Liability Beyond Employers in Workers’ Compensation

Additional liability and recovery may exist against other companies in cases first thought to be only a workers’ compensation claim against the employer. In these instances, the party responsible for the injury is not solely the employer. It is important not to overlook the possible pursuit of a personal injury claim against a third party in conjunction with the workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation claim against the employer is not the only pathway to recovery when another party has been negligent. Crossover, or third-party claims, exist when industrial equipment is defective, which can lead to a product liability case against a manufacturer. These cases arise from defective warehouse vehicles, warehouse storage shelving unities, forklifts, scaffolding, scissor lifts and an array of industrial tools and machines. Another common area of crossover comes from an injury sustained at a multi-employer work site. The situation usually arises when employers from different trades are working at the same site. If an injury results from the negligence of a worker from a different employer, a personal injury claim be pursued against that worker’s employer at the same time as a workers’ compensation claim against the injured worker’s employer. Anesi Ozmon has for more than 65 years represented...

First Responders’ Rights if Exposed to COVID-19

By David Figlioli
In my nearly 30 years of practice, I have had the privilege of representing several hundred first responders, police officers and firefighters who suffered injuries while serving and protecting the citizens of their communities.  These front-line heroes never hesitated to answer a call for help or to protect a person’s property and in doing so, frequently sustained an injury.  Some of these injuries were so serious that the first responder was unable to continue working in his or her chosen profession.  The compensation these injured first responders received under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, the Public Employees Disability Act and under the various Pension Codes, in small part, compensated them for their sacrifices. This year, for the first time, these courageous first responders faced a new risk – the COVID-19 virus.  This virus that has spread so relentlessly through most every community, offered no quarter to the police officers and firefighters who continued to perform their job duties, serving their communities.  I, and several of the attorneys here at Anesi Ozmon, have received numerous calls from first responders who have contracted this virus and are subsequently quarantined and recovering from this disease.  To our surprise and dismay, many...

Anesi Ozmon Sponsors WBAI Annual Reception

Anesi Ozmon was a proud sponsor of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois 106th Annual Reception on September 10. The virtual reception featured the installation of the incoming officers and directors on the board, including Associate Hayley Graham. The WBAI is one of the oldest and largest legal organizations in Illinois. Its mission is to promote, foster, protect and advance the interests and welfare of women and women lawyers. 
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