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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.

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

Accident victims have a lot on their plate after they have been involved in a crash. The emotional toll is heavy enough, not to add the financial one. While one is trying to come to terms with their experience and trauma, they are also likely to be dealing with medical bills and might even be losing out on wages due to time off from work because of the injury. Holding the negligent driver accountable for their role in causing the car accident is probably the last thing on an Illinois accident victim's mind, but it should be at the forefront because not acting in a timely manner can extinguish the legal right to sue.

Every state has a time limit within which a legal case can be filed. Known as the statute of limitations, it exists to protect both the accused, from constantly looking over their back for fear of a lawsuit and the victim, by allowing them to get the compensation or justice they deserve. In Illinois, two different time limits exist for personal injury claims.

Can a medical device implantation lead to injuries?

Though it is unfortunate, it not uncommon for an Illinois resident to go to a doctor get better and walk away with a worsened condition. Five such people were profiled for a Netflix documentary that sheds lights on medical mistakes that have led to serious personal injury. Titled 'The Bleeding Edge', the documentary highlights the unregulated world of medical device implants.

Procedures such as hip implant surgery are quite common but not many know that neurological problems may result if the device is not functioning properly. One of the patients focused on in the documentary was in the middle of a mental health crisis without any explanation until tests revealed that his metal-hip-op-hip placement device was leaking metal sludge. The device was removed and his mental health symptoms abated.

Taking a walk shouldn't land you in a hospital

If you are traveling from point A to point B and you are not inside some type of vehicle, then you are a pedestrian. Even if you're on a bicycle, you're still a pedestrian, not a motorist, at the time. Sadly, since 2016, there's been a significant increase in collisions involving pedestrians. If you and your family enjoying walking in your community, you'll want to update yourselves on current data, including ideas for improving pedestrian safety.

Distracted and otherwise negligent drivers are menaces to Illinois roadways. They often fail to focus on the road, which can place you, as a pedestrian at great risk for injury. Accident investigators often determine accidents involving people walking or riding bicycles to have been entirely preventable. If a reckless driver hits you, there's no reason you should have to bear the financial strain associated with the incident. 

Proposed changes to Illinois workers' comp bill vetoed

Workers' compensation insurance exists to facilitate work accident victims by providing them with financial assistance to cover their medical bills and lost wages without having to prove fault. In theory, it should be a straightforward concept -- a worker becomes injured, informs their employer and begins the workers' compensation claim procedure and receives medical attention while compensation begins to come in. While this may be the case sometimes, the reality is that benefits often get delayed and injured workers suffer in the intervening period.

Lawmakers are attempting to address this imbalance in Illinois recently by proposing amendments to the workers' compensation bill. The proposed changes would have allowed interest payments to be collected on delayed payment during a dispute between insurers and medical service providers. According to the governor, who vetoed the changes and sent the bill back with further recommendations, the changes would not enact meaningful change. Instead, by allowing medical providers to take insurers to court for any dispute over costs, the cost and time involved in settling the claim would increase.

Can an amusing trend cause a deadly auto accident?

Turn on the radio and Chicago residents are likely to hear Drake's song 'In My Feelings' blaring from most channels. The song has spurred a social media movement-- people have begun taking videos of them jumping out of their vehicles in traffic while dancing to the song just to post them online. As one can imagine, jumping out of a moving vehicle can have serious repercussions for everyone on the road, not just for the jumper.

The #InMyFeelings challenge is being taken seriously by all authorities, with the National Transportation Safety Bureau going as far as to issue warnings about the dangers of distracted driving. The Bureau investigates highway accidents along with aviation and railroad ones, and the chief of safety advocate reminded drivers that motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of fatalities in the country. NTSB also reminded drivers that distracted driving can be deadly and a driver's main focus should be on their vehicle, not on completing a challenge that could result in serious injuries or even death. That's not to say the challenge should not be completed, but just on the nation's roadways or highways. Other states are also issuing warnings to drivers, with some offering a twist on the song's main line-going from 'Kiki, are you riding?' to 'Kiki, are you driving? Then buckle up..'

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