In Illinois and all other states, a death that occurs while the decedent is at work is included within the state's compensation laws. Workers' compensation will automatically kick in when the employee dies while performing work duties, and that applies regardless of who is at fault in causing the workplace accident. The compensation law provides for the payments of death benefits to the deceased worker's next of kin.
Two workers recently experienced a shock when a malfunction occurred on a job. In addition to the surprising malfunction of a machine, the workers suffered injuries. Illinois employees may be relieved to learn that most employer's workers' compensation insurance benefits will cover medical expenses for similar work injuries.
There are several different outcomes that can arise after a worker suffers a disabling work injury in Illinois. With respect to future work, the most prevalent outcome for those who suffer a serious injury is to stay out of work under a doctor's care until the doctor releases the individual to go back to work. During the period of disability, the worker collects workers' compensation benefits without regard to who caused the accident.
Performing the same job duties on a regular basis could make a worker momentarily forget the dangers of the work at hand. Construction workers, police officers, rescue workers and other professionals may be placed in serious danger on a regular basis in order to perform their job duties. In the event that an accident while performing any job results in serious injuries and/or death, some surviving family members may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. People in Illinois may be interested to learn how one worker tragically lost his life completing a job.
Construction workers in Illinois face an endless list of safety hazards each day that they are on site. Many of the risks can be mitigated by taking precautions and complying with Occupational Safety and Health regulations. Some of the most common on-the-job accidents that lead to workers' compensation benefits claims involve ladders, and safety advisers say construction workers must consider gravity even before they step onto the first rung of a ladder.
Six years ago, three children suffered the tragic loss of their mother. Sadly, they recently suffered the loss of their father in a work accident. Understandably, the family has suffered significant loss and will expect major adjustments as extended family cares for the surviving children. With the help of a skilled attorney, the family is likely eligible to file a workers' compensation claim for death benefits to help during the transition with the father. Illinois families suffering similar tragedies may also be eligible for the insurance benefits.
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.
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.
Workers in Illinois face injuries related to their job duties every year. Some injuries require minor medical attention, but others can result in lifelong disabilities and expensive care. No matter the severity, injured employees are usually covered by their employer-provided workers' compensation insurance benefits. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to file a claim with an insurance company, and some employees find the assistance of an attorney helpful. Over the last 15 years, one man in another state has experienced how insurance companies can complicate workers' compensation claims and benefits when his company made attempts to end his compensation.
Some work incidents warrant an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA does not have the ability to investigate every work incident that occurs in Illinois and across the United States, but they do prioritize incidents that result in serious injury, inpatient hospitalizations, death, hazards that could result in serious harm or death, and employee complaints of danger on a job site. OSHA recently completed an investigation into an incident that occurred at a theme park in a nearby state, and the company has been fined $142,270. The employee will likely need to file a workers' compensation claim to cover medical expenses related to the accident.