Workers are protected by specific laws in the State of Illinois that ensure a safe working environment at a job site. Any worker who is injured while on the clock is entitled to certain benefits through a workers’ compensation claim to cover losses like medical bills. While these benefits are designed to apply automatically after a work injury, not all employers take this approach and some make it difficult for workers to obtain the relief they deserve.
A personal injury lawyer who handles workers’ compensation claims may be able to help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt while working. You may be entitled to covered medical treatment, rehabilitative care, compensation for time you missed from work, and/or a lump sum payment depending on your accident and the injuries you sustained.
Officials in Chicago have confirmed that a worker was critically injured when he fell from a water tower in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of the city on Monday. Officials believe that a metal ladder attached to the side of a water tower on the roof of a building in the 3000 block of West Grand Avenue broke free due to its deteriorated state or the state of the attachments holding it to the water tower. At the time, a worker was using the ladder to take down a portion of the water tower and he fell as the ladder broke free.
The worker fell a reported 25 feet from the water tower to the rooftop below. Emergency crews responded to the scene of the incident and transported him to a hospital in Chicago for treatment where he was considered to be in critical condition. The current status of the worker and the nature of his injuries are not clear at this time.
Workplace injuries range from the minor to the severe and even fatal in some cases. Any setting can lead to a worker being injured but some are more likely than others, including construction sites, factories, schools, and jobs with airlines.
Regardless of your profession, if you have been injured while working in Chicago, you may be entitled to financial relief. The injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and to provide you with a free case consultation if you have been hurt.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we front all case related expenses and we never charge our clients a fee unless we make a recovery in their cases. We will keep everything discussed confidential and not only is our case consultation free, but we provide it without any obligation on your part whatsoever. If you have been injured while working or if your loved one has lost his or her life, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you pursue a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Fatal Drowning in Arlington Heights, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published August 19, 2014.
Worker critically hurt during fall from Humboldt Park water tower, by Rosemary Regina Sobol, Chicago Tribune, published August 18, 2014.