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Most Common Workplace Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was a total of 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2018. In 2017 there was a total 104,000,000 production days lost due to nonfatal workplace injuries. Your employer should always do their best in preventing these common workplace injuries from occurring in order to best protect employees. However, that doesn’t always happen. In some jobs such as, transportation, manufacturing, construction, and maintenance, the risk for a workplace injury may be much higher than others. However, that doesn’t mean that if you work a desk job, you can’t become injured at...

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First Steps After Getting A Dog Bite

First Steps After Getting A Dog Bite According to the CDC, in the United States, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Nearly 1 in 5 of those people require medical attention from the bite. Many households have a pet dog, and although you may think your dog would never bite you, or someone else, all dogs are capable of biting. Any dog can bite, however, the risk of them biting is significantly increased when they are scared, nervous, eating, or protecting toys. In order to prevent dog bites,it is important to recognize the dog’s behavior and...

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Treatment Options for Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma and it can take 20 to 60 years to develop after exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma can also be contracted by living with someone who comes in contact with asbestos brings the fibers home on their clothing, which over years can put others at risk for developing the cancer. Additionally, if there is a history of mesothelioma in your family, you could possibly be at a higher risk for developing it. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Some general signs of Mesothelioma include fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, weight loss, blood clots, and loss of appetite. As for...

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Nursing Homes and COVID-19

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During this unprecedented time, nursing homes are closing their doors to best protect their high-risk residents from COVID-19. As of May 1st, 2020 deaths in these facilities are accounting for 44% of coronavirus related deaths in the state of Illinois. For many family members of these residents, the line can become a bit blurred when trying to file a lawsuit to get compensation for their loved one that has fallen ill from COVID-19 during this time. What if your loved one contracts COVID-19 in a long-term care facility? It is probably very frustrating if you have a loved one that is infected with COVID-19 in a...

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Getting Legal Help During COVID-19

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Joint Custody During COVID-19 During these trying times, everyone should be focused on staying at home, and the health of themselves and others around them. However, navigating a joint custody agreement during this time could get a little complicated. Due to COVID-19, the majority of state and family courts are only accepting abuse and endangerment cases. This closure can create a lot of anxiety and confusion when trying to determine how separated parents will deal with their child going back and forth from houses. The majority of states have issued a stay at home order, which entails only going out for essential reasons. As for Chicago, Governor Pritzker did...

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Shelter in Place Law/Legal Consequences in Chicago

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Many of you probably have not left your house in days as many states have ordered a “shelter in place” order due to COVID-19. As of April 20th, 2020, 42 states had implemented a statewide order, and 3 (Utah, Wyoming, and Oklahoma) have orders in parts of the state. Leaving North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas with no implemented stay at home order. When stay at home orders were first implemented, many people took it as a complete “lockdown”, however it is far from that. As far as Chicago, the stay at home order was announced on March 20th, and put into effect Match 21st at 5 p.m....

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Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 First Responders in Illinois

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Amidst the battle against coronavirus or COVID-19, the Illinois government has recently stepped up to protect the most vulnerable front-line, essential workers. As of April 13th, 2020, J.B. Pritzker, the governor of Illinois made an emergency amendment to the workers’ compensation rules in Illinois for the next 150 days. This article will break down the emergency amendment, discuss what legal recourse essential workers will have if they contract COVID-19 during this state of emergency, as well as explain who is considered a “front-line worker”. Who is Considered a “Front-Line”, “COVID-19 First Responder” or “Essential” Worker? This new emergency amendment considers Front-Line, COVID-19 First Responder essential workers as any individual employed...

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Everything You Need to Know About Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits

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Asbestos is a toxic mineral commonly used in many consumer products due to its strength and insulation properties. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the health concerns of using asbestos in consumer products were brought up. Asbestos can cause great harm to people and often results in mesothelioma, an entirely preventable form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos. Many companies that produce products using asbestos were aware of the potential dangers and didn’t warm employees or end users. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Even if you aren’t sick it’s a good idea to learn about asbestos...

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6 Things You Should Do After A Motorcycle Accident

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According to NHTSA, motorcyclists only make up about 5% of all drivers. Yet, research shows that fatal motorcycle accidents happened 27 times more often than passenger car occupant accidents in 2017. Therefore, it’s important to know what you should do after a motorcycle accident whether you are the rider, the passenger vehicle driver, or just an innocent bystander. While there are things you can do to protect yourself against a motorcycle accident, even the most careful drivers can find themselves in unavoidable accidents. Immediately after an accident, your adrenaline will be pumping, and you may be in a state of shock. Learning what steps to take now will help...

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Chicago Workers’ Compensation Explained

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If you are an employee in Illinois, you need to know about workers’ compensation. An injury at work can wreak havoc on your health, career, and finances. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, all employers are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of number of employees. It is put in place to compensate injured employees and help them get back to work as soon as possible. So, what are the types of benefits and what injuries qualify? The worker’s compensation system can get complicated and there are a lot of things you should know as an employee. Keep reading to learn more about your...

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