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Historic Tragedies and Workers’ Compensation

December 15th, 2019 at 11:18 am

IL workers compensation lawyer, IL job injury attorney, Historic Tragedies that Formed Workers’ CompensationAs a society, we create laws and regulations to prevent tragedies from happening again and develop protocols if they do. For example, after a child’s tragic death, legislation may be passed on a state level concerning the situation that took their life such as David’s law in Texas or Kelsey’s law in Illinois. The first workers’ compensation laws took place in 1911 after a series of accidents in the United States that took the lives of hundreds of workers. These accidents helped to form the government program to assist employees after injury or death in the workplace.

Today, most employers in Illinois are required to have workers’ compensation insurance and all employees have the right to file a claim after a work accident. Workers’ compensation provides benefits if an employee cannot return to work, such as lost wage payments and no-cost medical care. For jobs with heavy labor or emotional toll such as a construction worker or first responder, worker’s compensation is critical to the health of an employee after work-related accidents. Factory workers and coal miners in the following accidents lead to the current workers’ compensation laws that benefit modern workers.

Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909: The coal industry was notorious for injuries and deaths of workers in the early 20th century. Despite the mine, located in Cherry, Illinois, is one of the most advanced at its time, a fire started on the 13th day of December took the lives of 259 workers. Some of these minors were as young as 10 years old. The fire left women and families without financial support. The mine owner was charged fees for child labor and was ordered to supply families of lost loved ones $1,800.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911: Neglected safety featured from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City caused the deaths of 147 workers. The factory only one functional elevator that brought workers to the main floor. On March 25, a fire started with 600 workers in the factory. The masses loaded into the singular elevator, which after four trips, broke. Other workers jumped to their deaths in an attempt to escape or burned alive. The families were only paid $75 for each death.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The occurrences of accidents in the workplace are not new, but today there are benefits and protections for workers. If you have been involved in a workplace accident that has left you injured and unable to return to work, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today to discuss your options. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.






Winter Weather and Workers’ Compensation Injuries

December 11th, 2015 at 10:11 pm

winter weather, injuries, Chicago workers' compensation attorneyThere is no doubt that most of the country took a pounding from Mother Nature last winter. The Midwest and Northeast saw record-breaking – and dangerous – snowfalls from storm after storm. While predictions for this winter are somewhat less severe, winter weather will soon be upon the region.Not only do these weather conditions create unsafe road conditions for drivers, but they also can create unsafe job conditions for workers.

According to a new study, winter weather contributed to almost one third of all the workers’ compensation claims in the Midwest for all of 2013. In Illinois, 32 percent of employees who filed for worker’s compensation were injured in a slip and fall incident which was cause by ice or snow.

It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that there are no workplace hazards which can cause injury to employees. This also includes taking those extra precautions during the winter months. Some of these precautions should include:

  • Employers should make sure that they have arranged for parking lot and outside walkway snow removal to be done before employees arrive and leave for work.
  • If ice cannot be removed immediately from walkways or parking lots, then these areas should be salted and sanded. It is also a good idea to have containers filled with salt or sand that employees can access.
  • When plowing parking lots, make sure that the snow is being stored in areas that will not hamper or obstruct views.
  • Make sure that the runoff from the stored snow is away from where employees will be walking in order to avoid ice forming on walkways.
  • If there are areas where the snow or ice is causing a dangerous hazard, close those areas off.
  • Cold weather and ice can do a number on hardtop surfaces. Make sure parking lots and walkways are inspected on a regular basis for any potholes or cracks which could cause an employee to fall.
  • Check to make sure that all outside lights are working. Do not let leave employees in the dark as they arrive in the early morning or depart in the evening.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at work because your employer failed to remove snow or ice hazards, contact and experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for you pain and loss.





5 Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

October 7th, 2015 at 10:05 am

scaffold, workers' compensation, Chicago workers' compensation attorneyScaffold accidents are among the leading causes of injuries in the construction industry. According to the Department of Labor, at least 65 percent of the country’s 2.3 million construction workers make use of these platforms. Of those injured in scaffold accidents, 72 percent attributed the incident to a malfunction in the support or planking, the worker slipping, or an injury due to a falling object.

The most common causes of scaffolding accidents are:

  1.       Jumping on scaffolding;
  2.       Improper use of scaffolding;
  3.       Damaged scaffold parts;
  4.       Poor installation of the scaffold; and
  5.       Improper construction of the scaffold.

Previous Cases

In 2014, three construction workers were injured in Illinois when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed, sending them plummeting down two stories. When OSHA inspected the accident, the organization found that the planks used as part of the scaffolding were not strong enough to support the weight of the workers. OSHA fined the company $294,500.

In addition to the construction company, a third party may also be considered responsible for a scaffolding accident under the OSH Act. According to inspectors, the third party – a second company linked to the construction company – had enough control over the primary company’s practices to be responsible for the safety of its workers.

Who Is Liable for Your Injuries Following a Scaffold Accident?

If you were injured during a scaffold accident while on the job, you are entitled to seek out workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance company. Additionally, if the scaffolding was poorly installed by a third-party or constructed using damaged parts, you may also have a personal-injury claim against the liable party.

If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, then you should call a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Our team will evaluate your case and determine if pursuing a workers’ compensation claim is in your best interests. Mr. Discipio of the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio has access to a network of medical professionals, as well as the knowledge and resources to find success in court. Call 630-574-2288 to schedule a consultation.




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