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The health and safety challenges of health care workers

While no one in Illinois has yet to be diagnosed with Ebola, the executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said that the infection of at least one hospital worker in Texas shows that better protection is needed for health care workers. The executive director also said that better safety programs are needed because health care professionals face many potentially fatal hazards on a regular basis.

Medical benefits in workers' compensation claims

Each year, many people are injured in workplace accidents in Illinois. Employers in the state are required to carry workers' compensation coverage in order to protect employees that are injured while working on the job. Workers' compensation in turn is designed to compensate employees for associated expenses caused by the injuries.

Workers' compensation matters in Illinois

While a worker who is injured on the job is entitled to seek benefits based on the state's workers' compensation law, it may be important to have all aspects of a claim evaluated to ensure that thorough consideration is given by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. This entity oversees decisions, making approvals or denials. Accurate and efficient reporting is one of many issues to consider in making sure that your claim portrays the extent of the impact an injury has had on your daily living and ability to work.

Back injuries in the workplace

As many workers in Illinois may know, overexertion is a leading cause of back injury. This may decrease the quality of life previously enjoyed by its sufferers. Some jobs predispose the worker to lower back injuries. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, work that involves forceful lifting and pushing or pulling is most likely to result in back injury. Using a jackhammer that causes body vibration is another common source. Generally, studies confirm that improper movement, abrupt slip and fall, additive trauma and unexpected exertion were often noted as leading causes of back pain and injury.

Federal court says preapproval for medical treatment illegal

Illinois workers, according to a recent federal court decision, have the right to seek medical treatment for work-related injuries without asking for approval. While the company might appeal the decision, the court said giving the company advance notice would not help them maintain safety in the workplace. In addition, the argument that this pretreatment notification would provide helpful information would be better served afterward, the judge said.

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