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Chicago Workplace Accident Attorneys

Helping Injured Workers throughout Illinois

Despite workplace safety laws and prevention measures, workplace accidents and injuries can still happen. While some jobs and industries, such as the construction manufacturing industries, are more susceptible to workplace accidents and injuries, work-related injuries can happen to any worker at any time.

At the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman, P.C., our Chicago workplace accident lawyers focus on helping injured workers get the maximum compensation possible through workers’ compensation benefits and any possible third-party personal injury claims. If you suffered a work-related injury, contact our office at (312) 346-8990 to schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated Chicago workplace accident lawyers.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available to injured workers, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. The amount of a workers’ compensation settlement depends on the extent of the injuries and the injured worker’s wages. There are legal limits on the amount of workers’ compensation benefits that an injured worker can receive, as well.

Depending on the extent of the work-related injury, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the following worker’s compensation benefits:

  • Medical expenses
  • Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering
  • Permanent total disability (PTD)or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits

Personal Injury Damages

Workers’ compensation laws prohibit an injured worker from suing his or her employer following workplace accident, but depending on the circumstances of the workplace accident, the injured worker may be able to obtain personal injury damages in a third-party cause of action.

Third-party actions can apply to a number of situations, but they commonly arise in the following accidents:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Delivery drivers and truckers may be injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job. If the accident was caused by a negligent motorist, he or she could be held liable.
  • Medical Malpractice – If a workplace accident is exacerbated by medical malpractice, the responsible doctor or hospital could be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Slip and Fall Accident – If a worker is injured on the property of another person while on the job, the property owner or manager could be liable for the failure to maintain a safe property.
  • Dangerous and Defective Equipment – Workplace accidents caused by defective equipment or machinery may result in liability against the product manufacturer.
  • Construction Worker Accidents – General contractors are responsible for maintaining a safe construction site and could be held liable for any construction accident injuries. Moreover, construction equipment manufacturers can be held liable if a construction accident is caused by a dangerous or defective product that they made.

Whereas workers’ compensation benefits are subject to certain legal limits and are based on the injured worker’s wages, damages in a third-party personal injury cause of action may include compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. Third-party claims may also include punitive damages, as well.

Get Full and Fair Recovery for Your Workplace Accident

The Chicago workplace accident attorneys at the Law Office of Kenneth A. Fishman, P.C. are committed to helping clients get maximum recovery possible following a workplace accident, which could include workers’ compensation benefits, as well as personal injury damages.

Contact our office at (312) 346-8990 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workplace accident attorneys to discuss all possible legal claims.