Injured While on a Lunch Break?Date: Jan 23, 2019

You are on your lunch break when you sustain an injury. It's so severe that you can't go back to work and you need to seek medical treatment. You fear you will be out of work for some time — and the big question on your mind is whether workers' compensation covers an injury that happened during your lunch break. Is it the same as being injured on the job? Here's what you need to know about your legal situation. Were You Acting in Your Employer's Interests? Determine whether you acted in your own interests or in those of your employer. That will decide your eligibility for workers' compensation. For instance, if you leave work to run a personal errand during your lunch break, then you are not acting in your employer's interests. But if you left work to have a business lunch with a potential client, then you were…

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Reporting an Injury at WorkDate: Jan 23, 2019

You sustained an injury on the job. It's nothing serious. You aren't experiencing a lot of pain and you don't foresee serious long-term consequences. Do you still have to report the injury to your work superiors? The answer is "yes" — and you should do it immediately. It's better to report something and have nothing come of it than to ignore it and regret that decision later if the injury turns into something more serious. In addition, reporting an injury at work can alert an employer to a problem that may need to be fixed, such as faulty machinery that could injure others if it is not addressed. Follow these steps to ensure you report the injury in the correct manner. When to Report a Work-Related Injury Reporting your injury in a timely manner is important because it ensures you have the ability to file a workers' compensation claim in…

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Workers’ Compensation RetaliationDate: Jan 23, 2019

Workplace injuries happen all the time in Chicago and across the state. They occur in factories, on the road and even in offices. If an on-the-job injury affects you, the last thing you want to worry about is facing a pink slip because you've filed a claim. In Illinois, workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect you as a worker, and under these laws, you can't be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Even though workers' compensation retaliation is illegal and you cannot be fired or demoted for it, if you feel you are being discriminated against due to your injury or claim, contact Argionis & Associates for a free consultation with a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. The Truth About Illinois Retaliatory Discharge and Retaliation Workers' compensation retaliation does occur, unfortunately. The problem is not workers’ compensation laws, but rather the desire of a few bad characters in the…

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Will I Be Followed by a Workers’ Comp Investigator?Date: Jan 23, 2019

After filing a workers’ compensation claim following a workplace injury, you should know that the insurance company representing your employer will gather evidence of the injury before making a decision about your benefits. They can do so by getting copies of medical tests and following through on others methods. Many clients who come to us at Argionis & Associates ask “Will I be followed by a workers' comp investigator?” They're often worried about their privacy and their claim. The short answer is that an investigator may be hired to investigate your claim. Understanding the role of the investigation and knowing what to do can ease some of your concerns. When Do Workers' Comp Investigators Follow You? Any time after you file a claim, an investigator may follow you or investigate you. You're more likely to be placed under investigation if you have a large claim, have filed claims before or…

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Can I Go on Vacation While on Workers’ Comp?Date: Jan 23, 2019

If you're injured at work, your life doesn't just stop. You may wonder about taking a vacation or trip to relax and unwind. In fact, this may seem like an ideal time for travel since you can't work and may need to unwind or treat yourself following the stress of a workplace injury. There is no law preventing you from taking a vacation when you're injured, and you can certainly take a trip when you're on workers’ compensation. However, there are some things you'll want to consider. Vacation and Workers' Compensation If you’re asking yourself “Am I allowed to take a vacation while on workers' comp?” the answer is yes, but you'll need to keep a few things in mind. 1. Medical Treatment Even if you decide to travel, you're still required to see your medical care professionals and maintain treatment for your workplace injuries. Missing an appointment to vacation…

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