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Mattoon. 13 IWCC 0307. 52-year-old worker. 9th grade education. Left hand tendon laceration. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $436.64 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $624,395.00.

Champaign. 08 WC 024676. 54-year-old CNA. Bilateral shoulder surgeries. Permanent restrictions. Two vocational experts failed to locate suitable light duty work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $441.93 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $620,469.72.

Springfield. 07 WC 022228. 66-year-old maintenance worker. Failed two level lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $538.36 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $461,912.00.

Quincy. 12 IWCC 0936. 56-year-old municipal worker. Lumbar and S1 radiculopathy. Permanent work restrictions. No surgery. Failed job search. Awarded $466.13 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $581,730.00.

Quincy. 12 IWCC0715. 52-year-old CNA. Lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $420.33 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $671,571.96.

Springfield, IL. 07WC33626. 63-year-old truck driver. Four shoulder surgeries. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $802.61 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $780,467.00.

Quincy, IL. 09WC47036. 56-year-old street worker. Disc injury. No surgery. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $466.13 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of award is $586,577.99.

Quincy, IL. 06WC39148. 52-year-old LPN. Lumbar fusion. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $420.33 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of award is $677,571.00.

Springfield, IL. 10IWCC0667. 56-year-old union pipe-fitter. Injured forearm/surgery. Permanent restrictions. Job change. Wage loss. Awarded wage differential of $550 a week for life. Total lifetime expected payout is $833,804.

Springfield, IL. 10IWCC0875. 54-year-old union laborer. Spinal injuries and head trauma. Unable to return to work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $642.50 per week for life. Total lifetime expected lifetime payout of $998,400.

Jacksonville, IL. 06WC17899. 59-year-old mental health tech. Lumbar spine injury. No surgery. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Total expected payout of award is $741,442.

Collinsville, IL. 06WC006887. 47-year-old Machinist. Right shoulder, elbow and hand surgery. Permanent restrictions. Wage loss. Awarded wage differential of $620 per week for life. Total expected payout $1,257,339.

Jacksonville, IL. 02WC007151. 44-year-old maintenance worker. Sarcoidosis and pneumoconiosis related to silica and titanium dust exposure. Medically removed from work. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $375.15 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout $663,265.

Quincy, IL. 06WC44315. 51-year-old Corrections Officer. Bilateral knee and foot injuries. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Awarded $842 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of $1,270,610.

Quincy, IL. 03WC049262. 38-year-old wheel welder. Lumbar spine surgery. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Total expected lifetime payout is $861,190.

Jacksonville, IL. 04WC60350. 64-year-old mental health tech. Cervical spine surgery. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Total expected lifetime payout is $417,500.

Springfield, IL. 05WC51313. Truck driver. Left knee surgery. Permanent restrictions. Failed job search. Awarded $704.75 per week for life. Total expected payout of $842,881.

Jacksonville, IL. 03WC4738. 61-year-old mental health tech. Bilateral knee replacements. Permanent work restrictions. Failed job search. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $371 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout of $405,263.

Quincy, IL. 02WC5952. 47-year-old worker sustained. Forearm reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Permanent restrictions. Permanent and total disability. Awarded $347 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout is $632,723.

Springfield, IL. 01WC20337. 44-year-old truck driver. Spinal sub-arachnoid cysts. Doctor prescribe no return to work. Permanently and totally disability. Awarded $454.29 per week for life. Total expected lifetime payout is $910,004.

Mattoon, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $624,395. Award. 52-year-old injured worker. Atrophy of shoulder musculature necessitating permanent restrictions. Worker found permanently and totally disabled and awarded $436.64 per week for life.

Champaign, IL.. Workers Compensation Claim: $620,469. Award. 54-year-old CAN sustained bilateral shoulder injuries for which she underwent three surgeries. Permanent restrictions issued. Worker found permanently and totally disabled and awarded $441.93 per week for life.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $461,912. Award. 66-year-old plant maintenance worker sustained injury to lumbar spine resulting in disk herniation’s. Worker found permanently and totally disabled and awarded $538.36 per week for life.

Quincy, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $581,730. Award. 56-year-old municipal worker sustained bilateral lumbar and S1 radiculopathy and degenerative disk disease aggravated by work injury resulting in permanent work restrictions. Worker awarded $466.13 per week for life. Case settled after Commission award.

