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Warehouse Accidents

September 29th, 2017 at 8:01 am

DuPage County workers compensation attorneys, warehouse accidents, forklift accidents, forklift falls, workplace accidentWarehouses are notorious for the injuries they cause to even the most skilled and experienced employees. A combination of loud noises, heavy machinery, forklifts, stacked merchandise, and potential for fire and electrical shock makes the fast-paced arena of a warehouse dangerous. Yet, some of the most common types of injuries are chronic, such as hearing loss and back pain.

If you have suffered any type of occupational injury or illness during your time as a warehouse worker, it is your right to pursue workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation pays for things like medical bills and your wages while you take time to recover. For help with your case, do not hesitate to reach out to a skilled attorney immediately.

Common Warehouse Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), across the country over 145,000 employees work in warehouses—an occupation that has an injury and fatality rate much higher than the average occupation.

The most common warehouse injuries include:

  • Forklift accidents;
  • Stacking products;
  • Improper use or failure to use personal protective equipment;
  • Failure to follow lockout or tagout procedures;
  • Poor fire safety procedures; and
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMIs).

Dangerous Places and Machinery in Warehouses

  • Docks: Loading dock injuries often involve forklift accidents and falls. A fall from even a four or five foot ledge can result in a traumatic brain injury, broken ribs, fractured limbs, or even a severed spinal cord. Chronic, lasting back pain or soft tissue damage is a more common result of taking such a fall, and can be difficult to be compensated for if there is no X-ray showing a fracture. Yet, the chronic pain from taking a loading dock fall can last years or a lifetime and seriously deteriorate your quality of life, especially if left untreated.
  • Conveyors: Common conveyor accidents occur when an employee gets a hand or finger caught in between a belt or other moving part of the conveyor. Falling objects can crush feet, hands, and injure other body parts, while the most common injury associated with conveyors are chronic repetitive motion injuries. A repetitive motion injury occurs from doing the same movement, such as awkwardly bending over to pick up an object or box, over and over again throughout the span of months and years.
  • Forklifts: Forklifts, which account for nearly 100,000 workplace injuries every year, are dangerous even when operated by experienced drivers. In fact, a forklift driver was tragically killed in a workplace accident last summer in Des Plaines, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Reach Out to an Attorney for Professional Help with Your Case

If you were injured in a workplace accident or have a chronic injury due to a repetitive motion, do not hesitate to contact the dedicated DuPage County workers’ compensation attorneys at our law office today for legal assistance in receiving the compensation that you deserve. We are prepared to help you immediately.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3220_Warehouse.pdf

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/man-killed-in-forklift-accident-at-des-plaines-warehouse/

What Happens to Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits If You Quit Your Job?

March 25th, 2016 at 1:04 pm

quitting job, DuPage County workers' compensation attorneyIf you have been injured on the job, you need to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer before you make any big decisions. Quitting your job can reduce the benefits you are eligible to receive. In some circumstances, you could lose your benefits entirely.

Medical Benefits

Under Illinois law, the medical benefits you receive under workers’ compensation will continue no matter what your job status. This means that payments for the medical care you need to recover from your workplace injury will continue even if you leave your employment.

Permanent Injuries

When your claim is found to be for a permanent injury, you will be able to receive the compensation for that permanent injury regardless of your employment situation. In the case of a permanent partial disability, your benefits will be set at the end of your case. Quitting your job before the level of your permanent disability benefits have been calculated and set could result in a big reduction in the amount you ultimately receive. As with every major employment decision, make sure to speak with your workers’ compensation lawyer before leaving your job. After the level of your benefits for permanent partial disability has been set and your case has concluded, you will be able to leave your employment and still collect your benefits in most cases.

Temporary Disability

Injuries that result in temporary partial disability means that you may still be able to perform some work with medical restrictions. You may receive compensation for any pay differential if the injury limits how many hours you can work or otherwise affects your pay rate. You may lose this benefit if you quit your job.

If you receive temporary total disability benefits while you are recovering because you cannot perform your old job, the benefits may be contingent on you keeping your job. If you voluntarily leave your job and your employer demonstrates he or she could have accommodated your injury and was willing to do so, you may have a difficult time keeping your benefits.

Quitting your job at any point during a workers’ compensation case can also lower the value of your case. In many instances, the value of your claim is tied to the wages you are losing because you are not able to work. Leaving your job gives the employer, or the employer’s insurance company, the ability to argue that your lost wages are no longer relevant because you took action to leave your job, independent of the injury.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you need to understand your rights. You should speak with a knowledgeable and experienced DuPage County workers’ compensation lawyer right away. Call the Law Offices of Frank J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 to schedule a consultation. You may only have a short time to take action.

 

Sources:

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/handbook020106.pdf

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