Your workplace can be a very hazardous environment. Statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal that in 2002, there were nearly 5 million workplace illnesses and injuries, with more than 5,000 being fatal. While these figures appear to be decreasing, any worker is subject to a work-related injury at any time.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. our Chicago workplace injury lawyers believe in providing the personal attention that our clients need not just to get settlements and win cases, but to put their lives back together after a devastating incident like a workplace injury.
When most people think about workplace injuries, construction accidents and industrial workplace accidents come to mind. However, even employees at an office building are subject to injuries, especially repetitive injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Other office-related injuries include:
- Repetitive stress injuries (such as tennis elbow)
- Sick building syndrome
- Mold and lead poisoning
- Slip and fall injuries
- Occupational stress injuries (such as heart attacks)
Construction Site and Factory Workplace Injuries
Naturally, construction sites and factories present hazardous conditions that can result in a range of workplace injuries, such as:
- Exposure to toxic fumes
- Scaffolding accidents
- Compressed gases and hazards
- Crane accidents
- Dangerous and defective machines
- Mechanical hazards
- Forklift accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Falling objects
- Logging accidents
- Falls from heights
- Loading accidents
- Welding, cutting and brazing accidents
- Debris accidents
Injuries resulting from construction sites and factories are often severe, ranging from lacerations and broken bones to amputations, spinal cord injuries and blindness. A majority of industrial accidents occur because employers put their workers at an unnecessary risk due to negligence or financial savings. If your employer has failed to comply with federal and state workplace safety standards, he or she should be held liable for your injuries. You may have a valid workers’ compensation claim.
Compensation for Workplace Injuries
If you suffer a workplace injury, even if the injury appears to be minor, you may still be able to recover damages. You may be entitled to compensation to cover:
- Hospital bills
- Therapy (physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.)
- Home health care
- Anticipated future medical expenses
- Lost wages and the loss of future earning capacity
And in certain cases where your employer’s conduct is extreme, you may be awarded punitive damages to punish the wrongdoing and prevent future misconduct.
If you live in the Chicago area and were injured in a work-related accident, please call or email the personal injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. We offer free consultations and charge no fee unless we collect money for you.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today or text “Walnerlaw” to 41513 for a FREE consultation.