Working in a manufacturing job or on a construction site is a reality for many Illinois residents, resulting in daily exposure to on-the-job hazards. Because of known hazards, Illinois employers are required to carry insurance for workers’ compensation, but actually obtaining those benefits is not always as easy as the system promises. Victims who have been injured in a workplace accident may be left wondering what their options actually are.
Contrary to popular belief, being injured at work does not have to result from a serious accident, such as a fall from scaffolding or an industrial accident. While these accidents do occur and are often quite serious, repetitive trauma from lifting heavy objects or even tripping and falling on a wet floor can wreak havoc on a person’s health and his or her ability to accomplish his or her work duties. These injured workers have the same right to workers’ compensation benefits and should not be afraid to seek benefits they believe they deserve.
In some instances, an accident at work can have an additional liable party, commonly referred to as a negligent third party. For instance, an employee might have been injured in a dangerous environment while using defectively manufactured or repaired equipment. In this instance, an employee might be able to seek out workers’ compensation benefits, while also pursuing action against the party responsible for the faulty equipment.
Workers’ compensation benefits are invaluable for ensuring that injured Illinois employees can get back on their feet and back to work. Unfortunately, while employers carry insurance in the event that a workplace accident may occur, the insurance company is rarely on the victim’s side. This can be a confusing time for injury victims who are out of work, without pay checks and struggling to meet their families’ daily needs. When it comes to seeking the benefits that you deserve or appealing the denial of those benefits, our experience can help you as you pursue benefits.