Common Slip and Fall Injury SymptomsDate: Mar 29, 2019

Slip and Fall Injury Symptoms Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents in the United States. Yet people often don't report them if they think the accident was their fault because they were clumsy or not paying attention or they didn’t really hurt themselves. However, another party is often liable for the conditions that cause a slip and fall accident. If you slip and fall and don’t report it, the hazard that caused the accident remains, and other people may fall victim to it. Also, never assume you didn’t really hurt yourself in a slip and fall. Minor accidents can have lingering consequences. Often the injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident don’t manifest themselves for hours or days after the fall. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after you slip and fall. Slip and Fall Injury Statistics The statistics can be…

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Is Lane Splitting LegalDate: Mar 29, 2019

Lane Splitting   It is very likely that you have observed the following scenario – a rider on a motorcycle driving between slow traffic on the highway. In some ways it’s understandable. It can be more difficult for a motorcyclist to stop and start in traffic because the rider constantly needs to balance the bike. They may also fear that somebody coming up from behind may hit them. In these cases, a motorcycle driver might be tempted to drive between cars. This is known as lane splitting. What is Lane Splitting? Lane splitting, also known as white lining, is when a motorcyclist drives their bike between cars. It frequently happens when traffic is stalled or congested. The topic of lane splitting is a controversial one. Currently only California legally allows motorcyclists to lane split. Lane splitting is illegal in most other states in the United States. In 11 states, it…

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Who Causes More Car Accidents, Male or Female Drivers?Date: Mar 28, 2019

You've probably heard it debated before. It may start off as a joke between friends but quickly grow heated. Who has more accidents — males or females? Men drive more than women, but there is a long-running, though unproven, stereotype that women are "bad drivers." All this can make for sometimes passionate arguments. This is one debate where there is a clear answer: men get in more accidents than women. Do Men or Women Get in More Accidents: The Statistics How best to address this long-running debate? Statistics provide the answer to the question. The data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that many more men than women are casualties of car accidents. Over the course of a year, men represented 71 percent of casualties while women accounted for 29 percent. According to a longer-term study, from 1975 to 2015, twice as many men as women died in…

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Workers’ Compensation SettlementDate: Mar 4, 2019

If you’ve been injured in an accident at work in Illinois, you may be aware that you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You may not be aware, though, that you are also eligible for a workers' compensation settlement. Deciding to opt for a settlement in your workers' compensation case involves a lot of different formulas that include determining financial outcomes using ratios and percentages. You’ll need to determine how many weeks of workers’ compensation you are eligible for when calculating how much you should receive in a settlement. You will also need to figure the percentage of how injured you are, which will affect how much you can receive as well. In other words, it’s complicated to know what to do if you are injured at work. It’s difficult for an injured worker on their own to know when to settle and what the value of that settlement should…

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Maximum Medical ImprovementDate: Mar 4, 2019

If you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois. These include lost wages benefits and benefits to cover medical costs and treatment. These benefits will help you if you are injured for the short-term, and they will also provide long-term benefits if your injuries are permanent. While there are many terms that you’ll need to know in regard to a workers’ compensation claim, one of the most important terms you will hear is maximum medical improvement (MMI). What Is Maximum Medical Improvement? MMI is the point at which your doctor believes that your condition has stabilized. It could mean that you are completely healed, or it could mean that your injury or your medical condition will not get any worse or any better. MMI is important because it plays a key role in establishing several factors about your workers’ compensation claim. For…

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Workers’ Compensation BenefitsDate: Mar 4, 2019

Workers' compensation is an insurance program carried by every employer in Illinois, mandated by law. It provides benefits for employees injured in the workplace or illnesses that arise out of employment. Some states don't require employers to have workers' comp insurance if they employ fewer than a minimum number of employees. In Illinois, however, anyone who has even one employee must take part in the workers' compensation insurance program. All employees who are injured on the job, contracted an illness while on the job or had a pre-existing condition made worse by work-related conditions are entitled to receive medical care related to their illness or injury. The employer, or the employer’s workers' comp insurance company, will cover the cost of all medical treatment. An employee is also entitled to receive a portion of their wages if they miss time on the job due to a work-related illness or injury. The…

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