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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.

Seriously Injured Movie Extra Receives Nearly $20M

September 29th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Many movies feature impressive action sequences that are sometimes so dangerous to film that the health and lives of everyone involved can be at risk. It is not always professional stuntmen who do the most dangerous jobs, even extras may be used to make a movie more attractive for the audience. Although safety should come first, this is not always so. Consider the case of Gabriela Cedillo, a 26-year-old woman who was seriously injured while working as an extra in the movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

The accident took place during the filming of a scene involving a “cable-pull rollover”, a stunt in which a car is flipped with a cable. Cedillo was driving a car near two other vehicles that were supposed to flip over. However, something went wrong and the cable broke loose. The cable and its bracket went through Cedillo’s windshield and hit her in the head, causing terrible injuries. Even after several surgeries she is far from healthy, suffering from brain impairment, memory loss, and hallucinations. She needs constant care and can’t move her body completely. Her left eye was also blinded in the accident.

Paramount Pictures and DW Studio Productions agreed to pay nearly $20 million dollars compensation to Cedillo after a settlement was reached. Some of the money was set aside for monthly payments that guarantee her treatment later in life. The settlement also covered her rehabilitation and physician costs, which totaled over $800.000.

If you have been injured while at work it is in your best interest to get dedicated legal help. Contact   an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney immediately. You don’t have to go through it on your own.

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