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.

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.

Trampoline Injuries

Trampoline Injuries


These days, many backyards are equipped with structures to encourage family fun. Swing sets, sandboxes and tire swings can keep kiddos busy when the weather is nice enough to play. However, these backyard additions can also pose the potential for injuries. One of the biggest culprits of backyard injuries? Trampolines.

While trampolines are a great way for kids to bounce, exercise, and burn some energy, roughhousing and catching a double bounce can make the trampoline a dangerous place. The Mayo Clinic reports that childhood injuries for kids can include sprains and breaks, as well as neck or head injuries. If you have a trampoline at home, or if you will be visiting a home that has a trampoline, you should take care to protect yourself and others.

Set Limits
As with most childhood experiences, it is up to the parents to set appropriate limits and rules to keep everyone safe. Don’t allow bigger kids to be in the trampoline with smaller kids, as their weight difference can be especially dangerous. Don’t allow flips or other tricks on the trampoline and encourage only one person to be on the trampoline at a time. Finally, keep a close eye on kids when they are in the trampoline.

Keep the Structure Safe
Trampolines should never be on a hill or uneven surface. Instead, put the trampoline on a flat area of the yard. Next, assure the trampoline has a safety net appropriately installed on the perimeter of the trampoline. Cover springs with pads as well to keep fingers, toes, and feet safe.

In Case of Injury
Taking precautions does not eliminate the chance of injury. If someone is injured on the trampoline, follow first aid recommendations. For an ankle sprain or injury, use ice on the area and follow up with a doctor if the swelling does not go down. For potential head or neck injuries, do not move the person. Instead, call 911.

If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it is your responsibility to let your home insurance company know. Their coverage will be able to cover costs for any injury sustained on your property. If you are injured on someone else’s trampoline, keep all medical bills and work with their insurance company to file a claim.

Working with a reputable and experienced attorney can be beneficial if you, or someone you love, have been injured due to a trampoline. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates are ready to advocate for your needs and assure you get a fair outcome. Give us a call to talk more about your options today.

Common Worker’s Compensation Questions Covered

Choosing a Local Law Office Benefits You

The phrase “buy local” is commonplace these days, and for good reason. For the past few decades, thanks to technology and major national retailers, we have all gotten away from buying what we need from our neighbors. Now, a quick keyword search and a click on a smartphone can allow you to have almost anything delivered right to your front door in a matter of days. However, when we choose to purchase from people who live in our area, we can give back to our community and the people who make it better.

Buying local goes well beyond purchasing locally grown produce or spending money at a local Main Street boutique. You can choose to buy services from people in your community as well. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates has been serving people throughout the Rockford and northern Illinois area for decades. When you need legal advice and guidance, “buying local” from us will get you better service, better connections, and better results.

Better Service
National law firms, offering advice to customers from thousands of miles away, are a relatively new invention. However, we have already started to see the major downfalls of this type of model. If you work with a law firm in a different state or region, you are missing out on working with an attorney who knows your state’s laws inside and out. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we pride ourselves on keeping up with law and regulation changes. We know the major changes and the small nuances, and we adapt our client strategies accordingly.

Better Connections’
When you work and live in a community for as long as we have, making connections happens easily. We have worked with judges and attorneys throughout the area for years, and they know what we are about and who we represent. We are much more likely to communicate effectively with these colleagues, which only benefits our clients in the short and long term. Also, our strong relationships in the northern Illinois community give us the ability to connect clients with other professionals, like doctors and physical therapists, (Note to Andrew: or any other medical provider you want to use instead. But surgeons and doctors are the same, so maybe use a different provider)who can help them through their injury recovery process.

Better Results
Our results speak for themselves, demonstrating our clients get what they deserve when it comes to financial outcomes. Our team of attorneys is well respected and our guidance is revered in the community.

Are you ready to buy local and choose to work with MacCloskey Kesler and Associates? Give us a call to set up your consultation today.

Potentially Serious Consequences From Animal Attacks

Potentially Serious Consequences From Animal Attacks

Your pet is part of the family. Your four-legged friend is there to greet you after a long day of work and can make your child laugh no matter what. However, some animals are not friendly and can be aggressive to humans; in fact, some animals can be friendly to their owners but aggressive to others. In any case, animal attacks, specifically dangerous encounters with a dog, can cause serious harm to you or your loved ones.

Dog Bite Statistics
Man’s best friend can also be man’s biggest enemy. Illinois residents are especially prone to being on the receiving end of a dog bite. In fact, NBC5 reportedthat Illinois was among the top three states for dog bite claims just a few years ago. While dogs attack for a variety of reasons, one thing is certain: a dog bite can cause physical injury and emotional trauma that could last well beyond the encounter.

Dangers of Dog Bites
When a dog attacks a human, the physical injuries are noticed first. Puncture wounds, skin tears, and even muscle damage are common. The injured party can deal with immediate and chronic pain that can affect range of motion, daily life, and even work responsibilities. However, the emotional trauma of being bitten by a dog can be just as devastating.

People who have been attacked by a dog can show signs of emotional distress, including symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This emotional trauma can require counseling and medical treatment to decrease anxiety, and can even make returning to a normal life – personally and professionally – considerably more difficult.

How to Get Help
If you have been injured due to a dog bite or attack, connect with an attorney as soon as possible. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associatesoffers considerable experience working for clients who have been injured, and we get the results our clients need to feel their best. We will work with you to get the compensation you require, and we are not afraid of taking your case to court.

Contact us today, so that we can get started on your case. Your physical and emotional health are important, and you deserve the compensation to support your overall wellness.

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