Workplace Accident and Negligence

What types of workplace injuries fall under personal injury law?

Many work-related injuries and fatalities are covered by Illinois personal injury law, including the following:

  • Injuries caused by employer negligence
  • Construction accidents
  • Injuries caused by dangerous machinery
  • Slip-and-fall injuries
  • Transportation accidents
  • Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries
  • Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  • Assaults and violent acts
  • Contact with objects and equipment
  • Fires or explosions
  • Injuries caused by defective products
  • Psychological or emotional conditions resulting from a hostile workplace atmosphere

According to the U.S. Department of Labor , nearly 200 Illinois workers were killed on the job in 2007. The greatest portion of these workplace fatalities were transportation accidents, followed by falls, exposure to harmful substances or environments, assaults and violent acts, contact with objects and equipment and fires or explosions. Most work-related fatalities in Illinois are men between the ages of 45 and 54, but all workers are at risk if their employers do not employ proper safety precautions, such as safe equipment, proper training, posting of warnings, and compliance with safety regulations.

What does the law say about on-the-job injuries?

An employer’s workers’ compensation insurance pays for items such as medical bills and wage loss when an employee is injured, if the injured employee follows the proper guidelines for reporting the accident (for most types of workers).

However, people who are victims of workplace accidents also may be able to file a workplace injury lawsuit. Damages in a workplace injury suit can help compensate a victim for his or her pain, suffering, emotional distress, disability and disfigurement, in addition to the medical costs and wage loss which may be covered by workers’ compensation.

How do you know if you qualify for a work injury lawsuit?

If you or a family member has been involved in a workplace accident, you may be able to recover damages from the person or organization that played a part in causing the incident. Since there are many factors that can lead to work injuries and deaths, there are many parties who may be held responsible for your injury, loss of income, or pain and suffering. For example, in some cases, the manufacturer of a defective product that injured a worker may be at fault.

Timing is of the essence when filing a workplace injury claim. Some work accident victims do not realize they must file a claim within a certain time period after the accident. In addition to contacting a workers’ compensation lawyer immediately after your accident, you also may want to consider contacting a reputable personal injury lawyer .

The Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll has handled many workplace injury cases and recovered million-dollar settlements and verdicts for occupational injury victims.

If you would like more information about how to proceed with a workplace injury lawsuit, please fill out the consultation form or call us at (312) 676-7222. We will be able to consider your particular situation and help you decide whether to file a personal injury and/or wrongful death claim.