Most employees believe that they work in a safe and secure environment and that it would be nearly impossible for them to be injured while on the job. But statistically, this is far from the truth. Even jobs in fields believed to be “safe” can be responsible for workplace injuries that may require medical and surgical treatment to an injured worker. Chicago laws provide workers with protection through workers’ compensation claims but these claims can be hard to navigate and can be difficult to bring successfully without a lawyer on your side.
Some workers undertake difficult and inherently dangerous tasks while on the job and these workers face a greater likelihood of suffering an injury. Commonly injured employees can be found in construction jobs, repair work, assembly lines, airline employees, teachers, and nurses. Though the risks in each of these areas might differ, the legal implications of an injury on the job are the same: a worker who gets hurt is entitled to relief under the law with very few exceptions. Speaking with an injury lawyer who handles workers’ compensation claims in Chicago and the rest of Illinois will help you understand whether your accident entitles to you recover for your damages.
Officials have confirmed that a man working in Chicago was hurt on the job this week and suffered serious injuries. At this time, authorities have confirmed that the man, who was in his 20s, was working to repair an elevator in the River North section of the city. The man was in the area below the elevator known as the “pit” while other members of the repair team were stationed at other locations. Reportedly, the elevator was stopped on the second floor, above the worker, when something occurred and the elevator began to move. The elevator, which is located in an apartment building in the 300 block of West Illinois Street, struck the worker and left him seriously injured.
The fire department responded to the incident and had to remove the worker from the elevator shaft before the man could be transported to a nearby hospital. The injured employee is expected to survive though he was listed in serious to critical condition at the time he was taken to the hospital and his current status is not known.
If you have been involved in a workplace accident, know that you may be entitled to relief for your damages. A workers’ compensation claim may provide you with needed medical and rehabilitative treatment as well as wages you were unable to earn while you recovered. You may be entitled to additional payment to cover losses like pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, and even the permanency of your injuries. In addition to a claim for workers’ compensation, other types of claims may be available to workers who were hurt or injured while on the job. Speaking with an injury lawyer will help you understand your legal rights and your legal options if you have been hurt.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are lawyers who believe that all injured workers deserve to have an advocate on their side, fighting for workers’ rights and making sure the victim of an accident is protected. We believe that all those who are injured deserve a free case consultation and we offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575. If you have been injured while working or if your loved one was killed due to an on-the-job injury, call us today and let us help you get the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Plan Ahead Before Indulging During March Madness, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 19, 2014.
Elevator repair man injured in River North, by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune, published March 20, 2014.