There are few things worse than suffering a serious injury on the job. If this happens, you will face a variety of challenges in the near future.
Working for a living can be tough. Professionals in any field can face injuries. Those who are injured on the job are generally entitled to compensation to help cover the costs associated with the injury. These costs can vary, but often include medical bills, prescriptions, physical therapy and other rehabilitative costs as well as lost wages. Compensation to cover these costs is generally available through the workers' compensation system.
It was recently reported that more than 26,000 claims for workers' compensation were filed for Illinois state employees between 2007 and 2010. These claims resulted in payment by the state of $295 million in workers' compensation benefits. Some of these claims -- though certainly not all -- were made by corrections workers for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Residents in Southern Illinois may know that some jobs are especially risky and thus more liable to result in injuries requiring a workers' compensation claim. But the truth is that virtually every occupation involves certain situations that pose the risk of workplace injury.