September 2013


Low Back Pain Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

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One of the most common workers’ compensation injuries involves the back. Surgery is not often used as treatment.

2013 – 09/24/2013 – Judge orders S.E.M. Villa II to pay back wages to whistleblower who reported bedbugs at Milford, Ohio, retirement home.

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Another good example of what not to do.
You cannot fire someone for reporting health and safety violations.

In Illinois, Workers’ Compensation cases have dropped dramatically in the last 2 years.

This is based on the number of cases filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and from the drop off in the number of unrepresented injured workers settling their cases at dockets throughout Illinois.

Here are some educated guesses about why the cases have decreased.

The economy is still down. So the number of people who are working and may be injured on the job has decreased.

If you are injured, then you may be afraid that you will lose your job if you file a claim.

Insurance companies are taking advantage of uninformed people and telling them that their case has no value or that they have no case at all.

Here is what you can do if you are injured.

Make sure you report your injury to your supervisor.

You cannot be fired for reporting your injury and any related safety issues.

OSHA protects you.

Illinois law also protects you from discrimination if you file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

Make sure that you review anything the insurance company tells you with an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney.

There is no cost to review your case. A lawyer is only paid at the end of your case if they recover for you.

You may be leaving money on the table if you do not follow up on what the insurance company tells you.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Hits to the Head Don’t Differ With Age, Research Indicates – NYTimes.com.

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Should be more research on work place head injuries also.
In the work place there is often no head protection so the blow to the head is unprotected and leads to similar problems as in sports injuries.

ST. LOUIS: Sinkhole swallows St. Louis garbage truck | Missouri News | News Democrat.

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Assuming that the driver was injured, then this would definitely be a compensable Workers’ Compensation case in Illinois. Unusual accidents do not mean that your are denied benefits.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – OH Man Sentenced For Working While Receiving Workers' Comp.

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You cannot receive temporary total disability and work.
In Illinois, you can receive temporary partial disability and work. The key is keeping the insurance company informed.

Patients with back pain often get the wrong treatment.

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This is certainly a controversial area in Illinois Workers’ Compensation law. Many insurance companies will send an injured worker to an independent medical exam to stop what they view as excessive treatment. The problem is that this often results in no treatment at all.

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