In the state of Illinois, employer are required to participate in an employee insurance program that covers and protects workers who are injured on the job. Through the use of this workers’ compensation program, employees who sustain injuries are entitled to obtain necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation care after an incident. In addition to covered medical expenses, these workers are entitled to payment for time missed from work and may be able to recover a lump sum payment for their suffering.
Each workers’ compensation claim in Chicago is different and revolves around a unique set of facts so it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer who handles these claims. The laws also require that these claims be brought within a time period specified by state statutes so injured workers who are considering their rights should not delay when it comes to contacting a lawyer. In the tragic event that a worker is killed while on the job, the right to seek a recovery may belong to that worker’s surviving family members, even though no amount of compensation can ever be considered adequate when a loved one is killed.
A recycling plant in Granite City experienced an explosion this morning that claimed the lives of two people, according to local officials. It is not yet known what caused the explosion to occur or whether any other individuals were hurt in the incident but authorities were on the scene and investigating the location, which is approximately 8 miles outside of St. Louis. It is possible that live ammunition exploded on the site of the plant though that has not yet been confirmed at this time.
Work place accidents are responsible for thousands of injuries and several deaths in Illinois every year. Chicago experiences a large number of these tragedies in all types of work settings including construction sites, schools, office buildings, and factories. As the laws apply to cover all workers, whether they are involved in hazardous activities or not, all injured employees may be entitled to relief.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. dedicate their practice to the representation of those victims who have been hurt, including those who sustained on-the-job injuries. We never represent insurance companies and we fight for the best possible outcome in every case we handle.
We understand that workers can be injured at any time of the day so we keep a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt. You can reach us toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and we will provide you with a free case consultation without any obligation on your part.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we want to help injured workers get the relief they deserve. If you have been hurt and call us to take advantage of our case consultation, everything discussed will be kept confidential and if we represent you, there is no fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf. If you have been injured, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for your rights.
Prior Blog Entry:
CTA Bus Accident Injures 10 in Chicago, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 21, 2014.
2 killed in explosion at Granite City recycling plant, Chicago Tribune/Reuters, published August 25, 2014.