Workers in Illinois are protected by laws that require workplaces to be safe and free of hazards but unfortunately, not all workplaces are as safe as they should be. Work injuries occur every day in Illinois and leave thousands of workers hurt every year. Some of these workers even die from their injuries.
When a workplace accident causes you harm, the law also provides for the possibility of a claim against an employer or supervisor for the damages sustained, including any medical bills incurred and pain and suffering. Unlike many other areas of the law, these types of claims generally do not revolve around who was at fault but rather are designed to protect any injured worker as long as he or she was engaged in work at the time of the incident. Injury lawyers often represent these work victims in an effort to help them obtain a financial settlement in the worker’s favor.
But when an accident claims the life of an employee, no amount of compensation can make up for the loss felt by the victim’s family, friends, and loved ones. These cases can be frustrating and it can be difficult to determine exactly how the accident occurred and why it was not prevented.
A terrible work accident occurred at O’Hare Airport on Thursday morning as a contract crew was doing work on the roof of the terminal. It is not clear exactly what happened by witnesses stated that a 59-year-old worker fell approximately 35 feet from the roof to the ground, landing on his back. Emergency crews responded but the man’s injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The worker was an employee of an unidentified contractor doing work on O’Hare and at this time, the investigation into the incident continues.
When a worker is injured or killed in an accident on the job, the damages that result can reach far beyond the individual work to family members or friends. As a result of an accident, a worker may not be able to pay the bills necessary to keep his or her family running or may face a pile of ever-mounting medical bills that need to be paid but may have no ability to pay them.
If you have been hurt in a work accident, do not let yourself continue to be victimized. Call the lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you understand if you have a case and whether you may be entitled to a financial payment for your injuries. We provide all accident victims with a free, no obligation case consultation and we never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf. Call us today at (312) 924-7575 or toll free at (855) 529-2442 and let us help you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Car Accident Attorneys Reach $31,000 Settlement on UM Claim, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published November 21, 2013.
Contract worker dies after fall at O’Hare, by Deanease Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune, published November 21, 2013.