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Since the early 1990s, approximately 5,500 workplace injuries have occurred each year in the state of Illinois, including 200 injuries that result in death, according to the Illinois Department of Labor.

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Those employed in the transportation, mining, manufacturing and construction industries are at the highest risk of being hurt in a serious workplace accident, although no worker in any occupation is entirely safe. Despite major strides that have been made to improve workplace safety, serious job-related accidents continue to occur.

Illinois workers compensation law provides financial compensation to employees who are injured on the job – but depending on the nature of your injuries, the benefits you receive may not be enough to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. An experienced workplace accident attorney can review your situation and help to determine if any additional party was responsible for your accident. If so, you may be able to bring a claim for damages.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious or fatal injury at work due to another persons negligence or recklessness, contact the Illinois workplace accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We have the experience and expertise to handle your case and secure the maximum monetary reward you deserve. We have obtained more than $1 billion on behalf of our accident and injury clients, including 225 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.

Contact our Illinois workplace accident attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 312-372-1227 or by using our online form.

Common Types of Serious Workplace Injuries

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we have provided legal assistance to workers injured in a wide variety of accidents, such as those listed below:

    • Motor vehiclesThe leading cause of workplace accidents and deaths involve motor vehicles. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 1,354 workers die annually in crashes on public highways, while 358 pedestrian workers are killed each year. Truck drivers, delivery drivers and those who work around vehicles at construction sites, warehouses, ports or terminals are at risk for these serious accidents.
    • Heavy equipmentA worker can suffer crushed limbs, head and brain injuries or severe back and spinal cord injuries from working around heavy equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, graders, forklifts, skid steers, hydraulic lifts or cranes. These heavy equipment injuries commonly occur in construction, manufacturing and warehouse work.
    • Machinery: Factories and industrial plants can be dangerous places, especially when workers are not properly trained to work safely around machinery or are provided with inadequate protective gear. Some injuries are caused by machinery that is not properly fitted with guards and safety mechanisms, such as emergency stops.
    • FallsOne of the leading causes of injuries for construction workers is falls from ladders, scaffolding or cranes, or through elevator shafts or holes in flooring. Serious injuries can also be suffered from slipping and falling on wet, oily, snowy, icy or uneven floors, and on stairways that lack railings or guards.
    • Falling objects: Bricks, planks, tools or other heavy materials can fall on construction laborers, while improperly stacked goods may fall on warehouse or factory workers. Falling objects frequently lead to serious head and brain injuries, especially when a worker hasn’t been provided with proper protective gear.
    • Flying debris: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries each year, with the majority of those injuries caused by flying debris such as metal shavings, wood splinters, shards of brick or glass, and dust or other particulate matter.
    • Fires and explosions: Burns, disfigurement and damage to the lungs can result from a fire or explosion in a factory, warehouse or construction site. These serious accidents tend to occur because of the negligent storage or handling of gases, flammable liquids or hazardous chemicals. Frequently, welding can emit sparks that ignite fires.
    • Electrocution: Unsafe equipment, improper grounding, poor insulation, loose connections or exposed and corroded live wires can lead to severe burn injuries for workers. An electrocution can result in burns to the hands, arms, feet and legs, numbness in the affected body part or possibly fatal cardiac arrhythmia.
    • Toxic chemical exposureSome of the most serious workplace accidents are those that lead to exposure to toxic chemicals. These hazardous materials can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled through the mouth, nose and lungs, causing irritation, burns, poisoning or long-term diseases such as cancer.

Dangerous Jobs in Chicago and Illinois

It’s well understood that heights, sharp-edged tools, heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, gases, electrical currents and other risks involved with certain jobs make them dangerous. But many workplace accidents in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois can also occur in what would be considered safe “office jobs.”

Among about 5.4 million Illinois workers in 2011, there were 1.7 fatal occupational injuries and 3.6 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers (or 194,400) across a wide variety of industries and state and local government jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

Occupations with the Highest Injury Rate

About 1.18 million injuries that occurred at a U.S. jobsite in 2011 required a day or more away from work, the BLS says. Nearly 20 percent of workplace injuries that required days away from work in 2011 occurred among five occupations:

  • Laborers
  • Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
  • Janitors and cleaners
  • Heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  • Police officers and sheriff’s patrol officers.

Here’s a look at some industry figures from the 2011 reports for Illinois:

Occupation
# Employed
Fatalities
Injury/Illness*
Professional and
business services
824,400
16
1.4
State and local
government
717,900
15
6.0
Retail trade
594,300
12
3.8
Manufacturing
568,300
14
4.4
Leisure and
hospitality
522,400
11
3.9
Wholesale trade
289,200
7
3.2
Transportation
and warehousing
218,200
32
5.4
Construction
202,200
21
2.4
Education and
health services
64,700
8
5.6
Agriculture, forestry
fishing, hunting
11,900
22
5.7
* — Per 100 full-time workers

 

Falls, including slipping and tripping accidents, are a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. Transportation accidents, which include car and truck accidents, as well as accidents involving forklifts or similar vehicles, are another leading cause of job-related injury and death. Another factor not to be overlooked is violence, which is a risk in any job that requires contact with the general public, such as the retail trade. Eleven out of 12 work fatalities in Illinois in 2011 were attributed to violence.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious workplace injury as the result of anothers negligent or reckless conduct, the Illinois workplace accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help. We have offices in Chicago and Waukegan, and we represent clients throughout Illinois. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today at 312-372-1227 or use our online form.

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