Quincy, IL Workers Compensation Claim: $671,571.. Award. 52-year-old CNA sustained injury aggravating previous lumbar spine condition necessitating lumbar fusion. Permanent work restrictions issued. Petitioner’s failed job search resulted in finding of permanent and total disability. Petitioner awarded $420.33 per week for life. Case settled after arbitration award.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $780,467. Award. 63-year-old truck driver involved in truck accident. Multiple injuries to back and neck, four shoulder surgeries. Permanent work restrictions. Permanent and total disability.

Quincy, IL.. Workers Compensation Claim: $586,577. Award. 56-year-old municipal street worker with lower back disc injury while lifting at work. No surgery. Permanent work restrictions. Permanent and total disability.

Quincy, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $677,571. Award. 52-year-old licensed practical nurse sustains back injury and has lumbar fusion. Released with permanent work restrictions. Permanent and total disability.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $833,804. Award. 56-year-old union pipe-fitter sustained injury to wrist and arm. Employer disputed liability for injury and wage differential. Permanent restrictions.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $998,400. Award. 54-year-old union laborer sustained spinal injuries and head trauma. Permanent and total disability disputed. Worker awarded permanent and total disability benefits plus medical expenses.

Jacksonville, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $741,442. Award. 59-year-old mental health technician sustained lumbar spine injury. Permanent restrictions. Permanent and total disability disputed. Worker found permanently and totally disabled.

Collinsville, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $1,257,339. Award. 47-year-old Machinist/Adjuster sustained repetitive trauma injuries to her shoulder, elbow and hands. Permanent restrictions. Awarded wage differential of $620 per week for life.

Jacksonville, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $663,265. Award. 44-year-old maintenance worker alleged sarcoidosis and pneumoconiosis was related to exposure to silica and titanium dust dioxide at paint manufacturing plant. Worker awarded permanent and total disability benefits.

Quincy, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $1,270,610. Award. 51-year-old Corrections Officer sustained bilateral knee and foot injuries as a result of repetitive trauma. Injured worker awarded $842 per week for life.

Quincy, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $861,190. Award. 38-year-old wheel welder with operated lumbar spine and permanent restrictions. Injured worker failed to locate employment within her permanent restrictions.

Jacksonville, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $417,500. Award. 64-year-old mental health technician sustained herniated cervical disk and underwent surgery.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $842,881. Award. Truck driver/teamster sustained injury to left knee and lumbar spine. Knee surgery. Permanent restrictions issued.

Jacksonville, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $405,263. Award. 61-year-old mental health technician sustained bilateral knee injuries requiring bilateral knee replacements. Placed on permanent work restrictions.

Quincy, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $632,723. Award. 47-year-old non-union worker sustained injury to elbow and forearm resulting in reflex sympathetic dystrophy and chronic pain requiring medication for pain control. Permanent restrictions issued.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: 910,004. Award. 44-year-old short haul truck driver. Spinal sub-arachnoid cysts. Employer disputed liability and paid neurosurgeon $15,000 to attend arbitration hearing to testify in person against employee's claim. Injured worker found permanently and totally disabled.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $400,000.00 Lump sum settlement. 41 year old laborer with crush injury to leg. Permanent light duty restrictions. Failed job search. No return to work. Disputed permanent total disability/wage loss.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $300,000 Lump sum settlement. Laborer. Permanent work restrictions. Employer disputed liability. Wage loss.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $287,500 Lump sum settlement. Delivery truck driver. Lumbar spine injury. Medium duty restrictions. Job change. Permanent and total disability disputed.

Springfield, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $275,000 Lump sum settlement. Springfield, IL 61-year-old pressman. Injured worker alleged repetitive trauma to knees and arm. Employer disputed liability.

Carlinville, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $242,500 Lump sum settlement. 64-year-old Janitor. Bilateral carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome operated. Retired.

Quincy, IL. Workers Compensation Claim: $236,870 Lump sum settlement. Cervical fusion, bilateral carpal tunnel surgery, right lateral epicondylitis. Job change. Minimal wage loss.

Springfield, IL. $375,000.00. 60-year-old bricklayer. Shoulder surgery. Permanent restrictions. No return to work. Failed job search. Disputed permanent total disability and wage loss.

Springfield, IL. $300,000. Laborer. Permanent work restrictions. Employer disputed liability. Wage loss.

Springfield, IL. $287,500. Delivery truck driver. Lumbar spine injury. Medium duty restrictions. Job change. Permanent and total disability disputed.

Springfield, IL. $275,000. Springfield, IL 61-year-old pressman. Injured worker alleged repetitive trauma to knees and arm. Employer disputed liability.

Springfield, IL. $248,717.92. 49-year-old concrete finisher. Bilateral hip surgery. No return to work. Located other work and sustained future wage loss. Compromise of wage loss.

