Filing for Worker’s Compensation in Illinois
Each state is different, so in case you’re new to Illinois, here is a bit on advice the workers compensation process in our state. This might also be helpful for you if you’ve never filed before and just need some guidance.
Illinois allows your on-the-job injury to be reported for up to 45 days after the incident occurred. If you take action after the 45 day window, you risk losing your rights to the compensation benefits. This is why it’s important to get GWC on the case as soon as possible.
The money and benefits that you’re entitled to will vary, depending on the severity of your injury.
Once you’ve got your case opened, you legally cannot be fired or even harassed for filing the worker’s comp claim. This doesn’t mean that your employer must agree with your claim. They have the right to deny it, but then GWC will help you appeal to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
The Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays an important role in the workplace. They regulate safety standards for employers. They can answer some questions you have about safety, and so can we.
If you think you might have a worker’s compensation claim, make sure you call GWC to help you through the process. We’re here for you.
Illinois Police Officer Injuries: In the Line of Duty
In protecting the rest of us, police officers are required to place themselves into dangerous situations on a regular basis. As such, the unfortunate reality is that police officers, at some time or another, will likely suffer injuries related to their work. (more…)
Maintenance Worker Died in Sewer
Gustavo Briceno and another employee of Kenny Construction were working in the northwest side of the North Rockwall Street sewer. Flash floods hit around 8:30 p.m., and their maintenance job was interrupted by a surge of water.
Briceno’s coworker was strapped into his safety harness and was pulled to recovery. Luckily, he survived without harm. Briceno, himself, unfortunately, had removed his safety harness to reach a confined space within the sewer. He was swept away by the rush of water.
To help find Briceno, a robotic camera was lowered into the sewer. Chief of Special Operations for the Chicago Fire Department, Michael Fox, says, ““The contractor had the camera going both ways to see if we could find him faster and maybe make this a rescue instead of a recovery… but it didn’t turn out.” The police department’s helicopter and marine units were also in on the search.
Briceno’s lifeless body was found two hours later about a block away from where he was working.
He was twenty-five years of age and a resident of Glendale Heights.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the details surrounding Briceno’s accident.
It’s not uncommon for hard-working people to end up being injured on the job, or worse. If you’ve been hurt, we want to hear your story. Give GWC Law a call today!
Workers Compensation in History
The idea of workers compensation dates back further than you might expect. The topic was first documented in the Code of Ur-Nammu, which is the oldest known law code that exists today, estimated from the year 2050 B.C. It was written in Sumerian on tablets, and originates from Mesopotamia. Although earlier laws did exist before this, the Code of Ur-Nammu is recognized as the earliest extant legal text. From tablet Number 3191, it has been translated that monetary compensation was to be provided to workers that were bodily injured while performing their duties.
Going forward a few years, Babylonia brought us the code of Hammurabi around 1772 BC. It also mentions workers compensation, based on the worker’s injuries and implied permanent impairments.
Many ancient laws, including that of Greece, Rome, Arabia, and Chinese, provide a list of precisely what the worker will receive for the loss of certain body parts, even narrowing it down to the length of the body part that has been lost.
Most of these laws were gradually readjusted as the Middle Ages came about. As that happened, it was more common that the feudal lord would determine the reimbursement, or if one was owed at all.
Eventually, the window for a workers compensation claim became very narrow. It would relate to three restricting principles: Assumption of Risk (if the worker knew the job was risky), Contributory Negligence (if the worker led himself to the injury), and The “Fellow Servant” Rule (if the injury was caused by another worker).
Later in America, the first workers compensation law to pass statewide was in 1902’s Maryland. This was shortly followed by the first worker’s comp law to specifically cover federal employees, which came about in 1906. By 1949, all states had followed Maryland’s example and set some type of worker’s compensation guidelines.
Lately, the number for workers compensation cases filed in Illinois has been roughly around 50,000 yearly. If you think you might have a worker’s compensation claim of your own, don’t hesitate to call GWC Law Firm. We understand the ins and outs of these laws, and are sure you to get you what you are owed.