking medical help, notifying the employer of the injury, and filing an application with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Failing to file a claim properly or missing a deadline may result in a full or partial loss of compensation for an injury."

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The workers’ compensation process can be complex. You do not have to go through it alone. Contact an experienced St. Charles workers’ compensation attorney today for help filing your claim. The professionals at Woodruff Johnson & Palermo are here to make sure that you receive the fair compensation that you are entitled to.

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Involving Illinois Employee Classification Act

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Involving Illinois Employee Classification Act | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
The Illinois Employee Classification Act governs the classification of persons working in the construction industry.  The Act imposes penalties for improperly classifying persons as independent contractors when they should be classified as employees.  Under the Act, individuals performing services for construction contractors are presumed to be employees of the contractor.   Nevertheless, if an individual... Read more »
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What Is an Independent Medical Examination and Do I Have to Attend?

What Is an Independent Medical Examination and Do I Have to Attend? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
First, an injured worker in Illinois should be aware that under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, the injured worker has the right to treat with their own physician. Just because a person was injured at work, does not mean that the person has to treat with the company doctor. (The specifics and potential limitations of treating doctors will be the topic of a later blog post.) However, there is one instance where an injured worker will need to visit a doctor that was chosen by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for their employer and that is the Independent Medical Examination (IME) or Section 12 Examination.
Woodruff Johnson & Palermo's insight:

Injured workers who find themselves in a situation where an IME report has resulted in further treatment being denied should contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.

 

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Where Can I File a Claim? Illinois Jurisdiction for Truck Drivers

Where Can I File a Claim? Illinois Jurisdiction for Truck Drivers | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, there are three ways to establish Illinois jurisdiction. Those three ways are: (1) if the injury occurred in Illinois; (2) if the contract for hire occurred in Illinois; or (3) if the injured worker’s employment was “principally localized” within Illinois. Pursuant to the statute, only one of these factors has to exist.
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Like truck drivers, there are many other occupations that are transient in nature and this causes issues regarding what state has jurisdiction over a workers’ compensation claim. If your occupation is transient in nature and you are interested in filing a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois, you should contact Woodruff Johnson & Palermo at 866-891-9211 or at www.woodrufflawyers.com/contact.

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My Doctor Says I Should Go Back to Work on Light Duty Now What?

My Doctor Says I Should Go Back to Work on Light Duty Now What? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

Oftentimes following an injury, an employee will have some kind of work restrictions put in place by their doctor. When this takes place, the employee should provide the work status note to their employer. The ball is then in the employer’s court, and they can decide whether to accommodate the restrictions and provide light duty work, or not accommodate the restrictions, in which case Temporary Total Disability benefits must be paid.

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Did workplace head injury cause aneurysm 5 months later?

Did workplace head injury cause aneurysm 5 months later? | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
A worker was injured when he was hit on the head with a heavy object. Five months later he required emergency surgery for an aneurysm. Were the two events related? Would the worker receive permanent and total disability ...
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If you have concerns regarding total disability, please contact our offices today. We have offices in Aurora, Champaign and on N. LaSalle St. in downtown Chicago. Call us toll free at 866-891-9211 to schedule an appointment or visit us at www.woodrufflawyers.com.

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WJ&P Newsletter

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Check out our newsletter: recent settlements, informational articles, community outreach, and announcements!

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Pre-existing Conditions & Work Injuries

Too often, we hear people tell us that they aggravated an old injury or condition at work but did nothing about it because they assumed it would not be cover...
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HOW WORKING TWO JOBS CAN AFFECT A WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM

HOW WORKING TWO JOBS CAN AFFECT A WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
Times are tough. Shorter hours. Lower wages. Higher bills. Many people must work more than one job to make ends meet. What some people do not know, and what many...
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The average weekly wage (AWW) forms the basis of an injured worker's benefits. If the worker has multiple jobs, the income from all jobs can be used when calculating the AWW. If you suffered from a work injury, it is important to contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney to ensure you receive the maximum amount of benefits that you are entitled to.

 

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PROTECTION UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT FOR TRAVELING EMPLOYEES

PROTECTION UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT FOR TRAVELING EMPLOYEES | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
I drove south on I-57 last week to appear before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission on behalf of several injured workers from central Illinois. I encountered treacherous road conditions as...
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As a traveling employee, if you can show that your actions were reasonable and foreseeable at the time of the accident, your injuries will be deemed “work related."

 

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FMLA VS. WORKERS' COMPENSATION: HOW THESE TWO LAWS CAN BOTH BENEFIT AN INJURED WORKER

FMLA VS. WORKERS' COMPENSATION: HOW THESE TWO LAWS CAN BOTH BENEFIT AN INJURED WORKER | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it

"Often times when I am speaking with clients, I'm asked about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These clients either want to use FMLA time themselves or their employer is asking that they fill out paperwork regarding FMLA. It can be confusing when the employee is trying to pursue a workers' compensation claim..."

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If you or a loved one suffered a work injury please contact us for a free initial consultation and at absolutely no future obligation to you  at www.woodrufflawyers.com

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Don't Sink Because You Don't Want to Rock the Boat

Don't Sink Because You Don't Want to Rock the Boat | WORKERS' COMPENSATION | Scoop.it
One of the most common concerns of injured employees who are considering filing a Workers' Compensation claim is that they will be terminated for doing so. However, filing a Workers'...
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