Posted On: October 17, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Says Casino Worker’s Back Injury Was Aggravated By Dealing Cards

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission held and adopted an arbitrator’s decision that dealing at a stand-up card game aggravated a casino dealer’s back injury. The worker was awarded workers' compensation benefits, which included temporary total disability, medical costs, legal fees, and penalties.

The casino dealer said that she sustained a compensable back injury while doing her job. She claimed that she had to twist her upper torso so she could use her left hand to draw the cards from a dispenser that was placed on her right side.

Her doctor said that the repetitive twisting and bending she was required to do as a card dealer aggravated an old back injury. An expert testifying for the casino disagreed and said that the dealer’s work duties were only a minor contributing factor.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, however, found that the testimonies of the employee and the orthopedic specialist were enough evidence to prove that the casino dealer had suffered a repetitive stress injury that was work-related.

Employees must protect workers from injuries on the job. However, regardless of who caused the injury or neglected to do enough to prevent the injury from happening, Illinois workers’ compensation law provides injury benefits to most workers.

In the event that a dispute arises between an employee who says an injury was caused by work and the employer who is disputing the claim, an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer can help you resolve your claim and protect your right to receive your work injury benefits. In some instances, a case will have to go through arbitration or be heard by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Casino dealer wins benefits for back condition, Risk and Insurance, October 15, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act

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