Illinois Work Comp Nose & Ear Injury Settlements

Noses and ears are often injured on the job as well. Check out these decisions that deal with ear injuries:

2006; Sangamon County; 06 I.W.C.C. 047420:
The employee in this matter was a brave member of the SWAT division within the local sheriff’s office. The incident occurred when he was training with his fellow employees. Without realizing it, his sound protection fell out of his ears. Then, just a few inches behind him, a coworker shot his gun. The blast of the weapon sent pain through his ear all the way down his jaw. He sought medical attention immediately after this incident. While doctors were able to reduce much of the swelling and pain, he still suffered from prolonged ringing in his ears. However, he was able to promptly return to his former position. Despite this fact, he brought a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits and reimbursement for medical expenses.

  • $619.97 per week for 30 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 6% loss of function to the affected ear.
  • All past and future necessary medical expenses.

2007; Sangamon County; 06 I.W.C.C. 047420:
The claimant in this case was a 40-year-old male carpenter. He had been working as a carpenter for two decades but was new to the company where he was injured. A steel bar slammed into his face and injured his nose while also sending shooting pain throughout his head and ears. Doctors identified a nasal fracture, sinal cyst, and other related injuries. Surgeons recommended and performed endoscopic sinus surgery. After an extended period of time, he was able to return to work but could not perform the same type of labor-intensive activities; rather; he was forced to limit himself to light work. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission decided the following benefits were appropriate:

  • $812.53 per week for 134-5/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
  • $5,161.42 for medical, transportation, and other expenses.

2010; ST. Clair County; 08 I.W.C.C. 44687:
This claim started off on the right foot but turned sharply. A police office was called to a gas station after reports emerged that a man was acting in a hostile manner. When he arrived at the scene, the cop saw a man riding a lawnmower and yelling at the others in the nearby area. The police officer approached the man to try and calm him down. However, the man did not take kindly to this and attacked the cop, punching him multiple times in the face and nose. Doctors found that the officer had a broken nose and several contusions across his head. In the subsequent workers’ compensation hearing, he argued for benefits and expenses because this incident and resulting injury occurred in the course of his employment. He was successful in obtaining only the following benefits:

  • $602.51 per week for 25 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 5% loss of function to his nose.
  • All past and future necessary medical expenses.

2008; Cook County; 08 I.W.C.C. 0457:
The victim in this situation was a 35-year-old maintenance worker. He became dizzy while stripping and varnishing a floor in the factory so he stepped out of the room for a moment. As he did this, he lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs. The fall seriously injured his face (including nose and ears), as well as both of his arms. This was patently a workplace injury so he soon brought a compensation claim and was awarded the following benefits:

  • $413.01 per week for 20-3/7 weeks for temporary total disability benefits.
  • $371.71 per week for 201-1/4 weeks for permanent partial disability benefits. This represented a 2.5% loss of function of each leg, 25% loss of his left arm, 50% loss of function of his right hand, and 7.5% loss of function of his ears/nose/body as a whole.
  • All past and future necessary medical expenses.

Do you have a question as to the value of your Illinois Workers Compensation Case?

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