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Workers’ Comp vs. Personal Injury Claims After an On-the-Job Car Crash

September 16th, 2020 at 10:06 am

crashMany employees, including truck drivers and other delivery drivers, are required to operate a vehicle as a major component of their work. With so much time spent on the road, these employees can be at a greater risk of injury in a car accident. If you have been injured in an accident on the job, you may be unsure of your options for pursuing compensation. The good news is that compensation may be available through both workers’ compensation and a personal injury claim, and your attorney can advise you as to when each is possible.

Obtaining Recovery Through Workers’ Compensation

In Illinois, most employers are required to have a workers’ compensation policy that covers expenses for employees who are injured in the course of their work, regardless of who is at fault. For professional vehicle operators, this means that even if you have been injured in a single-vehicle accident or an accident you caused while driving for work, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. Workers’ compensation can also cover damages from an accident caused by a third-party driver, or work injuries unrelated to driving, such as repetitive stress injuries from the loading of heavy cargo.

Pursuing Additional Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

For any injury sustained on the job, workers’ compensation can cover most damages including medical bills, two-thirds of lost wages, disability, and scarring and disfigurement. However, if your accident was the fault of another driver or a third party and you have suffered severe injuries, you may wish to pursue further compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Holding the other party accountable can result in a settlement or court ruling awarding you compensation for additional lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages from physical and mental distress, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Regardless of who is at fault for your work-related vehicle accident, you should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible who can help you document your injuries, treatment, and expenses in order to file a claim for the most possible compensation. If you plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney can also help you gather evidence to demonstrate the other party’s negligence and liability.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our attorneys have experience with both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, and we understand the processes and strategies that can lead to fair compensation for our clients as efficiently as possible. We can help you identify all parties from which you can seek compensation to assist with your recovery. Contact a Chicago worker’s compensation lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.




Tragic Forklift Accident Leaves One Man Dead

December 29th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Forklifts are prevalent in construction jobs and in warehouse jobs.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimate that out of the 855,000 forklifts in the United States over ten percent will be in some sort of accident.  Nearly 35,000 of those are reported to be serious injuries and more than 850,000 are not serious.  While close to 90 deaths result from forklift accidents; unfortunately, for a man from Kankakee, he falls into the latter number.

21 year old Jacob Dluzak was found stuck between the bars of a boom forklift.  He was discovered by a co-worker at the St. Anne Farmers Consignment Auction in Northeast Illinois.  Dluzak was transported to the Riverside Center where he was pronounced dead on December 27th.

Local authorities are unaware of the cause of the accident as the death is still being investigated.  There are a few contributing factors that can lead to a forklift related death or injury.  A lack of training or improper training is the major influence on work-related accidents. If the warehouse or manufacturing department is working too quickly to meet a deadline, it can also lead to more accidents.  The lack of maintenance and procurement of forklifts can also be an organizational factor that leads to increases in injury.

While employees are at work, there is a tacit agreement between the employee and employer that the employer will be in a safe environment.  Though, workplace accidents should be avoided at all costs by business, sometimes they are unavoidable.  If you or a loved one have been injured by a forklift, then a workers compensation suit can help alleviate the stress of big hospital bills.  Contact a thorough workers compensation attorney in Cook County today.

The Most Dangerous Jobs in America

October 5th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Workplace accidents are commonplace because most people are concentrating on their work and not on their own safety.  It would make sense if police officers or firefighters had the most dangerous jobs in America because they run into deadly situations with criminals and fires.  That’s not the case as one would think.  Even dangerous positions like working with heavy machinery are not the most deadly jobs.  Unfortunately the most dangerous working environment in the US is for the road warriors like sales representatives and truck drivers.  The second most dangerous job in America is farming or ranching.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the top four causes for nearly 21% of people died on highways and overall 39% of fatalities were transportation accidents in cars, airplanes, and other modes of conveyance.  When considering all the fatalities in the United States last year, transportation fatalities accounted for 2 out of 5.  The other three highest causes of workplace fatalities are violence from others at 18%, contact with machinery or other workplace fixtures at 16%, and falls at 14%.

Yet overall, the number of workplace related injuries are declining, meaning that it is safer to work than in past years.  While it is important to work in a safe, OSHA approved environment, sometimes accidents happen which are out of our control.  If you have been a victim of a workplace accident, then you are entitled to receive reimbursement for your medical bills, for your lost wages, and any other benefit you may have missed from your accident.  Contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in Oakbrook to review the next steps in your claim.

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