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Repetitive Stress Injuries, a common workplace injury

While many Illinois residents may be under the impression that the only workers susceptible to getting repetitive stress injuries are those who work at computers for long periods of time, this is not the case. As winter approaches, construction workers should also be aware that they are risk for succumbing to these types of injuries due to the nature of their work and the climate they will be working in.

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) can be caused by a number of work conditions, including computer use. However, construction workers are exposed to extreme cold for long periods of time and also to vibration from the machines they operate. For example, construction workers stand outside and use power tools all day long for many hours a day, which makes them more prone to becoming injured. Actually anyone who is working in similar conditions can be at risk for RSI.

Nursing home neglect led to serious injuries and fines

Nursing homes are legally bound to provide their residents with a high standard of care and to take care of their individual needs. This could range from helping them perform daily tasks such as changing clothes and brushing hair to more advanced needs, such as helping people walk or take medications. In order to achieve these standards, nursing homes must be well staffed and their staff must exercise the necessary care when dealing with the residents. Unfortunately, four nursing homes in our state failed to live up to this obligation between July and September, and were fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a result.

Two of the facilities were fined for committing type-A violations and was fined $25,000 as a result. A type-A violation is the second most serious type of violation and it means that there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm or mental injury either took place or would take place. The state claimed the facility failed to cater to a resident's special dietary needs, and the resident choked on food and ultimately died. The second facility was accused of failing to keep a resident safe while riding in the facility's van -- the resident suffered broken bones and a head injury after falling from the van while in a wheelchair.

Fatal motorcycle accident results in one death

One of the common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a vehicle they are trying to overtake does not notice them and ends up striking them as a result. For example, a vehicle turning right does not notice the motorcycle in their blind spot and hits them as a result. This is similar to what officials claim happened in a recent crash in Illinois involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle.

According to the sheriff of the county the accident took place in, a 59-year-old man was traveling southbound when he tried to overtake a number of vehicles ahead of him. He managed to pass a truck and a trailer, but hit the door of a vehicle being driven by a 29-year-old man turning into a private drive. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Deer, flying objects and otherway Illinois road dangers

Every time you get behind the wheel to drive in Illinois, you no doubt expect to safely reach your destination. While you may be aware that there is always a risk involved with traveling by motor vehicle, you also understand that you improve your own safety by adhering to traffic regulations and remaining alert and cautious while driving.  

There may be nothing you can do to avoid a collision if a sudden danger arises. You already recognize the dangers of drunk driving and traveling at excessive speeds. There are other, less-thought about dangers though that may be cause just as much damage if you are caught off-guard while driving. If you suffer injury because a branch falls off a tree and hits your roof, it may not be anyone's fault; however, if someone is texting while driving and hits you, you'll want to know where to seek support.  

Construction accident kills one, injures another

When a worker gets to work in the morning, they expect to spend the day working hard to earn money for their family and to return to them at the end of the day. They bid goodbye to their family members with the same expectation, so when a worker does not return home after the day ends, it can emotionally wreck the family members who thought the day would be like any other.

For example, a construction accident in Illinois recently killed one and critically injured another when a steel beam fell at the site. According to the police spokesperson, the crew was working to unload steel beams with the help of a crane when one fell on two workers. It was around 30 feet in the air when the rigging supporting it failed and it fell.

Are all injuries covered by workers' compensation insurance?

Illinois residents may be aware that most employers are supposed to carry workers' compensation insurance to protect workers if they have suffered from an injury related to their work. Workers compensation allows them to recover lost wages and other costs associated with the work-related incident. But, it is important to know that workers' compensation does not cover every type of injury.

The most important requirement for an injury to be covered by workers' compensation is that the injury should be sustained during the course of one's employment or while the injured worker was doing something on behalf of their employer. Though it is easy to lump together all injuries sustained in the workplace as compensable, this is not necessarily the case -- if the injury resulted from horseplay or while the employee was on break it might not be covered.

How common is sepsis in nursing homes?

Deciding to put an elderly loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision to make, but it makes the emotional strain easier to bear when one knows family members are getting the care and attention they need. However, recent surveys and investigations are reporting a disturbing trend -- nursing homes across the country are not doing enough to prevent bedsores and other infections that led to sepsis.

Sepsis is an infection that can turn deadly if it is not cared for properly. According to a federal report, one of the main reasons nursing home residents are transported to hospitals is sepsis and deaths are more common from such hospitalizations compared to other conditions. Another study conducted by a private healthcare data firm found that 25,000 people a year suffered from sepsis. In Illinois, 6,000 nursing home residents were hospitalized for sepsis and 1 in 5 died as a result.

Your accident was days ago: Why does your head still hurt?

The day you were driving along an Illinois roadway and another car hit you may have started out like any typical day. Perhaps you were on your way home from work or traveling to one of your children's sporting events. Even if you saw signs of potential danger before the crash took place, there might not have been anything you could have done to avoid it.  

Average days can turn to tragedies in the blink of an eye. Since you survived and are feeling well enough to read this blog post, you hopefully have begun the path toward a full recovery. However, the problem with the sudden impact of a motor vehicle collision is that head trauma often occurs but is not always immediately apparent. If you aren't feeling well and days have passed since your accident, you might have an injury you were not aware of at the scene.  

Transportation accidents most dangerous work incident

Illinois residents are hard-working individuals, who take the responsibilities and obligations that come along with their employment seriously. This is why they expect their employers to take those obligations just as seriously and provide them with a safe working environment in which they can complete their tasks, whether that be in an office space or in a construction site. When this duty is not fulfilled, workplace accidents can take place that can seriously injure a worker. In those instances, workers' compensation may be available to provide financial assistance to cover medical costs.

Across the country, there was a 7 percent increase in the number of fatal workplace injuries between 2015 and 2016 -- from 4,836 to 5,190. This demonstrates a third consecutive increase in workplace fatalities and also the first time more than 5,000 injuries have been reported since 2008. In Illinois alone, there were 171 workplace fatalities, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for injuries after a crash?

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a personal injury case against a negligent driver who has caused someone physical injuries and property damage in a car accident, as discussed in last week's post. Not only is this because witness recollections can get murky and tire tracks fade away, it is also because the legal statute of limitations runs out, preventing someone from exercising their legal right.

Though accident victims may be busy recuperating from their injuries, part of the process could also include getting closure. While questions will always remain as to how a driver could be so reckless with the lives of everyone on the road and frustration will mount when looking at one's visible scars, closure can help victims hold the responsible driver accountable for their actions, even though the victim may not think that their injuries are compensable. The lawyers at Becker, Scroader and Chapman PC are committed to getting justice for their clients and fight for their rights extensively for this end.

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