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They are routinely yelled at, spat at, pummeled, kicked, scratched and even stabbed by the people they’re trying to save.

In many states, being a nurse is more dangerous than being a police officer or a prison guard. It’s a profession with a stunning amount of violence……

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“They had contracts to provide content or services, did that, and weren’t paid.”

– Joshua File, Katz Friedman Attorney

This week Katz Friedman Law office filed a lawsuit for a group of 38 Ebony magazine freelancers in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming they are collectively owed more than $70,000 for their work.

About 1,200 University of Illinois Hospital nurses plan to strike Sept. 13 if they are unable to reach a contract agreement beforehand.

The nurses voted overwhelmingly for the strike last week, and will strike for 24 hours, said Alice Johnson, executive director of the Illinois Nurses Association. They plan to picket that day, she said.

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United Airlines (UAL) employees are talking and social media chat rooms are buzzing about the potential change in workers’ compensation administrators. For about 20 years Gallagher Bassett has been administrating the claims for benefits due to occupational injuries also known as “occupationals”, “OJI” or workers’ compensation injuries. Typically, an administrator provides claims adjustment services that include the investigation and processing of injury claims and payment of weekly workers’ compensation income benefits known as temporary total disability (TTD) and authorization for medical procedures and payment of medical bills. The administrator may also, at times, negotiate settlements after the injured worker has been released from doctor’s care.

There does not appear to have been a formal notice or press release confirming that United Airlines is replacing Gallagher Bassett. There has been speculation that this may occur October 1, 2017 and that the new claims administrator will be Sedgwick Claims Management Services.

Helpful Advice for the Injured Worker

What do I do when I am injured at work?

You know your job and you know what to do when things are running smoothly and when things go wrong. However, when you get injured you may be unsure about what to do and what to say. Here are some helpful hints for figuring out what to do when you get injured at work.

1. Report everything. If you get hurt at work you should report the accident to your superiors as soon as possible. Let them know exactly what happened and when it happened. It is easy when you have a specific injury, “I picked up a box and felt a sharp pain in my low back.” It is harder when the injury is due to the repetitive and forceful activities that you do at work. If you have pain and think it is work related let somebody know about it and see a doctor. You will need to report the claim to your employer as soon as a doctor tells you that your pain may be work related. Reporting every injury does not mean you are going to a doctor or hiring a lawyer every time. You are documenting that something happened. If you get hurt on Thursday but do not report it until the following Monday your employer may question your claim. Report the accident as soon as possible.

Illinois is among states in the running for a manufacturing plant that Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda want to build in the U.S., with plans to hire as many as 4,000 workers.

The state has provided information to the car companies about potential locations, according to sources. Northern Illinois cities along Interstate 88 are believed to be under consideration, including a site in Rochelle along two expressways.

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When you live in the land of opportunity and yours passes you by, a life that began with lofty dreams and unlimited potential can result in devastating humiliation.

I know because it happened to me……

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What to expect when talking to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney  

Hiring a dedicated and knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney will increase your chance of obtaining the benefits you deserve under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. An attorney will inform you of your rights under the law, will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, will gather medical and vocational evidence, and will negotiate a settlement or represent you in a hearing at the conclusion of your claim.

During your initial consultation, an attorney will ask you a series of questions to determine whether or not he or she is able to represent you.  The following is a list of information the attorney may need to understand and assess your workers’ compensation claim.  Please be aware that because workers’ compensation claims are time sensitive, it is often beneficial to contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible, even if you do not yet have all of the information listed.

Social Security claims require medical evidence to prove disability. When we go to a hearing we need to know that there is medical evidence to prove your case. We have searched Social Security’s record. If there are missing items we make sure to order those records and admit them to the record. We have also read the records to make sure they prove that you are disabled. If your doctor says that you are able to work you cannot win your case. Your doctor needs to give specific restrictions that are supported by the medical records. For example, if you have an injured back, how much can you lift? Can you lift 20 lbs? 10 lbs, 5 lbs? Will your doctor say that you are able to perform heavy medium, light or sedentary duty? Are there any other issues such as the need to take a break or restrictions on bending? More details help Social Security understand why you claim to be disabled.

Depending on your age, education and other skills we may know what level of disability will qualify you for benefits. For example if you are 51 years old, have limited education and do not have transferable skills you will be disabled if you can only perform at the sedentary level. We can then ask your doctor if you are at that level. When your doctor writes back that you are at the sedentary level or puts that information in your record he or she is helping us prove your claim. Thank you doctor!