Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee and other odd work injuries

Quick primer on some unique injuries in Illinois workers' compensation:

Bee stings: If you get stung by a bee and then get hurt from that (e.g. bee stings you and you hurt your knee trying to run from it) it's probably not a case.  The theory is that you are at no increased risk to the general public of that happening.  Bee stings could happen anywhere.  On the other hand, if you are a bee keeper or work in a place that is infested with bees that would be a different story.

That curb tripped me: Again, it's typically not an increased risk situation if you trip on a curb.  But if you are a traveling employee that might be enough to make it a case.

Allergic reactions: If your job requires you to work with a product like latex and you have an allergic reaction, that is a case.  The employer needs to find a way for you to do your job without the latex being a problem.

Black eyes and broken noses: If you get in to a fight with a co-worker about a work issue and are not considered the "aggressor" then your injuries are covered.  If you are the aggressor or you are arguing about things that have nothing to do with work (e.g. why the Bears are so bad) then it's likely not a case.

Burns and scars: Any disfigurement from a work injury is compensable as far as medical bills and lost time go related to that injury.  For permanent compensation you need to show disfigurement above the knees or below the navel or anywhere else on your body.  In other words, if hot grease gets spilled on your stomach at work, the resulting scar might not be worth anything.  But if it's on your arm then you have a claim.

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If you have a scar from a work injury it might be worth something (and it might not)

When someone sustains a permanent scar from a job accident it can possibly entitle you to compensation for what is called disfigurement.  There are a few things to think about in these cases:

1. You can't settle a scar case until your scar is at least six months old.

2. Scars that occur above your knees or below the breast line do not qualify for compensation (although you might be able to get compensation for permanent partial disability if there is some other problem to that part of the body).  Please note that scars on your arms in between these two points can get compensation.

3. A scar on your face is worth more money that any other part of your body.

4. A scar that is raised or keyloid has more settlement value.

5. You can't get permanent partial disability (ppd) and dis-figuration money for the same body part.  e.g. if you are cut by a saw at work and sever a tendon, you will get ppd, but won't get disfigurement.

This is one area of workers' compensation where your medical records don't help a Judge decide what your case is worth.  If we can't settle a scar case we usually just take our client in front of the Judge and let him/her offer their opinion.  The case typically settles after that.

We are workers' compensation attorneys that help people with Illinois work injuries anywhere in IL via our statewide network of attorneys.  Contact us and we will answer your questions or find the right lawyer for your situation.