Lifting Injuries on the Job
Many occupations require workers to lift large items, sometimes repeatedly over the course of the day. Despite employee training and even when being careful, lifting injuries on the job can occur. As a common work-related injury, workers may wonder if they are entitled to compensation from their employer. Illinois law provides for assistance in the form of workers’ compensation for employees who are injured in the course and scope of employment. At Therman Law Offices, we provide legal representation through the workers’ compensation process of filing and securing benefits and compensation. For more than thirty years of combined experience, our Wheaton and Schaumburg workers’ compensation attorneys have assisted employees and their families.Lifting Injuries on the Job are Covered by Illinois Workers’ Compensation
The most common types of lifting injuries on the job are muscle spasms, back sprains, and spinal injuries. Some employees may suffer immediate harm from a single instance of lifting while others engage in long-term, repeated lifting that causes debilitating harm over time. Nagging aches can become more serious, and an employee may not be aware of the serious nature of their injury until they see a doctor. In this way, lifting injuries can manifest similarly to repetitive stress injuries, as discomfort appears over time.
Lifting injuries affect employees in a range of industries. Construction workers lift bulky building materials, and airline workers move luggage daily. Truckers can endure lifting injuries from loading and unloading their trucks. Healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, must lift their patents, and can suffer overexertion and musculoskeletal issues.
When an injury is work-related, it is covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA). This insurance program does not require the workers to prove fault. Instead, when a worker develops a job-related injury or illness, they may file a claim for benefits. The first step is to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.Type of Workers' Compensation Benefits Available for Lifting Injuries
The type of benefits that may be recovered by a successful workers’ compensation claimant include reasonable medical expenses related to the lifting injury, such as hospital stays, physical rehabilitation, and medication costs. A portion of lost wages from missed work may be secured as well. If an employee is unable to return to their former position due to their lifting injury, workers’ compensation benefits may include vocational rehabilitation.
Workplace lifting injuries that cause temporary or permanent damage entitle the worker to seek disability benefits. For example, an injured employee that cannot perform job tasks in any capacity during their period of rehabilitation may be entitled to temporary total disability. If an employee is recovering and able to perform their tasks at a lighter duty, for less compensation, temporary partial disability may be appropriate. Permanent partial disability and permanent total disability compensate workers who suffer permanent damage and either return to work or are permanently unable to perform work duties.
Medical expenses and injury-related wage loss are covered by the IWCA. In addition to meeting all eligibility criteria, employees must abide by procedural requirements. This includes promptly reporting their injury. If an employee fails to notify their employer within a specific period of time, their claim may be prevented from moving forward. If the timing of the injury is unclear, for example, if repetitive lifting causes a stress injury, an experienced job injury lawyer can help you provide documentation and prove workplace causation.Consult an Attorney in Wheaton or Schaumburg to Understand Your Next Steps
At Therman Law Offices, we work to present a claim that meets all statutory requirements and successfully secures you the benefits you deserve. To understand your rights, schedule a free consultation with our lawyers. We will help you to understand the workers’ compensation process and how we can assist. Our attorneys proudly represent clients from Wheaton, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Bloomingdale, Roselle, Hanover Park, Elgin, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Lombard, Glendale Heights, and Villa Park. Scheduling an appointment is a phone call away, and we can be reached at 773-545-8849 or contact us online.