How and Why You Need to Document Workplace Injuries
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How and Why You Need to Document Workplace Injuries

We know how difficult it can be to sustain an injury or illness from a workplace incident. And, it’s okay if you don’t know everything about Workers’ Compensation yet. In fact, many of those injured are unaware of their rights to recover benefits. We’ll walk you through the most important tips to remember when documenting…

Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Veterans’ Compensation Claim?
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Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Veterans’ Compensation Claim?

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The short answer is no—a lawyer is not required to file a veterans’ compensation claim. However, filing such a claim is a very lengthy process that can be quite daunting. Anyone who has dealt with the Veterans Administration (VA) knows that it can be a long, drawn-out process. You’ll need to make sure every one…

Common Workplace Injuries
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Common Workplace Injuries

Today’s workspaces are full of safety hazards—and they’re more common than you think. A work injury can be debilitating and lessen one’s quality of life. Getting injured at work can also be an emotional tightrope, as you try to navigate unfamiliar territory. You need to get better, and at the same time, you may feel…

Can My Employer Require Masks and/or COVID-19 Vaccines?
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Can My Employer Require Masks and/or COVID-19 Vaccines?

Regardless of whether you think everyone should get vaccinated or no one should, or that everyone should wear a mask or not, it is important to know what your employer can and cannot mandate in the workplace. Rules, guidance and policies are changing rapidly in Illinois. So, while this information is current as of September…

Hurt at Work? Let Us Help
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Hurt at Work? Let Us Help

At Black and Jones, we know jobs can be demanding. We also know if you’re hurt at work, you’re not able to provide and pay your monthly expenses. It’s tough enough putting in so many hours with little compensation, but getting hurt at work can also be a life-altering injury. Your job, self-esteem, relationship with…

Attention Firefighters: Expanded Benefits in Illinois
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Attention Firefighters: Expanded Benefits in Illinois

Last month the Illinois Legislature amended the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act to expand benefits for firefighters in Illinois by including MRSA infections as being presumed to be caused by workplace exposure. HB 3662 amends 820 ILCS 305/6(f) and awaits Governor Pritzker’s final signature. There is little doubt it will be signed into law. Under this…