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Is my injury covered by workers' compensation?

Most employers are mandated by state law to provide insurance for their employees who are injured or become ill during the course of their employment. Many Illinois residents may not be aware that injured employees can get workers' compensation for work-related injuries, regardless of whose fault the accident was. However, it's important to know which injuries are covered by workers' compensation and which are not.

Thousands die in preventable railroad accidents annually

Thousands of trains pass through Illinois yearly and passersby rely on the rail industry to keep them safe from accidents. This means commuters, pedestrians and motorists alike all rely on the train operator to be properly licensed, the crossing gate to operate properly and warning sounds to function correctly. When this does not happen, a catastrophic crash could occur and cause the loss of many lives.

Risk of injury increases for Illinois motorcyclists in spring

Were you among other Illinois residents who eagerly awaited the results of Punxsutawney Phil's assessment of the climate, in particular, whether there would be six more weeks of winter or spring time weather would soon arrive? Groundhog Day is a national custom many people enjoy. Whether or not there is merit to the famous ground hog's weather forecast is debatable.

One thing is certain, however. Regardless of whether Phil sees or doesn't see his shadow, motorcycle enthusiasts in this state and others are ready for their springtime rides. Along with the thrill and excitement of riding a motorcycle in the open air with sun shining on your face comes a risk that you may suffer injury while riding. If you're diligent about bike maintenance and you adhere to safety regulations, you have a good chance of coming away unscathed.

Family triumphs against negligent medical professionals

No one expects it, but the truth of the matter is that even those who go to the hospital or to a medical professional to improve their health can often walk away with a worsened condition. As a result, patients often end up subjected to repeated hospital trips that cost them both financially and emotionally. As hospital bills pile up, so does the resentment towards the very people entrusted to perform their medical duties. Medical malpractice suits are one way to hold those negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions.

Damages can be recovered after personal injury

No one plans on becoming involved in a car accident or enduring property damage or personal injury. But those Illinois residents who have been in one know recovering, emotionally, physically and financially, after a crash can be a long and painful process. While some accident victims recover from their injuries, some are left with physical or emotional scars for years to come.

What damages can be recovered after a fatal car accident?

An accident impacts not only the people involved the crash, but also their loved ones. Whether one was fortunate enough to survive the crash or has left family members who are coming to terms with their loss, car accidents leave emotional and financial scars. Though it is not possible to quantify the loss a Texas resident has suffered, compensation received through a lawsuit may alleviate the financial burden associated with the accident.

Hit-and-run crash causes one fatality in Illinois

Losing someone in an unexpected car accident is tragic enough, but when the accident victim is a young child, it can be especially traumatizing for parents and loved ones who have to bury their children. The loss of a young life brings with it the loss of the promise of the future and the aspirations parents had for their children. Instead of deciding which college a teenager goes to, loved ones have to decide how to finance a funeral.

What are winter worker safety tips to avoid work accidents?

While most schools are going to remain closed in the frigid cold engulfing Chicago this week, not everyone will have the luxury of staying inside to stay safe. While experts are warning that even a few minutes of exposure to the elements may be life threatening, many will continue to work to make a living. Even when the temperature is not this cold, exposure to severe weather without proper equipment can result in the body going into shock, which might lead to death.

Whiplash is no laughing matter

Sadly, movies and television have minimized the possible severity of an injury like whiplash. This has caused many people not to take it seriously, which could make any damage worse.

If you are in a motor vehicle accident in which your head moves back and forth or side to side violently and quickly, you could suffer from whiplash, and that pain in your neck could indicate a serious injury, which is nothing to laugh at.

What is an RSI?

While many accidents that happen in the workplace yield injuries immediately, there are also some workplace injuries that occur gradually and are the result of consistent strain on one's nerves, muscles and tendons. Repetitive stress injuries are one such instance, caused by a gradual buildup of damage from performing repetitive movements. Maintaining the same posture over time, stressing the same muscle, lifting heavy objects or being in poor physical health can increase one's risk of developing an RSI.

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