Work Injuries: Carpal Tunnel

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a relatively common workplace injury that occurs most often in people who perform repetitive motions with their hands and wrists. Read this brief summary to learn more:

    The condition occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve, which runs through each of your wrists. Your median nerves supply feeling to parts of your hands. Typing is one of the most common causes of carpal tunnel, but other causes include driving, painting, and using tools. Be on the lookout for symptoms such as weakness in one or both hands and pain extending to the elbow.

    If you have been injured at work, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Our injury attorneys will assess your injuries and help you receive fair compensation.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Why You Should Speak with an Attorney Before Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Workers’ compensation is part of a state program administered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This compensation is designed to pay benefits to Illinois employees who have sustained job-related injuries or diseases, regardless of fault. However, workers’ compensation claims don’t always go smoothly. Read on to learn why you should speak with an injury attorney before filing your workers’ compensation claim:

    Negotiating with Insurance Companies

    Employers are legally responsible for the cost of workers’ compensation. A few employers are self-insured, but most buy commercial workers’ compensation insurance. When an employee suffers an injury, the insurance company pays the benefits on the employer’s behalf. Whenever an insurance company is involved, you should presume that the company does not have your best interests at heart, and are more concerned with profits. An attorney, on the other hand, benefits from your success in the claims process.

    Recovering the Necessary Compensation

    If you and your employer reach an agreement, it must be approved by the Commission before it is legally binding. Once the settlement contract is approved, you are generally precluded from recovering any more benefits for your injuries. This is true even if your condition worsens, so it is important to have an injury attorney who can obtain a settlement that keeps your benefits open.

    Exploring Your Legal Options

    You cannot be discriminated against for exercising your right to compensation. This includes harassment, termination, and a refusal to hire. If you have been discriminated against, you should hire an attorney to file a separate lawsuit.

    Staying Ahead of Time Limitations

    There are time restrictions on how long you have to file a worker’s compensation claim. This time frame varies depending on the type of injuries, and if you fail to file your claim within the time limit, you will likely lose your right to benefits.

    Do not wait to contact an injury lawyer about your workers’ compensation benefits. At Malman Law, we know how frustrating and confusing the process can be, which is why we are here to help. To schedule an initial consultation, call (312) 983-6193.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Continue Educating Yourself with These Helpful Resources about Distracted Driving

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Most people know they shouldn’t text and drive, but the behavior still persists. Become familiar with the laws that have been put in place to temper distracted driving with the following links. If you do find yourself in an accident that was caused by someone else’s distracted driving, give the personal injury attorneys at Malman Law a call at (312) 983-6193.

    A Look at Illinois Law Regarding Cell Phone Use and Driving

    Last updated 2 months ago

    The use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle is a dangerous practice which is slowly being outlawed in order to reduce the likelihood of personal injury. In Illinois, cell phone laws are subject to primary enforcement, which means that a police officer has the right to pull a driver over for breaking any of the following rules:

    Complete Bans

    Recent legislation has increased the scope of drivers who may not use wireless phones in any capacity while driving. The ban now covers all drivers within 500 ft. of an incident scene where emergency vehicles have lights flashing, within construction and maintenance zones (even if speed is not reduced in the area), and within school zones. Groups prohibited from cell phone use include motorists ages 18 and under as well as school bus drivers.

    Prohibitions on Visual Activities

    Throughout Illinois, it is illegal for a driver to use a cell phone for texting, emailing, internet searches, taking pictures or video, and any other activity that involves looking at the phone for an extended period of time. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

    Hands-Free Requirements

    Motorists in Chicago, as well as commercial drivers throughout the state, must use a hands-free interface to speak on the phone. Fines for talking on a handheld cell phone when prohibited are as high as $500. A Bluetooth headset or wired earpiece allows you to keep both hands on the wheel while talking on the phone.  

    Exceptions

    While it is illegal to use a cell phone near the scene of an accident or police traffic stop, reporting an emergency or speaking to law enforcement is allowed. In addition, text messages can be sent by drivers using a voice-activated mode or who are parked on the shoulder.  

    If you have been the victim of an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Malman Law by calling (312) 983-6193. We offer complementary case consultations in accordance with our Zero Fee Guarantee. In other words, you are not charged unless you obtain the compensation you deserve.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    Personal Injury Claims: Sudden Train Stops

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Train operators have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their passengers. Unfortunately, due to mechanical failure or human error, a train may occasionally stop suddenly, endangering the people it carries.

    Rapid deceleration can result in a variety of injuries, including whiplash, concussion, and soft tissue damage. Moreover, the momentum of the train before a rapid stop can cause it to derail, which can prove fatal for passengers as well as bystanders.

    If you have been injured in a railroad incident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Malman Law. We can help you determine your rights and formulate a case to obtain compensation for your medical expenses. Call (312) 983-6193 to schedule your free legal consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

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