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Workplace accident in Illinois puts MPEA in a pickle

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Workplace Accidents on Friday, February 14, 2014.

A lot of work goes into the auto show that takes place in Chicago. As preparations for the Illinois show two years ago were underway, a workplace accident injured the knee of an employee of S.B. Yen Management. As a result, a lawsuit was filed by S.B. Yen in connection with its employee’s slip and fall.

The employee was checking with exhibitors at the auto show to see whether they needed hotel accommodations in Chicago. As she moved around the venue, she slipped and fell on a pickle. The woman injured her knee in the process.

Reportedly, the injury required medical attention and impaired the woman’s movement of the knee, which causes her pain. The lawsuit alleges that the fact the pickle was on the floor caused an hazard that led to the worker’s injury. As would be normal for a work-related injury in Illinois, the woman began receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) owns the space where the auto show takes place. The MPEA was named in the lawsuit along with the Aramark Corp. The Philadelphia-based company was responsible for the food and cleanup at the auto show.

When an employee is the victim of a workplace accident, he or she is typically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in connection with any injuries suffered as a result of the accident. This could include medical costs and a compensation package to cover lost wages. Apart that, it may be possible to recover monetary damages sustained from third party or parties (typically apart from the employer or a coworker)deemed negligent in causing or contributing to the accident.

Source: wlsam.com, Pickle injures woman at Chicago Auto Show, lawsuit follows, No author, Feb. 8, 2014

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