Industrial work is right up there with construction work when it comes to dangerous occupations. The injuries incurred by industrial workers tend to be quite serious and require a long and painful recovery period. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, don’t wait to consult with an experienced Chicago industrial accident lawyer.
Common Accidents on the Job
If you are an industrial worker, there are several types of injuries to which you are most susceptible, including:
- Falls – Falls are the most common causes of injury in nearly every occupation, and they can be exceptionally dangerous, especially when they happen from heights (such as from ladders or stairs). Poorly maintained walkways, inadequate lighting, and inadequate safety equipment are often at the root of dangerous falls.
- Inadequate Machine Guarding – The massive machines that are common to industrial work require safety guards to help keep users safe, and when these safety features fail to comply with industry standards (or are missing altogether), devastating accidents can result.
- Accidents Involving Powered Machinery – Industrial jobs tend to involve large, heavy vehicles that, when they aren’t operated safely, are exceptionally dangerous. Careful safety training (for both operators and those who work in the vicinity) is essential.
- Accidents Involving Electricity – Electricity powers industrial work, and because electrical hazards are common, industrial employers are responsible for implementing careful protocols related to electrical safety.
As an industrial worker, always make safety your top priority.
Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workers’ compensation insurance is coverage that employers are required to carry for their employees, including industrial workers. Workers’ compensation is intended to balance the rights of both employers and employees by eliminating the right of employees to sue their employers for injuries sustained on the job and by ensuring that these same employees are covered for those injuries. If you have suffered an injury as a result of your industrial job, it’s important to keep all of the following points in mind regarding your workers’ compensation claim:
- Workers’ compensation will not automatically settle with you regarding the amount of compensation to which you are entitled. In fact, you may have to fight for what you’re owed.
- Workers’ compensation covers only your economic damages, which include your medical expenses and lost wages, and does not cover your non-economic damages, such as your pain and suffering. This is another element of the balance that workers’ compensation is intended to strike.
- The workers’ compensation insurance provider is in the business of turning a profit and will use every means available to minimize your settlement. These can include denying claims outright, stalling the claims process, making early settlement offers before the claimant is fully aware of his or her complete damages, and more.
You Need an Experienced Chicago Industrial Accident Lawyer on Your Side
The accomplished Chicago industrial accident lawyers at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., have the experience, commitment, and legal acuity to help you obtain the compensation you need to reach your most complete recovery. We’re here to help, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.