Many workers in Illinois, especially in the field of construction, work with heavy equipment. This equipment helps them get the job done faster and more efficiently. But when there’s an accident, workers can be left seriously injured. The experienced Peru heavy equipment accident lawyers at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP help injured workers get the workers’ compensation benefits they need and deserve.
All types of heavy equipment have a different purpose. But each piece of heavy equipment typically weighs tons and feature several moving parts. Some also include sharp blades. Types of heavy equipment include:
- Front-end loaders
- Scissor lifts
- Wood chippers
There are different causes of heavy equipment accidents. The operator may have been negligent, or the equipment itself may have been defective. But whatever the cause, a heavy equipment accident can seriously injure workers. Depending on the situation, such work accidents can cause broken bones, traumatic head injuries, spinal cord injuries or amputation. Workers may be left temporarily-or permanently-disabled.
Workers’ Compensation Can Help You Move Forward
In the state of Illinois, injured workers are eligible to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits pay 100% of medical expenses related to the injury. They also provide two-thirds of the average weekly wage during the time the injured person is unable to work. Other benefits include payments for permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation to train the worker for a new job.
But it’s important to remember that employers and insurance companies are not on your side. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible. An employer may dispute the extent of your injury and claim you are ready to return to work, even though you are not fully recovered. Or an insurance company may claim that your injury was pre-existing.
A Law Firm Representing Workers Injured by Heavy Equipment
That’s why it’s important to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in your corner. We know the ways that employers and insurance companies try to avoid responsibility. Our lawyers know how to gather all the evidence needed to build a strong case that proves you were hurt at work and deserve benefits. And if your claim is denied, we will fight for you at all hearings and appeals.
If you’ve been injured in a heavy equipment accident while you were working, contact us to learn more about how we can help you.