Workplace accidents in Chicago are unique in many aspects. For instance, it does not matter who is to blame for an incident when it comes to a worker’s rights; if that worker is injured while in the scope and course of employment, the worker has certain rights that cannot be barred by an employer. Even if the injured worker is the one who caused the accident, these rights are still available and can help an employee obtain financial compensation when injuries occur.
Workers who are hurt generally are entitled to get the medical treatment they need at no cost to them. This includes any emergency treatment necessary at a hospital, follow up care with a physician, rehabilitative treatment, occupational therapy, and any other treatment that is needed to help a victim recover. In addition to medical help, an injured worker is also entitled to compensation for the time he or she misses from work and may be entitled to a lump sum settlement for pain and suffering caused by an incident. The myriad options that exist following a work injury can make it difficult for a victim to understand what relief may be possible; speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago can help you sort out the details and determine what claims exist, including whether you are entitled to monetary compensation in your case.
In the afternoon hours on Monday, an employee of the Chicago Water Department was hurt when he fell while on-the-job. Police and local officials have reported that the employee was working at the South Water Purification Plant and performing an on site inspection when the employee fell and landed in a basin. The worker was rescued from the area and transported by ambulance to an area hospital where his injuries were not disclosed but it has been confirmed that he was in serious condition. He is expected to survive though it is not known whether the employee sustained any permanent damage due to the incident.
Police are reviewing the fall as are authorities who are charged with ensuring the safety of working environments in Chicago.
Working should not lead to an employee sustaining injuries, but if it does, that employee should know that he or she is entitled to help. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have experience representing the victims of work place injuries and we are ready to help you as well if you have been hurt.
We have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. We will provide you with a free case consultation without any obligation on your part and we will discuss your specific accident and injuries. If we represent you in your case, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
If you have been hurt, make sure you get the relief you deserve. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you get the compensation you need.
Prior Blog Entry:
Single Car Accident on I-80/94 Near Gary Kills 3, Injures 2, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published February 9, 2015.
Water Department worker seriously injured in fall, Chicago Tribune, published February 9, 2015.