Carlinville, IL. $242,500. 64-year-old Janitor. Bilateral carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome operated. Retired.

Quincy, IL. $236,870. Cervical fusion, bilateral carpal tunnel surgery, right lateral epicondylitis. Job change. Minimal wage loss.

Quincy, IL. $240,000. 64-year-old truck driver. Permanent and total disability disputed.

Quincy, IL. $230,000.00. 39-year-old dock worker with lumbar spine injury with surgery. Permanent restrictions.

Quincy, IL $225,000. 56-year-old truck driver. Permanent and total disability disputed.

Champaign, IL. $220,550. Injured worker sustained a crush injury to the heel of left foot. No surgery. Placed on permanent restrictions. Sustained wage loss of $268.64 per week.

Springfield, IL. $210,000. 55-year-old Pressman. Permanent work restrictions.

Carlinville, IL. $200,000. 57-year-old coal miner. Cervical fusion, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Permanent restrictions.

Jacksonville, IL. $200,000.00. 55-year-old mechanic. Lumbar spine surgery. Fusion Permanent restrictions. No return to work. Disputed permanent and total disability.

Quincy, IL. $200,000.00. 57-year-old carpenter with lumbar spine herniation. Failed lumbar fusion with permanent restrictions. Future wage loss.

Quincy, IL. $200,000.00. 42-year-old truck driver two level lumbar fusion. Permanent restrictions. Future wage loss.

Jacksonville, IL. $200,000.00. 55-year-old female painter with bilateral, operated carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome with permanent restrictions. Future wage loss.

Pittsfield, IL. $190,000. Delivery Driver, lumbar fusion with permanent restrictions. Job change and wage loss.

Galesburg, IL. $190,000. Fast food worker earning $173.17 per week. Failed lumbar fusion. Liability disputed and diligent job search disputed. Disputed permanent and total disability.

Jacksonville, IL. $185,000. 53-year-old production worker. Permanent restrictions from a failed back syndrome and spinal cord stimulator.

Springfield, IL. $175,000. Laborer. Lumbar spine bulging disk. No surgery. Permanent restrictions.

Decatur, IL. $160,000. Food product sales. Closed head injury. Liability and extent of disability disputed.

Quincy, IL. $153,158. Truck driver. Lumbar fusion with permanent restrictions. Employer accommodated permanent work restrictions. Wage loss. Wage differential.

Springfield, IL. $150,000. Janitor. Un-operated hip and low back injury. Permanent restrictions. Wage loss.

Peoria, IL. $135,000. Bilateral carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel syndrome. Permanent work restrictions. Job change.

Springfield, IL. $400,000.00. 41-year-old laborer with crush injury to leg. Permanent light duty restrictions. Failed job search. No return to work. Disputed permanent total disability/wage loss.

Workplace Injury Attorney Serving Springfield, IL

Our lawyers handle various on-the-job injury compensation claims in Springfield & Peoria

When most people hear about workplace injuries, they usually assume they occurred while performing construction work or other physical labor. However, on-the-job injuries can happen anywhere, and office workers, factory workers, commercial drivers and retail professionals may experience injuries that leave them in need of workers' compensation benefits. At Boshardy Law Office in Springfield, our workers' compensation and personal injury attorneys have handled a wide range of these cases in the past for employees in many different fields. With more than 20 years of experience serving Peoria, Springfield and the surrounding communities, we can help you seek the compensation you need after an injury or illness forces you out of work.

Workplace injuries may cause serious health complications

Even the most basic tasks performed over time can cause major injury, particularly if done repeatedly for months or years. While falling objects, slippery surfaces and blocked walkways may all cause accidents at work, many other workers' compensation claims fall under the category of long-term injuries. The following are some of the most common work-related injuries and health issues:

  • Joint injuries. Due to the physical demands of many jobs, workers' joints are susceptible to injuries like ankle, wrist and elbow sprains, shoulder and wrist tears and dislocations, and hip and shoulder separations. These personal injuries often require surgery to correct, keeping workers off the job for at least a few weeks.
  • Traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, results from a blow to the head. These injuries are devastating and cause brain damage that hampers your ability to function properly. In serious cases, a traumatic brain injury may require lifelong medical treatment and therapy to treat.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. This painful condition arises from compression of the nerves in the wrist and can hamper your ability to use your hands. In the United States, carpal tunnel syndrome is the No. 1 contributor to lost time at work, most often affecting office workers who do a lot of typing.
  • Exposure to hazardous materials. Some jobs require workers to be exposed to dangerous materials, such as waste, chemicals or asbestos. Other jobs may cause hearing loss over time. Speak with a skilled attorney in Illinois if this has happened to you.

