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