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Warehouse workers at Amazon face similar hazards to workers in any other warehouse. However, according to one study, Amazon workers get injured more than twice as many times as workers in other warehouse jobs. In 2021, there were more than 34,000 serious injuries to employees while on the job at Amazon facilities. Among all warehouse workers in the United States, Amazon employees make up roughly one-third of these workers, but nearly half of all injuries (49%)  happened at Amazon facilities.
Like any personal injury lawsuit, you’ll first need to prove that another person or business entity is responsible for your injuries and was negligent. Where a case becomes more complicated for a self-employed person is in the calculation of lost wages. If you work for someone else, either as an hourly or salaried employee, it is rather straightforward to calculate how many hours or days of work you lost due to your injuries and provide a letter stating what regular compensation and bonuses, commissions, or other forms of compensation you missed out on. You can also include any sick, vacation, or bonus days you had to use during your hospitalization and recovery. If you are self-employed, the process becomes more complicated.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you’ll need to file a claim first with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. In Illinois, you’re allowed to select your own doctor to treat workers’ comp injuries. This is so that you have a better chance of securing a physician who has your recovery and best interests in mind, rather than one who has a vested interest in the insurance company’s profits.  You will, however, need to secure a doctor who accepts workers’ comp insurance, so make sure you let them know upfront that you were injured on the job, and it will be the company’s insurance policy paying. The doctor will need to know this information ahead of time because the insurer will certainly require the doctor to obtain authorization before performing certain treatments or tests.
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New Menard Workers’ Compensation Cases Hurt All Illinois Workers

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New Menard Workers’ Compensation Cases Hurt All Illinois Workers

Despite an ongoing probe, new Workers’ Compensation cases continue to pile up at Menard Correctional Center. This trend can not be helpful for Illinois workers’.

The number of repetitive injury workers’ compensation claims filed by Menard staffers since January 2008 totaled nearly $10 million dollars. Many claims were for carpal tunnel syndrome suffered while locking and unlocking doors. The condition causes pain and numbness is wrists and hands and is often suffered by office workers due to repetitive motions at the keyboards of computers.

The unprecedented amount of claims stemming from Menard Correctional and the resulting federal probe most certainly is largely responsible for gaining attention from the Illinois Legislature which passed in early June worker’s compensation overhaul legislation limiting compensation for carpal tunnel and requiring all Illinois worker’s to attend doctor’s mandated by their employer for assessment of injuries suffered on the job.

This is not a positive step for any Illinois worker who suffers an injury in the workplace. It is has been the experience of Illinois compensation attorneys that company mandated doctors do not advise diagnosis and treatments most advantageous to Illinois workers and favor the company’s desires to have the worker return to work as soon as possible-often at the expense of a full scope of treatment and recovery to the worker. In addition and very sadly, these doctors are not responsible for their malpractice which only encourages careless treatment leaving the Illinois worker with no avenue for full recovery or compensation.

While it appears that the Illinois Legislature is trying to placate businesses in Illinois by limiting worker’s compensation claims and costs; and potentially eliminating worker’s compensation attorneys in the process, it is now more important than ever that Illinois worker’s obtain the services of a worker’s compensation attorney when they are injured on the job. The Law, and their employers and doctors are operating against them, they need the services of the only advocate left-An Illinois Worker’s Compensation Attorney.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd