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The workers’ compensation system in Illinois aims to support employees who suffer injuries at work. A crucial aspect of this system is the injured worker’s ability to seek treatment, which is governed by rules that balance employee rights with the interests of employers and their insurance carriers.
Understanding these rules is essential for effectively navigating the workers’ compensation claim process and ensuring injured workers make informed decisions about their medical care.
Right to choose a provider
One of the critical rights afforded to injured workers in Illinois is the choice of healthcare provider. This empowers employees to seek treatment from
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Esta es una pregunta que podría venir a la mente de un trabajador o de sus seres queridos al momento de iniciar con su proceso de reclamación del seguro para trabajadores lesionados o en cuanto las cosas empiezan a complicarse. Sea cual sea el caso, la compensación que obtenga es la que hará la diferencia para que usted pueda obtener los recursos necesarios y así atender sus lesiones causadas por sus actividades laborales.
El inicio del proceso
Por ley, casi todos los empleados contratados por un empleador en Illinois tienen acceso a los beneficios del seguro de compensación para trabajadores.
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Almost every employee working for a company in Illinois has protection available through workers’ compensation coverage. If they get hurt on the job, they can file a claim for both medical benefits and disability benefits. Workers’ compensation can pay for someone’s treatment and may also cover the wages someone cannot earn because of their injury.
In theory, workers’ compensation should not be an adversarial process that pits a worker against their employer. The parties should cooperate. Unfortunately, many workers find the process difficult to navigate and could be at risk of an unfavorable outcome. Despite being able to file a
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Workplace accidents can occur when you least expect them. Few people anticipate getting injured on the job, but when it happens, it’s crucial to know what steps to take next.
How you handle a workplace injury can help to determine both how well you’ll heal and if you’ll be able to make a successful workers’ compensation claim.
Who qualifies for workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a statewide insurance program that’s a crucial safety net for employees who sustain injuries while on the job. It offers medical benefits and wage replacement to employees injured during their employment. To qualify for workers’
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Cuando se enfrenta a una lesión relacionada con el trabajo, tomar las medidas adecuadas desde el principio es crucial. Le ofrecemos una guía rápida a través de los pasos iniciales que debe seguir después de haber sufrido un accidente en el trabajo.
Pasos iniciales después de un accidente
Lo primero que debe hacer después de un accidente laboral es buscar atención médica de inmediato (enlace en inglés). Su salud es lo más importante, y recibir atención médica oportuna puede acelerar su recuperación y evitar complicaciones posteriores. Comunique sus lesiones al profesional médico para que puedan proporcionarle el tratamiento adecuado.
Informe
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The abuse and neglect of the elderly is disturbingly common across Illinois.
The abuse and neglect of our elders – both at home and in residential care facilities – is a nationwide, systemic problem. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, an estimated one out of every 10 seniors will experience some form of abuse at the hands of a caregiver, relative, friend, fellow nursing home resident, acquaintance or stranger. Perhaps most troubling is the fact that, for every reported instance of abuse or neglect of an elder, there are up to 23 events that aren’t reported.
Abuse Comes In Many
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This fall and winter, it is important to recognize weather hazards and to drive accordingly. Dangerous conditions include rain, fog, snow and ice.
The scenery across highways in Illinois during autumn and winter is known for being picturesque. However, foggy meadows and frost-covered trees also signal one of the most dangerous times of the year, when it comes to driving. It is important for drivers to understand the hazards they may face during the colder months, as well as how to drive in poor weather conditions.
Adverse weather plays a significant role in accidents across the country, according to the
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Medication errors can lead to serious outcomes. Many times, they happen at the hands of doctors and medical personnel and could have been prevented.
Much debate surrounds the term “medical error,” although some cases are clear-cut. For instance, a doctor amputating someone’s right leg when the left leg should have been taken off should normally be a straightforward case. When it comes to medication and medication errors in Illinois, many scenarios are self-evident as well.
Getting an overdose
Sloppy handwriting by doctors or typographical errors such as adding an extra zero or pressing 9 on the keyboard or tablet instead of 0
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Asbestos can cause a lot of harmful diseases, and there are many ways exposure can occur due to its prevalence.
You may have heard about the potential health risks associated with exposure to asbestos, but what exactly is it, why is it dangerous, and how much is it really used in Chicago? The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization states that certain heat-resistant and durable fibrous minerals that can be found in nature fall within the category of asbestos. The reason asbestos can cause internal injury is because of how its fibers persist in the body. They can be inhaled, and it
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A recent study found that not only are medication errors during surgery common, but they are also highly preventable.
Undergoing a surgical procedure in an Illinois hospital can be a stressful time for anyone. The fear that something could go wrong is often present, and for too many people, it becomes a reality.
A recent study focused on a specific type of mistake during operations: medication errors. The results are troubling.
Background
Researchers from Harvard focused on a Massachusetts-based hospital for the setting of the study. They evaluated 277 operations from a seven-month timeframe between 2013 and 2014 to determine
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The Illinois Department of Transportation reports there were 296,049 motor vehicle accidents across the state in 2014 alone. Such collisions occur all throughout the year, and often result in serious injuries or death for those involved. The rain, sleet, ice and other conditions that often hit the area during the winter months may increase the risk of crashes. Knowing how to drive in inclement weather, however, may help motorists to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of their passengers and others.
Perform Vehicle Checks And Maintenance
Ensuring their automobiles are road worthy is vital year-round for drivers. Although, performing such
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Illinois ranks second in the country in terms of the number of dog bite claims on homeowners’ insurance policies.
When a dog bites someone in Illinois, the law states that the owner of the animal is strictly liable for any damages that have been caused. In other words, it does not matter if the owner was negligent in the circumstances surrounding the attack, such as failing to leash the animal. When there is an injury, the owner will be expected to pay for the full amount of costs associated with it.
In many cases, the pet owner’s homeowners’ insurance will
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People should know how to spot the signs and symptoms of mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injury.
People who are involved in a car accident may receive traumatic brain injury from a forceful impact to the head. If the victim’s head smashes into the steering wheel, side window or snaps back and forth, it may cause the soft tissue of the brain to hit against the hard skull bone. As a result, the brain may become damaged, inflamed and bruised.
A number of people are affected by traumatic brain injuries every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
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Being suddenly unemployed is a stressful time. For some people, getting fired from their jobs comes as a surprise, and they’re left with questions, especially if they didn’t feel the termination was justified. 

Today, you’ll learn answers to common questions people have after losing their job, such as, “What is wrongful termination in Illinois?” and “What are my options if I’ve been wrongfully terminated in Illinois?”

What constitutes wrongful termination in Illinois?

Illinois is an at-will employment state, which means that both workers and employers may end their employment agreement at any time, or “at-will.” 

For the most part, since
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If you’ve been injured on the job and received workers’ compensation benefits, you may be wondering, “Will my workman’s compensation claim affect my future employment?” You’re protected under the law if you’ve been involved in a workers’ comp case, and potential employers cannot hold that against you as a condition of hire.

In fact, Illinois law strictly regulates what employers can and cannot ask you regarding past jobs, and workers’ compensation claims are largely protected.

Laws About Workman’s Compensation

According to the Social Security Administration, each state regulates its own workman’s compensation programs. In Illinois, employees are protected from wrongful termination
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Geneva, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2022 – We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Chavez has been named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers℠.

To be selected as an Emerging Lawyer, a candidate must be of proven character and display an outstanding aptitude for the practice of law early in their career. Emerging Lawyers, who are selected by their peers, must be 40 years of age or younger or have practiced for no more than 10 years. Only 2 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in the state are considered Emerging Lawyers.

Elizabeth Chavez is
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