Illinois employers that have hazardous chemicals must provide personal protective equipment to any employees who work around them. Workers who are sickened or injured because of workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals may file claims for workers' compensation benefits.
In Illinois, mask-wearing is an essential preventative measure to help to stop the spread of COVID-19, but improper breathing while wearing masks for prolonged periods can lead to respiratory problems for workers. Workers who wear masks for eight or more hours per day may suffer from headaches, dizziness, fatigue, rapid heart rates, and anxiety.
Welding is done at high temperatures using electricity and gases, putting welders at risk for a myriad of workplace injuries. This line of work leaves professionals facing daily hazards such as burns, electric shock, optical and acoustic injury, and explosions.
Several states have passed COVID-related presumption laws. California, Vermont, and Illinois are some of the states that have so far extended workers' compensation presumptions to include COVID-19 for essential workers.
Police officers face a variety of dangers while on duty including fatal and non-fatal injuries. Daily duties put officers at risk for car accidents, physical assaults, accidental shootings, and homicide.
When workers' compensation doctors in Illinois tell injured workers their injuries are not work-related, victims have a right to seek another opinion under the two-doctor rule. To keep costs down, it is common for physicians to tell patients their current medical problems don't stem from a work-related injury, especially when Preferred Provider Programs are involved.