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How is My Workers Comp Case Handled in Illinois?

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Workers compensation is offered through most Illinois’ employers to employees who suffer an injury or an illness related to work while on the job. If you need to file a workers comp claim, you may want to enlist the assistance of a lawyer who can help you receive the most benefits you are eligible to receive.

Following are important guidelines to how your workers comp case can be handled:

  1. Any worker who is injured or becomes ill due to the work environment should seek medical assistance as soon as the accident or illness occurs. Prompt treatment can aid in reducing the amount of work you must miss, as well as increase your chance of a full recovery.
  2. Unless your accident results in a severe or catastrophic emergency, ensure you follow all company-mandated procedures to protect yourself and your ability to recover the workers comp benefits you deserve. Always report the injury or illness to your supervisor even if it seems minor; in doing this step, you will have proper documentation if the injury results in more serious consequences than originally suspected.
  3. Always carefully follow all medical guidelines given at the time of your treatment. If this includes not working for an extended period of time, your workers comp benefits will cover the medical expenses and the lost wages. If you face any obstacles in obtaining your benefits, seek the legal counsel of an Illinois’ workers comp lawyer.
  4. If you must establish representation from a lawyer, provide your lawyer with all documentation from your case, including medical records, lost wages, and any correspondence with the insurance company and your employer.

Workers Comp Representation in Illinois                                                                                    

The workers comp lawyer team at Curcio Law Offices has a reputation for successfully representing clients in all matters of workers comp benefits. Call our Illinois office today to see how we can help you.

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Are You Being Told When the Hospital Makes Mistakes?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A CNN report recently highlighted just how often medical mistakes occur in hospitals throughout the United States siting that medical errors kill over 250,000 people every year and injure millions of other patients.

When we enter a hospital, we hope we will be released healthy, not critically injured or ill. If a mistake does occur, the medical staff who caused the mistake may not want to inform the patient or their loved ones to attempt to avoid costly medical malpractice suits. Unfortunately, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are humans and not immune to mistakes. However, there are steps you can take to advocate for your own health and avoid these five common mishaps:

  1. Treatment for the wrong patient – often hospital personnel will fail to verify a patient’s identity and the wrong patient can receive treatment intended for another patient. The best prevention for this mistake is to make sure the staff verifies your exact, complete name and date of birth before any medical aid is administered. If you will be going under for a procedure, speak with the treating doctor prior to going under.
  2. Surgical equipment is left inside a patient after a surgery – following an operation, if you have undue pain, swelling or fever, ask for verification that there are no surgical tools left inside of you.
  3. Losing a patient – Alzheimer or dementia patients may wander to an area where they become trapped or where they are unable to receive critical medical treatment that could save their lives. Consider having your loved one wear a GPS monitoring bracelet if they suffer from confusion.
  4. Becoming catastrophically ill while waiting in the emergency room – if an ER is overloaded, a patient may reach a critical point before being treated. Ask your personal physician to call the ER on your way to the hospital. Often, physicians will listen to other physicians and you can receive the life-saving treatment you need.
  5. Surgery performed on the wrong limb – if a patient’s chart is incorrect or if a surgeon misreads it, the patient can have an operation performed on the wrong limb or body part. Just before your surgery, or before you receive any relaxation medicine, confirm that the proper limb is marked for surgery.

Medical Malpractice Representation in IL

If you or someone you love suffered an injury, illness or even death due to a mistake made at a hospital or under a physician’s care, you need to contact the medical malpractice attorney team at Curcio Law Offices in Chicago, IL. We always offer a free consultation, and we work this type of claim on a contingency basis.

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What is the Time Limit for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Illinois?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Under IL statutes of limitations, civil personal injury claims are given a two year time limit to be filed. However, there are some exceptions to this statute that a personal injury lawyer can advise you on if you have passed this time limit. This time frame, under statute 735 ILCS 5/13-202, includes injuries incurred by:

  • False imprisonment
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Statutory penalty
  • Abduction
  • Seduction
  • Criminal conversation

Personal Injury Claims if Caused by Certain Crimes

If the case involved an injury incurred during a crime, due to a defendant who is convicted of first degree murder, a Class X or Class 1 felony, then there is no time limit for the injured, or the deceased’s surviving family members, to file a personal injury claim.

Disabled People and Minors who Suffer a Personal Injury

If you are the parent or guardian of a minor or disabled person, you can file a personal injury claim on their behalf. Once a minor turns 18, he or she can file a personal injury claim if a parent or guardian has not already done so. The time limit begins on their 18th birthday. The statute does not begin for a disabled person until he or she is no longer disabled.

Product Liability Claims and Medical Malpractice Claims

Personal injuries suffered from a defective product or due to medical malpractice are governed under the same two year time limit. However, there are many exceptions in these areas of personal injury law that can be explained by a lawyer who has expertise with these types of claims. Curcio Law Offices has represented numerous people with product liability claims and medical malpractice cases, and our firm can help clarify the complexities of these laws.

Personal Injury Lawyer in IL

If you or someone you love needs sound legal guidance in any area of personal injury, you need to contact the Chicago, IL office of Curcio Law today for a free consultation.

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Welcome to the Curcio Law Blog

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Welcome to our brand new blog! Check back soon to keep up to date with us!