In the Chicago area, workplace accidents and illnesses are a routine occurrence. Each year, there are millions of work-related injuries and illnesses across the United States, and numerous local workers suffer severe traumatic injuries and contract dangerous occupational illnesses that leave them out of work and unable to enjoy life. Even a “minor” injury can force an employee to take substantial time off of work for treatment and recovery, and this can result in a significant loss of wages. Serious workplace injuries and illnesses can lead to exorbitant medical bills. Without financial compensation, these bills can become insurmountable.
Understanding Your Rights After a Workplace Accident
If you have been injured on the job in the Chicago area, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses and other losses. In most cases, work-related accidents and injuries will fall under the protection of the Illinois workers’ compensation laws. However, depending upon the particular circumstances of your case and the cause of your work injury, you may be able to pursue additional claims against third parties that are responsible for your losses.
For example, if you were hurt while driving for work and another driver was at fault in the accident, you may have the right to collect both workers’ compensation benefits and damages from the other driver’s insurance company. Or, if your work-related injury or illness was due to a defective product in the workplace, you may be able to bring a legal action against the manufacturer or supplier of the product. Since the benefits available under workers’ compensation are limited (and you only have a limited amount of time to assert your rights), it is critical for injured workers to seek representation from an experienced attorney who can help maximize their financial recovery. If you do not pursue all available sources of compensation or miss a deadline that applies to your claim, you could end up with substantially less than you deserve.
Your Chicago Work Injury Attorneys
The laws that apply to on-the-job injuries and illnesses are complicated. If you have been injured on the job, you should seek the advice of an experienced Chicago work injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Jackowiak Law Offices, our attorneys have decades of combined experience representing Chicago-area residents in workplace illness and injury cases involving:
When you are dealing with a work-related injury or illness, it is important to choose an experienced legal team that knows how to effectively handle workplace accident claims. Our attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers who fight to secure fair and just compensation for our clients. Whether your suffering is the result of a major or minor accident, we will thoroughly investigate your case and take prompt legal action against all parties who may be responsible for your medical condition.
Get Started with a Free Consultation
To get started, please call our Chicago office at 312-795-9595 or send us your information online. Your initial consultation is completely free and confidential, and you do not pay any legal fees or costs unless we help you recover just compensation.