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bloomington farm accident lawyerAgriculture is a major industry in central Illinois, and there are more than 70,000 farms in the state that provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of workers. However, working on a farm can be dangerous, and there are multiple types of situations where injuries can occur. Tractor accidents are one of the most common ways that farm workers may be injured. Those involved in these types of accidents will want to work with an attorney to determine their options for receiving financial compensation.

Causes of Tractor Accidents

Every year, more than 30,000 people suffer serious injuries while working on farms in the United States. Around 400 people are killed each year in these types of accidents, and around half of all fatalities occur in tractor accidents. These accidents may involve a tractor running over a person, a tractor colliding with a motor vehicle, or a person becoming entangled in a tractor’s machinery.

Tractor rollover accidents are the most common cause of fatal injuries on farms, and around 130 people are killed every year in these types of accidents. In fact, around 10% of all tractor operators will be involved in a rollover accident at some point during their career. These types of accidents can cause a person to suffer serious injuries in a fall or due to being crushed underneath a tractor. Some common types of injuries in these situations include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries to the limbs resulting in amputation.

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springfield workers compensation lawyerCertain types of injuries can affect a person’s ability to return to work while they are recovering. However, if an injury took place while a person was working or arose out of activities performed during the course of their employment, they will usually qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp will pay all costs related to medical care for these injuries, and if a person misses at least four days of work, they can receive wage benefits based on a temporary disability. These benefits will cover a percentage of what they would have been able to earn if they had not been injured. By working with an attorney, injured employees can ensure that they submit the correct information when filing a workers’ comp claim, allowing them to receive the benefits they need and deserve.

Temporary Total Disability (TTD)

If a person is temporarily unable to work while recovering from their injury, or if they have been approved for light work, but their employer will be unable to accommodate their needs, they can receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. These benefits will be paid until the employee returns to work or reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI).

TTD benefits are calculated by multiplying the employee’s average weekly wage (AWW) by 66 2/3%. AWW is the average gross wages the employee earned in the 52 weeks before they were injured. Minimum and maximum limits apply, and these are updated regularly based on the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW). For injuries that took place between January 15 and July 14, 2021, the minimum TTD benefit is $293.33 for a person with zero dependents (the minimum amounts are higher if a person has a spouse and/or children), and the maximum TTD benefit is $1,613.93.

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Champaign, IL workers’ compensation lawyer for occupational diseasesWhen people consider workers’ compensation benefits, it is usually in the context of injuries suffered due to accidents in the workplace. An employee who is injured while working is eligible to receive benefits that address the costs of medical treatment, as well as any income lost due to a temporary or permanent disability. However, a person’s health can also be negatively affected by conditions in their workplace, and workers’ comp will apply for those who have suffered occupational diseases. 

In some cases, proving that an illness is related to the work a person performed may be difficult. This may be a concern for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 during the course of their employment. Those who have suffered occupational illnesses will want to work with an attorney when filing a workers’ comp claim to ensure they can receive the benefits they deserve.

Workers’ Comp Benefits for Occupational Illnesses

In Illinois, the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act ensures that employees who contract occupational diseases will be covered by workers’ compensation. Occupational diseases include any illnesses that occur during a person’s employment because of the work they have performed or the conditions in their workplace, as well as the aggravation of existing illnesses during the course of a person’s employment.

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Springfield workers compensation attorney pre-existing condition

If you are injured while on the job, you will usually be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, which will cover the costs of medical treatment and provide you with repayment for the loss of income due to a temporary or permanent disability. However, if you have a pre-existing condition, you may be worried about how this will affect your eligibility for workers’ comp. In many cases, you will still be able to receive benefits, and by working with an experienced work injury attorney, you can protect your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Work-Related Injuries and Aggravation of Pre-Existing Conditions

Workers’ comp covers all injuries that occur during the course of a person’s employment. This includes any injuries that lead existing injuries or medical conditions to become worse. For example, a person may have experienced a back injury in a car accident several years ago, and after receiving treatment and following all medical instructions, they made a full recovery. Then, while working in a warehouse, they attempted to lift a heavy item and re-injured their back in the same location as the previous injury. Even though the injury had previously existed, it became aggravated because of the work the person was performing, making them eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits for medical treatment for the new injury, as well as wage benefits that address any missed work while recovering.

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Springfield workers compensation attorney

Work-related injuries can happen for countless reasons. Some injuries are caused during a singular work accident while other injuries occur from repetitive movements over time. Falling from a great height, being struck by falling objects, equipment-related injuries, and other workplace injuries can lead to massive medical bills and other financial harm. If you or a loved one have suffered a work injury, you may be curious about your legal rights. You may already know that you are entitled to workers’ compensation for certain work injuries, but you may not know much about bringing a claim against a third party. If your work injury was caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of a party other than your employer, you may be able to sue that party for damages.

Bringing a Personal Injury Claim for a Work Accident

In the vast majority of cases, Illinois workers cannot sue their employers for negligence. If you are hurt on the job, you may file a claim for compensation through the workers’ compensation program. Workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois are used to reimburse an injured worker for medical expenses and lost wages caused by an injury. However, the amount of compensation available through workers’ compensation insurance is often insufficient and non-economic damages like pain and suffering are not included. If someone other than your employer caused your work injury, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against him or her in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

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