It is always distressing and unfortunate when someone is injured, especially if that injury is serious. But these issues may seem worse if a victim is harmed and never receives the relief that he or she deserves despite laws in Illinois providing these individuals with help and assistance. When it comes to work injuries in Chicago, these laws are very clear – all injured workers who are harmed while on-the-job are entitled to protection and to benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Rights of the injured worker may include the right to seek medical treatment and to have all medical expenses paid, the right to obtain wages or a portion of wages while you are unable to work due to injuries, and a lump sum payment for other damages like inconvenience, pain and suffering, and possibly damages experienced by your loved ones.
The right to obtain this relief should be automatic after a work injury happens in Illinois but often it isn’t. Employers may make it difficult for workers to get help. Insurance companies may deny valid claims without explanation. Or employees may be offered only a fraction of the relief they deserve. When a workers’ compensation situation arises in the Chicago area, it is the right of an injured employee to obtain legal counsel of their choice and speaking with a personal injury attorney can help these people understand their options and how they may wish to proceed.
Authorities were called to the scene of an industrial accident in Bartlett on Friday that left a young employee without his arm. According to reports, a 25-year-old factory employee was working when his arm became trapped inside an industrial mixer, a piece of equipment commonly used in the factory for the production of food and food products. Emergency crews responded to help the man but first were charged with extricating the man from the machine. Pieces of the equipment had to be removed to free the man and his arm before he could be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries, most severely those done to his arm. While doctors attempted to help the man, the damage to his arm was too extreme and the limb had to be removed.
The man’s current condition is not clear nor are the facts surrounding the incident itself.
Being injured in any workplace accident is something that should never happen but when the injuries that result are permanent and affect the remainder of a worker’s life, the incident is even more devastating. While money will never be able to undue the harm done by these accident, obtaining a financial settlement can help a victim move forward with his or her life and cover all expenses as well as future damages.
The personal injury attorneys have helped countess workers’ compensation victims seek relief and obtain the compensation they deserve following an accident and if you have been harmed or if your loved one has suffered, we want to help you as well. We offer a free case consultation without any obligation whatsoever to all those victims who call us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call. When you speak to a member of our legal team, we will discuss your specific accident and your rights while keeping everything discussed confidential – no matter the circumstances. If you have been hurt or if you need help, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for your rights.
Prior Blog Entry:
Elderly Driver Killed in Aurora Truck Accident, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 26, 2015.
Elgin man loses arm in industrial accident, by Janelle Walker, Chicago Tribune, published March 29, 2015.