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Workers' compensation benefits cover weather-related injuries

Every member of the Illinois workforce faces the unique risks of the particular industry, but they all face the hazards of extreme weather conditions. Every year a significant number of workers' compensation claims follow injuries suffered in severe circumstances such as auto accidents during snowstorms when icy roads change commutes into nightmares. Safety authorities suggest employers should devise and implement severe weather policies in all workplaces.

Illinois could also be affected by other severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, floods and flash floods. All these could cause not only considerable property damage but also severe injuries or even death. While business must go on, employers must always protect the health and safety of employees.

The difference between personal injury and workers’ compensation

On the surface, both a personal injury and a worker’s compensation claim may look similar and be difficult to tell apart. Many people even confuse a worker’s compensation case as a personal injury claim when that is not technically the case.

The main difference between the two is that when it comes to a personal injury claim, it is based on fault, whereas a workers’ compensation claim does not require fault.

Construction workers' accidents: Man's arm amputated on the job

Illinois construction workers may be interested in one man's horrible day at work. The man suffered a serious injury and could have lost his life if it had not been for the quick actions of a nearby officer. Construction workers' accidents like this one are most often eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover medical costs and loss of income following an injury.

The 44-year-old victim was performing his job duties using an industrial strength auger. Augers are most commonly used to drill holes in thick concrete and have a drill bit attached to them. While using the auger, his arm became trapped in the machine, and it was severed.

Personal injury: Mother killed by officer traveling at high speed

New drivers are taught to be aware of their surroundings, including moving over for emergency vehicles and law enforcement. Paramedics, law enforcement and fire trucks alert drivers of the need to move over through sirens and lights. Unfortunately, an Illinois State Police trooper made the decision to not use lights or sirens when driving towards an officer-related shooting, and as a result, a young woman suffered fatal personal injury.

The officer was in an unmarked squad vehicle at the time of the accident. After being alerted to a shooting involving another officer, he made the decision to speed towards the incident approximately 40 miles away. Reportedly, the other officer was shot in one of his upper extremities.

Tire safety: Avoiding a blowout

Picture this: You are traveling down the highway when suddenly you hear “boom.” You do not know what it is until you feel your steering wheel pulling its own way. You realize that your tire has blown. At least, this is an inconvenience to a driver. At most, a tire blowout can cause a serious, potentially life-threatening, accident.

Over 700 individuals died in tire-related crashes in 2017. What can you do to prevent a tire blowout before it happens?

Construction workers' accidents: Worker died on job site

The process of obtaining construction permits and the regulatory agencies in Illinois exist to help maintain the safety of workers and the stability of structures. One states division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined and cited a construction company for multiple violations. The inspection and investigation of the company occurred after a worker suffered fatal injuries in one of the year's tragic construction workers' accidents.

The company was contracted to install an underground pump station. A special trench box was required to support the area as work occurred, which was installed by the company. Days later, as work was being completed, the company began to dismantle the trench box and support system.

Illinois driver and passenger suffer serious personal injury

When an Illinois driver takes the road, there are many factors out of his or her control to maintain safety. Road conditions, weather and negligent driving of other drivers are a few of the conditions that drivers cannot control. Recently, one man died and a passenger suffered personal injury due to another driver's actions on the road.

The two pickup trucks involved in the crash were traveling in opposite directions when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, the truck traveling southbound crossed the median and struck the other truck head-on. The impact resulted in the death of the northbound truck driver. The northbound truck also contained a passenger who suffered injuries but is expected to survive. The road was closed for several hours as the accident was investigated and cleared.

Workers' compensation: The safefty of Tesla's factory questioned

Tesla has made a name as a company with innovative technology to change the way motor vehicles operate. Tesla has been under pressure to match demand by consumers, and it's the safety of its work environment under pressure of demands that has been challenged in the last year. Tesla was investigated earlier this year for allegedly under-reporting injuries on the job, and employees continue to accuse the company of an environment that improperly treats and classifies injuries. Unfortunately for Illinois workers, inaccurate documentation of an injury can impact an employee's eligibility for workers' compensation.

Earlier this year, Tesla was accused of allegedly under-reporting injuries, and Tesla was fined for not recording one injury. Tesla appealed the finding and has claimed it was a simple administration error. Employees at Tesla claim that the environment has not changed, and the company strives to avoid classifying injuries that would trigger an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Crash results in personal injury for seven victims

It only takes a moment for damaging and/or tragic accidents to occur on Illinois roadways. One moment of distraction by a cell phone, passenger, eating, roadside scenery or adjusting the radio is all it takes for a crash to occur with another vehicle. It is unknown what actions resulted in one recent crash, but the crash resulted in personal injury for seven different victims.

Two vehicles were traveling in two different directions when the accident occurred. A vehicle containing a driver and four passengers was traveling southbound, and a vehicle containing a driver and one passenger was traveling eastbound. For unknown reasons, both vehicles crashed.

The Law Office of David Hunt wins best client satisfaction award

The American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC) has awarded The Law Office of David Hunt a spot on this year’s list of 10 Best Law Firms for Client Satisfaction in Illinois.

With more than 25 years of dedicated service, the firm is thrilled to receive this honor. David Hunt knows that success is more than a winning case — it’s also a happy client.

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