Workers Compensation Blog Posts | Lipkin & Higgins

Workers Compensation Blog Posts

  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on October 10, 2016

    If you or a loved one has been injured at work, education is key in handling workers' compensation cases. It is always recommended that you speak to a personal injury attorney to further discuss the details of your case and see if you can take legal action. These resources are great supplements to learn more about Illinois workers' compensation and gain a better understanding about what to expect throughout the entire process.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on October 10, 2016

      What to Do When an Office Workplace Injury Occurs Workplace injuries of any kind are to be taken seriously and handled promptly. If you fall victim to any type of injury while on the job, follow these steps: Seek first aid treatment right away from a designated employee or staff nurse. In the event of a potentially life threatening or more serious injury, call 911 immediately.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on December 12, 2015

    Whether it's an officer responding to a horrific accident, a construction worker witnessing a serious injury or death, or a railroad worker experiencing a traumatic event, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can arise from a number of different workplace situations.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on September 9, 2015

    Illinois’ workers compensation laws might be getting a makeover. Recently, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted in favor of approving a substitute workers compensation reform package.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on June 6, 2015

  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on February 2, 2015

    Too often, employees are quick to make assumptions regarding work-related injuries and workers compensation claims, rather than looking at the facts. In order to help you successfully separate myths surrounding workers compensation and the facts that contravene them, we've highlighted some of the most frequently-recurring erroneous claims and invalidated them.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on September 9, 2014

    Most employees have had to run an errand or travel for their job and the CDC reports that "motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States". If you have sustained injuries from a motor vehicle accident while performing work related duties, you may be eligible to receive worker's compensation benefits that cover medical costs, lost time at work and permanent disability.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on September 9, 2014

    If you are pursuing a workers compensation claim, you may need to have an Independent Medical Exam (IME). After a claim is made, the workers compensation insurance company has the right to have you examined by a doctor of their choosing. The doctor will perform the IME and testify about your injuries.
  • Posted by Tyler Bohman on April 4, 2014

    Mary Suter was employed by Manpower, a temporary employment agency, assigned to work at the Illinois Department of Insurance (the “Department”). The Department, along with other state agencies, leased office space at a building in Springfield, Illinois. The landlord of the building was required to provide parking spaces for several hundred state employee vehicles.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on March 3, 2013

    I received a call from a guy recently who was injured at work, and already represented by an attorney. He wanted to know if I could help him. He was an assembler of automotive products that required multiple steps, basically lifting objects all day long weighing 15-25 lbs, with arms outstretched. He injured his shoulder due to the highly repetitive nature of his job, over a course of maybe 4 months. An MRI showed he had a partially torn rotator cuff, which needed surgery.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on February 2, 2013

    Illinois law does not permit a law suit against an employer for a work related injury (there are very limited exceptions). Your sole remedy is to file a workers compensation claim. But what if your injury was actually caused by someone other than your employer?
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on March 3, 2012

      My client, Jim, has been a delivery driver for his company for 15 years. On June 1, 2011 he injured his low back while delivering 25 packages, each weighing 50 lbs. He did not know whether he had a serious injury or something that would go away after a night’s sleep so he did not call in his injury to his supervisor.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on December 12, 2011

    Answer: “Yes”. An employee whose job requires repeated movement and pressure on any part of his/her body -– typically a hand, shoulder or low back – may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits in the same manner as a worker who suffers an injury in a single traumatic event such as a fall or a car accident.
  • Posted by Kevin Apter on August 8, 2011

    Even though you may have been paid in cash by the hour to perform maintenance, carpentry, home repair--whatever your trade may be--you may very well have the right to file a Workers Compensation claim if you get hurt at work.  
  • Posted by Kevin Apter on August 8, 2011

    The Illinois Workers Compensation Act (820 ILCS 305, et. seq.) allows an employer to demand an “independent medical exam” of an employee claiming to be injured on the job.