When an Illinois worker sustains an injury on the job, they have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. This will allow them to pay their medical bills and other costs that can come from missing work or needing certain treatments and procedures. However, the route to getting compensation may not be that easy. To ensure that you’re protecting your rights, you should have a Peru work injury lawyer from Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP at your side.
We believe in standing up for what’s right—and when you have been injured, you deserve to seek compensation through a claim. Our attorneys can provide guidance throughout the claims process to give you the best chance of receiving the benefits that will help you move on from this injury.
A work injury can happen to anyone. However, some industries may be more dangerous than others. Let’s look into where workplace injuries can occur.
Which Industries Typically Have Workplace Injuries?
Some work injuries are more prone to have accidents than others. While this is no excuse for the accident, these environments typically have more dangerous aspects than an office job. If you’ve had a workplace injury and work in one of the following industries, you may want to think about calling our lawyers today:
If you do not see your job’s industry listed above but were injured on the job, you should still consider contacting our firm in Peru. For instance, an office worker’s job may require them to be on a computer for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. They may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2014 that there were 7,970 cases of carpal tunnel syndrome injuries. The average number of days away from work was 32.
Your work injury attorney will be able to advise you on how to strengthen your claim. One part of this is listening to the treatment plan that your doctor provides. Ignoring the doctor’s orders could signal to insurance companies that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim.
If your injuries worsen because you didn’t follow the treatment plan, your compensation may not cover the additional care you need. Your compensation award may cover the injuries from the initial accident, but you may have to pay for additional care out of pocket.
When you don’t go to the doctor at all, this can also be used as evidence that your injuries aren’t severe. This could result in getting less compensation than you deserve. That’s why our Peru attorneys will be with you every step of the way—to prevent this from happening if possible.
What Kinds of Injuries Happen to Illinois Workers?
Our work injury attorneys have helped many workers in Illinois who have had myriad types of injuries. The typical situations that cause them are as follows:
- Slip and falls: Spills, uneven floors, and unsalted parking lots are a few examples of what can lead to a slip and fall.
- Construction accidents: Construction workers often work with heavy machinery that could cause injuries if those operating the machines are not trained properly. They’re also at risk of overexertion from heavy lifting.
- Electrocution: This doesn’t just affect electrical engineers, anyone can be in danger of electrocution if a faulty wire is exposed.
- Toxic exposure: Some industries work regularly around chemicals. If employees don’t have safety measures to follow, they could be put at risk of exposure to harmful toxins.
- Falls from heights: Any job where people need to use ladders or are off the ground could potentially harm themselves in a falling accident.
- Work-related vehicle accidents: Jobs that require workers to drive could be at risk if they don’t have training to operate the vehicles or if the company isn’t taking care of the vehicles.
- Workplace violence: Sometimes, negligence isn’t the root cause of the accident. Another person could decide to inflict harm and severely injure someone.
The injuries that these accidents can cause are often debilitating. Some common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
Sometimes, these injuries can be fatal. There were 5,147 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2017. Suddenly losing a loved one can completely shock and upend a family’s life. You’re now mourning the loss of a loved one but still have to find a way to maintain your household.
When you’re dealing with the difficult matters of planning a funeral and burial, keeping up with current household expenses, and the emotional labor of running a household, filing a compensation claim on your own may seem overwhelming. Our lawyers may be able to help you with a wrongful death claim, which could provide you with compensation that will allow you to grieve in peace.
Fighting for Illinois Workers
If you’ve been injured on the job through no fault of your own, you deserve justice. That’s why our worker injury lawyers in Illinois provide the help you need to get the benefits and compensation that you’re owed. Dealing with insurance companies or other uncooperative parties can be frustrating and disheartening—but we’ll help you fight for your rights.
With our attorneys at your side, you’ll know you have experienced and compassionate representation. We’ll look into your accident—including returning to the scene where it happened, finding all the information we can about how it occurred, assess your medical records to see the extent of your injuries, the kind of medical you’ve needed and will need in the future, how much work you’ve missed, and other losses the accident has cost you.
Your injury may prevent you from returning to the workforce. We’ll fight for your workers’ compensation claim that will allow you to get the care you need, which includes physical and psychological health and medical equipment.
Our help doesn’t start and end at a claim. It’s possible that your claim could be denied. Our lawyers in Peru could appeal the claim and represent you in court if your case comes to that phase.
Providing Legal Aid for Workplace Injuries
Our Illinois law firm has dependable attorneys who regularly handle work injuries. We know what it takes to get favorable results for our clients. Getting injured on the job can be scary, especially when you feel that your future is uncertain. We can help provide clarity and a path to helping you get back on track.
Contact Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP today. We’ll schedule a free consultation so we can meet face to face and discuss your legal options.