December 2013


Cahokia teacher afraid to return to work after altercation with student | Education | News Democrat.

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Interesting question whether this is an Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim. She was threatened and has developed PTSD.
Mental cases are difficult to win under Illinois law, but this is more than a typical job stress case.

Extra alarm fire hits Evanston – chicagotribune.com.

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This is a Workers’ Compensation injury. The firefighter is entitled to paid medical treatment, off work pay and a settlement for his injuries.

But the Angel said to them,”Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Enjoy the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas!

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What if you go to a Holiday party sponsored by your employer and get hurt?

Can you claim benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation law?

As a matter of logic you might think you should be able to get workers’ compensation benefits.

You are attending the party to promote the good will of your company.

You are in a hotel lobby having some holiday cheer, listening with rapt attention to your boss’s jokes, and your coworker bumps into you and knocks you down a flight of stairs. Your fall results in broken ribs and and a fractured wrist. You end up with an ambulance bill, emergency room charges, and surgery expenses.

Under Workers’ Compensation law if you are entitled to coverage you will have your bills paid, time off work pay, and a settlement for your broken ribs and fractured wrist.

The problem is that the Illinois Workers’ Compensation law prevents recovery for injuries at employer sponsored recreational events unless they have required attendance.

It does not matter if the boss will be upset if you ignore the party, or if you will be considered a social outcast.

The injured worker will have to prove that attendance is mandatory. This may be difficult unless you have something in writing that provides that attendance is mandatory, or some witnesses who will testify that the boss said that you must show up.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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Your Stories | NSW For All.

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Some interesting stories. Not that unusual. Gives you a flavor of what happens in the real world of Work Comp.

2 hurt in Alsip plant explosion – chicagotribune.com.

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Illinois Workers’ Compensation injuries near Chicago area.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Explosion Killed 2 Workers and Injured 80 People.

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This is precisely why they have all the health and safety standards to prevent death and serious injuries.

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