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Hurting Yourself When You Stand Up

There’s a long held standard in Illinois workers’ compensation cases that to win your case you have to show your job put you at an increased risk of injury as compared to the general public.  In other words, if you were hurt doing something that you could have been doing anywhere then you don’t have … Continue Reading

Concussions, TBI’s And Illinois Work Accidents

We are Chicago based work injury attorneys who help with claims throughout Illinois.  Please fill out our contact form or call us at (312) 346-5578 to speak with a lawyer for free about your case. Most of us have heard the term traumatic brain injury, or its abbreviation TBI, but what exactly is it? The … Continue Reading

Illinois Coal Workers And Pneumoconiosis

I have been a work comp lawyer for over 20 years and pride myself in talking in “plain English.”  That said, there’s no way to talk about pneumoconiosis in plain English because that word seems like something the winner of the Scripps Spelling Bee would have to go through. Pneumoconiosis is a lung condition that … Continue Reading

David Price Has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This isn’t our usual Illinois work comp post, but it’s relevant.  The Boston Red Sox have a pitcher named David Price who they are paying many millions to pitch for them.  He was just diagnosed with what is a somewhat unusual injury for a pitcher, carpal tunnel syndrome. You typically see carpal tunnel in those … Continue Reading

Myofascial Pain Syndrome And Illinois Work Comp

Repetitive motion injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained while on the job. One of those injuries is called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. This can be a very painful muscle condition causing you to be unable to complete everyday tasks. Myofascial Pain Syndrome is caused when trigger points, or sensitive areas of tight muscle … Continue Reading

Dentists With Pulmoary Fibrosis and Illinois Work Comp

Dental workers are getting sick, is their work environment to cause? According to the CDC, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be linked to the dentistry field.   So if you are a dentist, dental hygenist or other dental worker in Illinois and you have pulmonary fibrosis, you may have a workers’ compensation case. IPF is a … Continue Reading

PTSD and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a really serious problem in our country. While it’s most associated with soldiers coming back from war, the truth is that it occurs in civilian jobs too.  The most common example is someone who gets robbed at gun point and mentally can not feel comfortable with a return to … Continue Reading

Illinois Workers Comp Rotator Cuff Injuries

I will never forget when I tore my rotator cuff in my right shoulder.  I had represented scores of people who had this injury, but never truly understood it until then. It happened while playing goalie for an adult soccer team. Like many of the injured workers I’ve helped over the years, I didn’t realize … Continue Reading

Illinois Work Comp and Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disk disease is caused by wear and tear on the spinal disks. This condition appears when a person’s disks lose the ability to absorb shock naturally over time.  Typically found either in the lower back or upper neck this disease is known to cause chronic pain, weakness and numbness. While it may sound like … Continue Reading

Spinal Stenois And Illinois Work Injuries

Spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Typically, it is caused by degeneration of the bones, disks, muscles and ligaments that make up the spinal column. However, in certain instances and jobs, work can add to this already extremely painful condition; causing a … Continue Reading

How You Prove A Repetitive Stress Injury On The Job

There’s a hack IME doctor who says that you can only get carpal tunnel if you are constantly using force and working fast with your hands.  He’s been over ruled time and time again.  A recent Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission trial decision showed why this insurance company strategy is usually a loser. In general, no … Continue Reading

Cellulitis and Illinois Workers Compensation Cases

Cellulitis is an infection, caused by bacteria, both of the skin and under the skin. This infection can get deep into the skin layers causing major damages when left untreated. Typically, this bacterial infection, similar to staph or MRSA, starts when there is a break of some sort in your skin. Skin ulcers, surgical wounds, … Continue Reading

Illinois Work Injuries When You Take A Risk

Taking shortcuts and exposing yourself to unnecessary dangers can ruin your chances in an Illinois worker’s compensation case. Especially if your injury is a direct result of your short cut or self-imposed risk. Take for instance the case of Dodson v. Industrial Commission. In this case, an employee was injured while walking to her car, … Continue Reading

Tennis Elbow and Illinois Workers Compensation

Tennis elbow isn’t just for the Williams sisters. In fact, the majority of people diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis (AKA tennis elbow) have never played a game of tennis in their lives. When repetitive motions overuse the tendons in your elbow, the painful condition begins. Usually the pain is felt where your forearm muscles meet the … Continue Reading

Neuropathy And Illinois Work Comp Law

Jobs that require you to use repetitive motions of different body parts can cause major damage to your nerves. One of the nerve issues could be peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is typically diagnosed after some sort of damage has occurred to the nerves in your body. This damage could be from a sudden impact such … Continue Reading

Sick Building Syndrome and Illinois Work Comp

Is your workplace making you sick, literally? We all have those days were the white lights and glare of the computer monitor just physically drains our bodies.  That’s not likely a compensable work related injury.  But what if something about the building you work in is causing you problems? Sick building syndrome is a real … Continue Reading
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