Common Worker’s Compensation Questions Covered

Common Worker’s Compensation Questions Covered

Throughout ancient and modern history, the American worker was not always valued. Instead, companies had the opportunity to make decisions based on their bottom line and not on the safety of those working for them. As recently as the early 1900s, American workers were typically not protected or supported if they were injured at work. Thanks to a pivotal book, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, that was published in 1906, the early framework for worker’s compensation began.

It has taken decades for the modern worker’s compensation laws to fully protect employees. Some would argue, however, that certain states have not gone far enough to ensure the safety and support of their employees.

Isn’t worker’s compensation the same across the country?

Unfortunately, no. Worker’s compensation rules and regulations vary by state. While there are certainly best practices, a company is only bound by the laws set forth in their home state.

What if I am injured in a state I don’t work in?
We see this situation happen quite often, thanks to being so close to Wisconsin and Iowa. If you are hired in Illinois but sent to work on a project in Wisconsin, for example, you are still covered with Illinois worker’s compensation protections.

What if my company’s headquarters are located in another state?

If you work for a company that is headquartered in Kansas but were hired in Illinois, you are covered by Illinois worker’s compensation laws.

How does Illinois compare when it comes to worker’s compensation laws?

While Illinois is certainly not perfect, we are lucky that Illinois has excellent worker’s compensation law. Compared to bordering states, workers in Illinois are more likely to receive better care and support in worker’s compensation claims.

Thanks to our strong worker’s compensation state laws, the team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesworks diligently to tie claims back to Illinois when possible. If you have been injured at work, even if it is in another state, but you have employment ties to Illinois, contact our office to talk more about it. We can provide guidance and representation to assure you receive the financial support you need during this time.

How Much is My Case Worth?

How Much is My Case Worth?

For decades, the team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates has worked with clients throughout the northern Illinois area to advocate for their best interests. During that time, we field a lot of questions from our clients. One inquiry we receive is “how much is my case worth”.

It’s no wonder clients are curious how much their case could potentially be worth. Our clients come to us in crisis, often worried about medical bills that are piling up and work paychecks that are not coming in. However, determining a potential value for a case is not an easy – or quick – task.

Beware Easy Answers

We discourage clients from using online tools that promise to calculate how much a settlement could be worth in their case. These calculators are inaccurate, as it takes a combination of record review and experience to estimate a case’s worth.

Further, we also discourage potential clients from using an attorney that promises a certain amount of money during the initial case consultation. Our years of experience have given us the knowledge to know that a quick meeting about your situation will not give anyone the information they need to make an accurate assumption of worth.

Go with Experience

Instead of seeking easy answers online or with an inexperienced attorney, contact our team. We are considered experts in evaluating case worth throughout the area. In fact, well-established firms as far away as the city of Chicago have called us to evaluate case value for their clients. Our team can evaluate case worth more accurately than others because we have tried many cases over the past few decades.

Our experience gives us a unique insight into case evaluation. We take into consideration the case, the medical bills, and recovery, as well as quality of life. Further, we understand each jury is different and can make or break a case.

It is okay to wonder what your case could be worth. However, you have to determine the potential value with an experienced attorney by your side. Call us today to set up your free consultation.

The Dangers of Unsafe Trucking Practices

The Dangers of Unsafe Trucking Practices

When you pull your car out of your driveway, you put your life in the hands of other drivers you encounter on your trip. We all share the road together, and one bad decision or distracted moment can bring grave consequences for others nearby.

Consider your latest commute. You probably passed multiple cars, minivans, and SUVs. You also likely passed large semi trucks. The trucking industry is an important one, as it moves goods across the country with efficiency. However, sometimes that efficiency can transform into danger when poor decisions are made.

Concerns About the Trucking Industry

Just like most businesses, the trucking industry is driven by profit. Sometimes, companies and drivers are rewarded for fast delivery. This need for speedy transportation can leave most drivers choosing between a good night’s sleep and pushing through to meet their delivery deadline.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations that are designed to keep drivers safe. There are required rest periods, electronic logs, pre-trip inspections, and other rules to assure trucks, and their drivers, are functioning at their best. Unfortunately, there are incidents of truck drivers ignoring these regulations.

Truck drivers have a higher incidence of driving while exhausted, driving while under the influence of stimulants, failing to maintain their truck, and even driving while texting or using the internet. This is especially frightening because a truck vs. car accident can be deadly.

What To Do

Professional truck drivers are held to a higher standard than drivers of cars because they are covering more miles and driving more hours each day. However, if a truck driver does not follow best practices and federal regulations, it can result in serious injury or even death.

If you, or your loved one, have been involved in an accident with a semi truck, finding an experienced lawyer immediately is crucial. Trucking companies are known for swooping into accident investigations quickly, and they may offer compensation that is significantly less than you are entitled to.

Call our team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates. We are not intimidated by large trucking companies and keep your best interests at the forefront. Contact us today to get started.

Cancer and Roundup: A Surprising Connection

Cancer and Roundup: A Surprising Connection

Cancer is always scary, and receiving a diagnosis is always shocking. Most cancer diagnoses come with no explanation as to whyor howcancer happened. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a connection between a hazardous substance and a cancer diagnosis later in life. Even more troubling is the fact that the person using the hazardous substance didn’t even know there were potential complications; they simply trusted the company making the substance.

One example of this is the mesothelioma and asbestos connectionwe have written about before. Another example gaining national attention is the connection between Roundup weed killer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The History of Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

For decades, Roundup weed killer was widely used throughout the country on both corn and soybean fields. It had everything a farmer, on a large or small scale, needed – it was quick, efficient, and easy. However, people who had contact with Roundup as an applicator or farmer began to notice an increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma as compared to others without Roundup contact.

Monsanto quickly purchased Roundup as complaints began to increase. Currently, there have been three juries who have been convinced Roundup was the cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in cases that went to court. These cases have given traction to other cases that link Roundup to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

What You Should Do Next

If you or your loved one have received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma andyou have a history of working with Roundup, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesimmediately to talk more about your situation. We are experienced in working with cases like these and are not afraid to fiercely advocate for your best interests.

You don’t have to go through this time alone, and we would be honored to work with you to achieve a favorable outcome. Contact us today to get started.

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