Workplace Injuries Due to Safety Violations: What are Your Rights?
Each year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites thousands of employers for workplace safety violations. State authorities (including the Illinois Department of Labor) take action against employers across the country who put their workers at risk as well. Unfortunately, these safety violations often result in serious injuries and occupational illnesses, and many workers are never able to fully-recover from the effects of their injuries and diseases. If you have been injured in the workplace, contact a skilled Chicago work injury lawyer right away to discuss your legal options. What are your rights if you suffer harm due to a workplace safety violation? In short, it depends. If your employer was at fault, your remedies may be limited to claiming workers’ compensation benefits. Under Illinois’s workers’ compensation system, employees typically cannot sue their employers for job-related injuries and illnesses. However, there are exceptions to this general rule; and, if a third-party is to blame for your medical condition (or if you are not eligible for workers’ compensation), you may be able to seek full compensation for your injury or illness resulting from a workplace safety violation. 10 Most Common “Serious” Workplace Safety Violations According to OSHA’s data, companies commit tens of thousands of “serious” safety violations each year. This includes thousands of repeat violations. OSHA defines a serious violation as, “one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.” The 10 […]