At their best, industrial jobs give you fair pay for honest work. From manufacturing to meat processing to coal mining, petroleum, biofuels, and nuclear power, there are plenty of manual labor jobs to be had in Illinois. These industries offer stable employment with generous benefits. If you have one of these jobs, your financial future is bright, but a work accident that causes serious injuries can throw your plans into disarray. The law protects workers who get injured in industrial accidents, both by providing remedies for covering their accident-related medical expenses and for replacing the income they lose when they are unable to work because of their injuries. The Chicago work machinery accidents lawyers at Saks, Robinson, and Rittenberg can help you get the money you need if you are struggling financially after getting injured in an industrial accident at work.
Industrial accidents can happen in any workplace where there is heavy machinery and equipment, from warehouses to construction sites. These accidents can be catastrophic when they involve workers falling from heights or getting crushed by work equipment. Electrocution and amputations are even possible. Industrial accidents can also cause bone fractures, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. These can cause permanent disability, rendering injured workers unable to return to their previous jobs and, in some cases, unable to work at all.
In theory, all work injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Employers who suffer serious injuries in industrial accidents may have trouble getting employers to pay their claims. This is because the injuries often require expensive treatment, such as hospitalization and surgery. Even after the acute phase of treatment, the injured worker must go through a long period of convalescence, which often means adjusting to a new normal. Physical therapy and pain management take up a lot of your time in the months after getting injured in an industrial accident.
If an injured worker is unable to return to his or her job, workers’ comp will pay for the worker to train for a new job. It will also provide career counseling to assist with job placement.
If you get injured in an accident at work, the usual course of action is to file a workers’ compensation claim. Your employer is legally required to pay workers’ comp claims when the injury associated with the claim resulted from an accident in the workplace while the worker was performing his or her work duties. If the accident was obviously the result of negligence on the part of your employer or some other party, you also have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
A Cook County workers’ compensation attorney can help you if you have suffered a serious injury in an industrial accident at your job. Contact Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois, to set up a consultation.