Dealing with conditions arising from common workplace injuries

An injury at the workplace may be caused by falling debris, repetitive motion, exposure to dangerous materials and many other conditions. If you suffer a work-related injury, you may lose time at work or miss out on opportunities for advancement, costing you and your family money. At Boshardy Law Office, our legal team has more than 20 years of experience representing the unique needs of individuals across central Illinois, including in Springfield & Peoria.

Common medical conditions arising from workplace injuries

Work-related injuries occur in many different ways and thus have different impacts on the body. Below are a few common health conditions that can be caused by workplace accidents:

  • Back and neck injuries. Herniated disks, fractured vertebrae, cervical fractures, low back strains, lumbar sprains, neck sprains and pinched nerves are all common conditions that can result from workplace injuries, especially in environments that require heavy lifting.
  • Vision or hearing loss. You may be awarded workers' compensation if you lose partial vision, become legally blind or physically lose your eyes due to a fire, a chemical spill or airborne objects at the worksite. Similarly, losing hearing or becoming completely deaf due to a noisy work environment or other job factors may also make you eligible for workers' comp benefits.
  • Heart attack or stroke. In jobs that require an unusual amount of exertion and stress, heart attacks and strokes are fairly regular occurrences.

Representing workers in repetitive trauma claims

Workers' compensation insurance provides benefits to employees who suffer an injury due to a sudden act, such as a being struck by falling objects, falling off a roof or getting into a car accident. It also covers long-term injuries and medical conditions that result from months or years of performing certain job-related tasks. The attorneys at Boshardy Law Office, P.C. know how to handle claims of repetitive trauma injuries so you can receive the compensation you need to start your physical recovery.

About repetitive stress and trauma injuries in the workplace

Repetitive trauma injuries happen to workers across a wide range of industries, including those in factory and construction jobs and office personnel. Often, these conditions develop over time, without the workers noticing until they begin to experience significant pain or discomfort. The following are common repetitive stress injuries:

  • Carpal tunnel. This is an injury that results from the repeated compression of the nerves in the wrist. It can leave you in great pain and unable to effectively use your hands. Carpal tunnel is commonly associated with typing, but many other jobs that require workers to use their hands frequently and in a repetitive manner may also cause the condition.
  • Joint injuries. Jobs that require workers to stand, shift, twist or lift heavy objects can all cause damage to the joints over time. The most common injuries are strains or sprains of the elbows, knees, hips and lower back. These injuries generally require surgery to correct.
  • Stress fractures. When a job requires workers to repeatedly lift heavy items, stress fractures may result. This happens when muscles get tired while lifting and transfer weight to the bone, causing small breaks that can damage limbs.

What to do if you have been injured at work

The most common reason injured workers lose their workers' compensation cases is making mistakes immediately after they suffer injuries.

In order to avoid these mistakes, call Boshardy Law Office to discuss how to preserve your rights. Below are a few important rules to follow:

  • Notify your employer immediately. Even if you do not believe that you require medical care, if you fail to notify your employer that you have suffered a work accident within 45 days, you cannot recover any compensation should you later discover that you were more severely injured than you thought.
  • For repetitive trauma injuries, you are required to provide notice within 45 days of the date you became aware that you had a condition that was caused by the repetitive nature of your job, and that date must align with the time in which a reasonable person would have become aware of the correlation between the injuries and the job.
  • Do not believe that your employer and the insurance company are going to allow you to avoid the rules for giving notice of your injuries because you are a valued employee. An insurance company has no financial interest in treating you fairly. You must follow this rule.
  • Contrary to popular belief, an injured worker cannot be fired for reporting a work accident or filing a workers' compensation claim.
  • Seek treatment from a physician as soon as possible.
  • Tell your physician about the injury in as much detail as possible. Ensure that your doctor records this description accurately. If you are seeking treatment for what you believe is a repetitive trauma injury, describe your work activities as accurately and in as much detail as you can. Do not assume that your doctor understands what you do at work.
  • Consult the experienced team at Boshardy Law Office as soon after your injury as possible to receive advice on all of these matters and to protect your rights. Remember that your attorney seeks to protect you, not your employer or the insurance company.

Call Boshardy Law Office, P.C. for a legal team with a record of success in Springfield, IL

John V. Boshardy has been representing workers in Illinois for nearly 20 years. If you have been injured on the job, contact Boshardy Law Office, P.C. now.