Common Workplace Accidents & Injuries
A “workplace injury” refers to any job-related injury or occupational illness. These injuries can arise from a variety of workplace accidents, working conditions, or employment-related incidents.
Some of the most common workplace accidents and injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Car accidents on the job
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chemical exposure
- Construction accidents
- FELA (railroad) accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Head injuries
- Industrial accidents
- OSHA violations
- Warehouse accidents
Whether you work in an office or on construction sites, you face certain risks every day on the job. If you have suffered a work injury, reach out to Anesi Ozmon to learn more about your legal options and your right to a fair recovery.
What to Do After a Work-Related Injury
If you are injured at work, you should request immediate medical attention. If necessary, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Do not worry about how much your treatment may cost or what doctor you see; the most important thing is that you get the medical attention you need to prevent further injuries or complications.
In most cases, you will not need to pay for medical expenses after a workplace injury. Most employees in Illinois qualify for workers’ compensation, which covers medical expenses and provides for temporary total disability benefits if a doctor says you are unable to work, or if your employer is unable to accommodate any work restrictions imposed by your doctor.
After you have completed treatment, you may also receive additional benefits, including permanent partial disability benefits if you return to work, wage loss benefits if you return to alternative payment at lesser pay, or total permanent disability benefits if you are unable to return to work. Workers’ compensation also provides vocational rehabilitation benefits, which can help you prepare for re-entry into the workforce if your injuries had left you disabled and unable to return to your past employment.
Sometimes, workers’ compensation is not enough. You may have a third-party personal injury claim after a workplace accident or injury. For example, if you were injured on the job while using defective equipment, you could have a product liability claim against the liable manufacturer. Our Chicago workplace injury lawyers can help identify and pursue all available avenues of compensation, including Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Seeking Compensation for All Your Damages After a Work Injury
A person recovering from a catastrophic work injury—such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or neurological impairment—will ordinarily go through an extensive recovery process.
This process might include:
- Emergency medical care, perhaps including surgery or other invasive procedures
- Ongoing medical treatment and pain management
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and psychological care
- Extensive interactions with support networks, such as insurance companies and social workers
- Adaptation of the home environment—if the person is able to return home
It is vital to understand the full extent of an injury when filing for workers’ compensation or a personal injury claim, which includes an estimate of future costs and care. Our attorneys will look for all sources of compensation available to help you seek fair compensation for all your damages.
Challenges Involved in Serious Workplace Injury Cases
After a serious work injury, you are likely to face numerous challenges as you seek all available types of compensation. There may be difficult or questionable issues involving human resources department negotiations and your workers’ compensation claim. You may have a third-party liability claim, allowing for a personal injury lawsuit against someone other than your employer, such as a manufacturer or a subcontractor.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury on the job, you should contact an experienced attorney, like those at Anesi Ozmon. Our attorneys can help you sort out issues, such as short-term disability leave policies, long-term disability insurance, workers’ compensation lump-sum settlements, and Social Security Disability benefits.
Choosing the Right Workplace Injury Lawyer in Chicago, IL
We understand the challenges you are facing after a workplace accident. Our attorneys are prepared to help you:
- Advising you how to file an effective workers’ compensation claim right away
- Beginning an investigation to determine whether there is third-party liability on the part of a manufacturer, subcontractor, or another entity other than your employer
- Representing you in any necessary workers’ compensation hearings or appeals
- Providing legal counsel and representation in the event that your employer wrongfully discharges you after you have filed a workers’ compensation claim
We represent individual clients in workplace injury claims that involve the most catastrophic of injuries. We also represent the families of those whose loved ones have died due to on-the-job accidents and exposure to harmful chemicals at work. Our clients trust our knowledge, experience, and dedication.