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The Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

According to the National Safety Council, there are a few common denominators among American jobs with the highest death rates. These include: working at dangerous heights, the use of hazardous machinery, and driving for extended periods. All of the following jobs were ranked according to the number of recorded fatal injuries. See if your job makes the list:

1. Fishers

Fishing jobs top the list of the most dangerous jobs with drowning being the number one cause. Commercial fishing requires physically demanding work and exposure to severe weather out on the water. Access to medical care may be unavailable, as most of their work is done far from civilization.

2. Logging Workers

In the logging industry, workers are required to participate in intense physical work within remote areas. Common accidents include being struck by a log or branch or harmed by sharp machineries such as harvesters or chainsaws.

3. Pilots and Flight Engineers

Pilots and flight engineers are constantly at risk of sustaining a severe injury or dying in a crash. Their work is also extremely mentally and physically challenging with the stress of schedules and layovers, which can lead to extreme exhaustion.

4. Roofers

Obviously, roofing work involves working at dangerous heights. There is always a risk of falling from scaffolds, ladders, and rooftops, which can result in serious injury or death. These workers can also be at risk for heat-related illness due to working in direct sunlight in extremely hot temperatures.

5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

The majority of these workers spend a great deal of time in vehicles. As a result, most fatal injuries are caused by auto accidents. However, they are also exposed to various pollutants that can cause serious sickness.

When you suffer from a workplace injury or you have an accident at work, it's critical that you have an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side. Joe McCarron can be the advocate you need. He will guide you throughout the entire process and provide you with top-notch representation to obtain the amount of compensation you rightfully deserve. Schedule your consultation today by visiting the McCarron Law Firm website or calling us at 309-820-1010. 

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National Safety Month: The Top 4 Fatal Accidents at Work


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 5,000 U.S. workers died on the job in 2016.The majority of these deaths occurred in the construction industry, more than half resulting from what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls the "Fatal Four."


These four accidents at work include:


1. Falls

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries, as many manual labor occupations require employees to work from great heights on scaffolding, ladders, and other platforms. Many of these accidents occur due to a lack of proper fall protection equipment such as guardrails, safety harnesses, etc.


2. Struck-by-Object

Construction sites, warehouses, and other similar job sites are prime places to be struck by falling objects. Loads coming loose, flying debris, and falling equipment are just a few examples of potentially deadly situations.


3. Electrocution

Electrocution is the third leading cause of workplace deaths, resulting in fatal burns and sometimes even workplace explosions. The use of defective electrical equipment and working with improperly insulated wires and cables are two major electrical hazards that workers often encounter.


4. Caught-in-Between

These accidents occur when a worker's entire body or body part is squeezed between two or more objects. Some working conditions that contribute to this hazard include: unguarded machinery, wall cave-ins, and working between moving vehicles or equipment.


Employee well-being should always be a top priority in any workplace. While fatalities occur, accidents of this type often end up causing serious injury. Workers' compensation insurance and laws exist to ensure that you are compensated for medical bills and lost work time. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one or has been injured due to workplace negligence, McCarron Law Firm is here for you. Schedule an appointment today. 309-820-1010

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5 Things to Know About Workers’ Compensation

Worker's compensation or "workers' comp" is insurance dedicated to employees who experience an injury at work. Its purpose is to provide employees with wages and medical benefits. You may be entitled to compensation if you are injured while at your workplace or become ill because of work conditions. Here are a few things to note:


Where You Live Can Affect Your Benefits

Each state differs in its level and type of coverage. Certain kinds of injuries and employees may not be covered. Knowing Illinois's rules and qualifications ahead of time can prevent a not-so-good surprise later.


Workers' Comp Is Designed To Avoid Lawsuits

Employees Can Still Collect Benefits

Employees can still collect benefits even if they weren't on-site when they were hurt. For example, if you are injured while running an errand for your boss, you're covered. 


Worker's Compensation Covers More Than Just Injuries

Coverage extends to more than just physical injuries. People suffering from psychological trauma resulting from a work incident are also protected. 


Recurring Conditions Don't Go Away

Repetitive motion injuries, heart attacks, strokes, and other physical or mental conditions are often considered work-related. It's smart to talk with an attorney to see additional information.


Being injured on the job is hard enough; you shouldn't have to deal with the financial burdens that follow. McCarron Law Firm wants to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 309-820-1010, live chat, or contact us online for more information.

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Obtaining Compensation For Workplace Injuries

McLean County Workers' Compensation Attorney

If you have suffered an injury on the job, you are likely concerned about getting medical treatment, paying your bills, and getting back on the job. Workers' compensation is available for people who have suffered work injuries. But often, those individuals need a lawyer's assistance to recover all of the benefits that they are entitled to receive.

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Workers' Compensation History and Basics

Workers' compensation is not a fault-based system and is premised on the idea that "the burdens of caring for the casualties of an industry should be borne by industry and not by the individuals whose misfortunes arise out of the industry … ," Supreme Court of Illinois (1954). Some questions about workers' compensation that Joe frequently answers for his clients are found below.

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Steps You Should Take When Personally Injured

  • Contact a Lawyer Immediately: Bloomington personal injury attorney Joe McCarron can help you understand exactly what you should do to give yourself the best chance of recovering compensation. He will also help you understand what to expect during the various stages of personal injury cases, from depositions to jury trials and everything in between.
  • Seek Medical Care: In all cases, it is vital to protect your health. If you are injured at your workplace, advise your doctor that you are seeking treatment under workers' compensation.
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Hiring an Attorney for Personal Injury & Workers Compensation

When should I consult an attorney?

Since the initial consultation is free and you never owe any fee unless you recover, I highly recommend you consult a lawyer as soon as you are injured.

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Depositions: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

What is a deposition?

A deposition is a discovery tool in which opposing parties can ask questions of the other side under oath. These questions and answers are usually taken down word-for-word by a transcriptionist, so the other party at trial can use the statements.

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Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

When you are injured at your workplace, you have the same right to claim workers' compensation insurance benefits as you would for any other type of insurance benefits like health insurance or homeowners insurance. The only difference is how the claim is pursued, and the rights of the parties are defined by statute instead of by a policy.

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Bloomington Normal IL Workers' Compensation Benefits Attorney

When you are injured at work, you need to immediately seek medical treatment and advise your doctor that you were injured on the job. The insurance company will have a team of lawyers analyzing your case, so your next step should be to get an experienced attorney on your side.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging: From a Legal Perspective

McCarron Law Firm has obtained many successful results for clients in personal injury claims thanks to attorney Joe McCarron's in-depth understanding of the diagnostic tools physicians utilize.
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Back and Neck Injury FAQs

What can I expect at the doctor's office?

Your doctor will perform many clinical tests to gain information regarding your symptoms and injury history. The course of treatment will depend on the information you provide, along with X-ray results, which are often taken early on as they are relatively inexpensive.
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Preventing Workplace Back Injuries

Back injuries that are a result of a workplace injury can alter your life forever. Did you know that, according to the Global Burden of Disease, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide?
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Common Workers' Compensation Benefits

  • TEMPORARY TOTAL DISABILITY: You will receive temporary total disability compensation (TTD) which is fixed at 66.67% of the employee's gross average weekly wage, subject to certain variable maximums and minimums.

    Temporary total disability payments begin after the employee is unable to return to work for three working days. If the disability continues 14 days or longer, the employer will also be required to pay for the first three days the employee is off work.

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I Was Injured On The Job: Should I Get An Attorney?

It is highly recommended that you consult a lawyer as soon as you are injured. Often there is evidence that should be protected right away. By not consulting an attorney early on, you may jeopardize your rights.
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