Certain jobs present a greater risk of injury than others. Construction workers are exposed to more daily hazards than office workers. However, any workplace accident that requires medical attention and causes an employee to miss time off work can occur in a seemingly-safe work environment.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our Chicago workplace accident lawyers don’t work for the money, we work for you. What matters to us is not the big settlement we win, but how to maximize the amount you can take home so that your family is taken care of while you are out of work.
If you become injured at work in Illinois, under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act, you can collect compensation while you are unable to work. The Act forces you to give up your right to sue your employer, but you are entitled to collect compensation without having to prove fault.
Common Workplace Accidents
The threats to your safety will range from occupation to occupation. Your training should include education on how to keep yourself safe in the workplace and minimize the hazards you are exposed to. However, even under the best circumstances, certain safety standards may not be met by your employer and accidents can occur.
As a worker, you may suffer virtually any workplace accident. Some of the most common occupational accidents include:
- Slip/trip and fall accidents (and your body’s reaction to attempt a trip)
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Falls from heights
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Being struck by a falling object
- Colliding with a fixed object
- Crush injuries
- Acts of violence
- Toxic exposure
Injuries Resulting from Workplace Accidents
Any type of occupational accident can result in a number of workplace injuries, ranging from minor to severe. If you are involved in an occupational accident, you may suffer:
- Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Head or brain injuries
- Shoulder injuries, the most common being a torn rotator cuff
- Psychological conditions such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety
- Back injuries such as strains, sprains and herniated discs
- Knee injuries, such as a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament)
- Lung conditions or diseases such as asbestosis
- Heart conditions including high blood pressure and heart attacks
- Toxic exposure leading to cancers such as mesothelioma
Aggravation of a Pre-existing Condition
Workplace accidents can also aggravate a pre-existing condition, which may also be the grounds for a workers’ compensation claim. If you suffer from a pre-existing condition, disability or injury that is worsened on the job, this can put you out of work for a brief or extended period. While you are unable to work, you have the right to collect workers’ compensation. You need to have documentation of your previous condition to prove that your job or workplace accident worsened your condition.
Your initial call to Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. is always free, and we work on a contingency basis. You pay no fees unless we win your case. If you have suffered a workplace accident and you live in the Chicago area, please call or email our office today for a free initial consultation.
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