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July 2015 Archives

Can PTSD be covered as a workplace illness?

When it comes to pursuing workers' compensation claims in Illinois, effectively proving that you sustained a physical injury is generally much easier than illustrating an eligible mental health condition. Unfortunately, the complex nature of diagnosing many mental health problems makes it difficult to achieve full compensation for such workplace illnesses. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, for instance, can have a large variety of contributing factors and triggers, severely complicating the process of linking your PTSD to workplace conditions.

Worker dies in overnight forklift accident

Late work hours, insufficient training and employee inexperience are all factors that are known to contribute to Illinois workplace accidents and injuries. It is for that reason that it is the responsibility of employers and worksite managers to ensure that their employees have the necessary training and resources in order to perform their duties safely and effectively at all times. In the event that an employer does not implement proper health or safety measures, employees can be placed at a serious risk of injury or even death in some cases.

Workers' compensation benefits for federal employees

As a federal employee, you are probably familiar with the fact that the federal government handles many different types of employment processes differently than Illinois employers in the private sector. For instance, the government maintains its own program for reviewing and providing workers' compensation benefits for federal employees. We here at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, L.L.C., are well acquainted with how the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation program functions, and we advocate on behalf of our clients and federal employees to ensure that they have access to the compensation that they are entitled to.

Brain injury treatments and developments

Brain injuries are some of the most complex and difficult types of injuries to treat because there is still so much about the brain and neurological functions that doctors and scientists still don't understand. The nature and severity of brain injuries can vary significantly from patient to patient, and can depend upon everything from the patient's age to the amount of time that lapsed between an injury incident and medical response. Still, available medical interventions to treat brain injuries are expanding and improving every day.

Job misclassification compromises access to workers' comp

Illinois state and federal guidelines establish strict mandates for employers, forcing them to maintain workers' comp insurance for their employees in many cases. Some employers are exempt; however, as they do not have to provide independent contractors with many of the same benefits as they do for their own workers. Consequently, a growing number of employers are attempting to cut costs and evade the law by misclassifying employees as contractors.

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