Accidents on the job can be exceptionally dangerous, and industrial accidents are some of the most dangerous of all. If you have been injured at work as an industrial worker, obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled is essential to your recovery, which makes working closely with a seasoned Chicago industrial accident attorney in your best interest.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are four primary forms of industrial accidents that are most likely to prove deadly (known as the fatal four), including:
The most common fatal accidents on the job are falls, and while falls are always a risk factor, they are especially common in work involving physical labor, such as industrial work. Employers that fail to focus on preventing tripping and slipping hazards make falls that much more likely. Falling from heights, such as ladders or scaffolding, is often an even more serious accident.
Being struck or hit by something that is either falling or moving during the course of your work can be life-threatening. Thorough safety training, bright reflective wear, and skillful supervision can all help reduce the number of struck-by accidents.
When a worker is trapped in between two massive, unyielding forces, such as industrial equipment and vehicles, the results are as dangerous as they are terrifying. These accidents are often the result of inadequate warning systems and collapsing builds.
Industrial work involves electricity, and when it is not carefully controlled, and the appropriate safety precautions are not implemented, life-threatening electrocutions can be the result.
If you are injured on the job as an industrial worker, your claim will be covered by workers’ compensation. The goal of workers’ compensation is to expedite the claims process for employees and to protect employers from injury lawsuits. The idea is to balance the rights of both sides while ensuring that employees are covered in the event of accidents. In the process, you give up the right to sue your employer, but your necessary medical expenses will be covered – and you will be compensated for your lost earnings (at a specific percentage of your current wages).
Because workers’ compensation insurance companies are profit-based, it’s important to recognize that obtaining the compensation that is adequate for your injuries can be complicated. Your industrial accident attorney has the experience and legal insight to skillfully negotiate with the insurance company on behalf of your best interests.
The dedicated Chicago industrial accident attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., have a wealth of experience guiding complicated accidents like yours toward beneficial outcomes that uphold our clients’ rights and provide them with the compensation to which they are entitled. For more information about how we can also help you, please don’t wait to contact us today.