Workers’ Compensation Attorney In Morris, IL
SERVING GRUNDY, WILL & LASALLE COUNTIES
According to the Illinois Department of Labor, around 5,500 injuries in the workplace occur each year in the state, including around 200 injuries resulting in the death of the injured party. This is something that has remained more or less stable since the early 1990s, and it is important that you understand your rights when it comes to workers’ compensation. Some industries are, of course, riskier than others. Individuals working in the mining, manufacturing, transportation, and construction fields are most likely to find themselves seriously injured in a workplace accident. It should be noted, however, that no workplace is truly “accident-proof”, and workers of all kinds find themselves in accidents every year.
According to the state of Illinois’ workers’ compensation law, employees who have been injured while on the job are eligible for financial compensation. With that said, the nature of your injuries might result in you not receiving enough money even to cover your lost wages and medical expenses. This is where an experienced attorney familiar with workplace accidents and workers’ compensation law can potentially help.
Rigazio Law Office has over 30 years of experience and have handled countless workers’ compensation cases for individuals just like you. We know the tricks that employers and worker’s compensation carriers will turn to in order to avoid paying you the compensation to which you are entitled, even if that means that you are not even paid for the time you spent in the hospital recovering from your workplace accident. Allow our knowledgeable lawyers to assist you in the recovery process. We can review your situation and work with you to determine whether or not additional parties were also responsible for your accident. If so, we can help you pursue compensation from them as well.
In general, meeting with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can only help your case. Even if you do not have any additional parties from which to seek compensation, an experienced lawyer can look at your injuries and your claims and ensure that you are receiving the compensation to which you are entitled to by law.
Common Serious Workplace Injuries
Before we continue, it is important to note here that we are discussing serious workplace injuries – injuries that have resulted in medical care and lost wages. While there are other types of workplace injuries, they are typically less severe in nature and require less help, both medically and legally. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the most common serious workplace injuries in the United States.
Motor vehicles are, unsurprisingly, among the leading causes of workplace deaths and accidents. According to the United States Department of Labor, 1,354 workers on average die every year in crashes on public highways. An additional 358 workers will die after being hit by a motor vehicle while attempting to do their job (these are pedestrian workers who must work in the roads themselves, for example). Delivery drivers, truck drivers, and individuals who work around motor vehicles at warehouses, construction sites, terminals, or ports are most at risk for these accidents.
Heavy equipment is another major cause of workplace injury and death. These accidents lead to some of the worst and most catastrophic workplace injuries out there, including:
- Crushed Limbs
- Brain Damage
- Head Injury
- Brain Injury
- Severe Spinal Cord or Back Injuries
These injures are caused by heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, forklifts, graders, hydraulic cranes, or skid steers. Individuals working in warehousing, manufacturing, or construction are most likely to end up with this kind of workplace injury.
Falls and falling objects are two more causes of serious workplace injury. Construction workers are relatively often seriously injured from falls from scaffolding, ladders, cranes, or through holes in flooring or elevator shafts. Other workers can suffer serious injuries from a slip and fall on oily, wet, icy, snowing, or uneven flooring as well as stairways without guards or railings. Construction workers, warehouse workers, and factory workers are also often subject to injuries from falling objects. These might include bricks, tools, planks, or improperly stacked goods and can cause serious brain and head injuries (especially if the worker in question was not issued proper protective gear).
Other common causes of serious workplace injury include:
- Flying Debris
- Explosions and Fires
- Toxic Chemical Exposure
Contact A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer For Help
If you have been injured in the workplace, you might be entitled to compensation. We can help you file your workers’ compensation claim and ensure that you receive everything you are entitled to by law.
Rigazio Law Office serves the needs of workplace accident and injury victims in Illinois. We are located in Morris, IL, and serve Grundy County, Will County, LaSalle County and the surrounding areas.
We offer free consultations and case reviews – contact us today for help at 815.942.1881. We FIGHT for YOU and your RIGHTS.