Turbulence Causes a Wave of Injuries for Flight Attendants

  Recent reports reveal that severe turbulence has been responsible for a wave of injuries involving flight attendants in the past few years. Although numerous passengers have become severely injured as well, flight attendants are at a much higher risk of suffering significant, turbulence-related injuries that result in medical treatment, lost time from work, disability,… [Read More]

The Rate of Workplace Injuries Continues to Decline

  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the rate of employer-reported occupational injuries and illness continued to decline in 2015. According to the report, there were about 2.9 million workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private sector employers — down approximately 48,000 from 2014. With about three reported cases per 100… [Read More]

Workplace Safety: Preventing Falls

Falls account for a significant portion of workplace injuries. They occur in office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, in hospitals and on construction sites. No occupation is immune or safe from falls. Falls cover a diverse range of injuries including slips, trips, and drops from several stories. Most falls are nonfatal and not serious but, especially… [Read More]

CDC Warns Of Dangers Of Shift Work

Every night more than 2 million Americans punch the clock to start their day, working overnight shifts to keep the economy moving. Unfortunately for these workers, their irregular schedules create severe sleep and concentration problems that put them at high risk for injury. The Centers for Disease Control recognized the dangers shift workers face and… [Read More]

Are telecommuting employees covered by workers’ compensation in Illinois?

Several organizations have identified American workers’ preference to work a job with some telework, but this arrangement can lead to complications. Employers benefit from such arrangements by having to pay less overhead to support the practice and having improved employee morale. Employees value the flexibility and added time by not having to commute to work…. [Read More]

OSHA Makes Ruling On Silica

Each year more than 2.3 million American workers, primarily in construction and the manufacturing of masonry products, are exposed to dangerous levels of silica. To address this problem, OSHA updated its rules on silica for the first time since 1971.

Immigrants are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Immigration reform is one of the hottest topics around the country. Amid concerns from employers, unions, and the employees themselves, many proposals are being floated that could potentially strip rights and benefits away from the 25.7 million foreign-born laborers the Department of Labor estimates are working within the United States. This figure represents roughly 16.5%… [Read More]

Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Donald Fohrman Discusses Budget Impact on Injured Workers

Chicago workers compensation lawyer Donald W. Fohrman says the recent budget discussions have been targeting workers compensation laws in ways that could reduce benefits for injured workers. He believes injured workers deserve fair compensation for their injuries, and is concerned that the budget fight in Illinois will result in further erosion of worker protections and rights.

Workers’ Risk of Fatal Injuries Varies By Profession

Where a person works, and what job they perform can have a significant impact on an individual’s risk of injury. Some professions carry inherent dangers that can be mitigated, but not entirely avoided. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics records show that 4,679 workers lost their lives while performing their jobs. Nearly half, or 1,891, were because… [Read More]

Illinois Asbestos Comp Decision Favors Employer

The Illinois Supreme court recently added its seal of approval to a Compensation Commission’s rejection of an employee’s worker’s compensation asbestos lawsuit due to a filing delay. The employee claimed Mesothelioma, a form of cancer known to be a result of exposure to asbestos. He came into contact with the dangerous fibers while on the job from 1966 to… [Read More]