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Who Is Liable if I Fall at Work?

Many adults spend most of their time during the week at work. Accidents can happen anywhere, but the time you spend at work increases the chances that you could suffer an accidental injury on the job. This is especially true if you work in an industry that has a higher risk of injury.

One common accident that can happen at any workplace is a fall. Falls can happen in many ways, including slipping and falling while walking in an office building or> falling from scaffolding or other heights at a construction site. No matter how or where your accident occurred, you are probably wondering, who will compensate me for the costs I incurred because of my work-related fall?

Your Employer

Illinois law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which should provide coverage and benefits for workers who are injured on the job. This includes falls, and anyone who was injured from a fall at work should be able to make a workers’ compensation claim and receive compensation for medical costs and lost wages.

However, the workers’ compensation system is far from perfect, and many valid claims are not properly handled, which can result in a denial of important benefits for you. If you are having any difficulty with a workers’ compensation claim, you should call a Chicago work injury attorney as soon as possible.

Third Parties

Workers’ compensation law generally prevents you from filing a personal injury lawsuit in exchange for receiving benefits. However, this refers to a lawsuit holding your employer liable for your injuries. In some instances, a third party who is not your employer may be responsible for causing your fall. If you can prove that the negligence of a third party caused your fall and related injuries, you may have the right to seek compensation from that party through a personal injury claim.

Contact Our Chicago Workplace Injury Attorneys for More Information Today

The best way to be sure you are seeking all forms of compensation you deserve is to consult with a workplace injury attorney who understands relevant Illinois law. Please do not hesitate to >call the Chicago office of Abels & Annes at (312) 924-7575 to discuss your situation for free today.

Four Common Workplace Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal injuries reported by private employers in 2015. Workplace injuries often entitle victims to significant compensation for their losses, so it is important for anyone hurt on the job to have an attorney review the facts of his or her case. Here are four of the most common types of workplace injuries that people sustain in the Chicagoland area.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur when a blow or jolt to the head results in a disruption in the way the brain normally functions. These injuries can occur at the workplace in a number of ways, including falls, struck-by events, motor vehicle accidents, or accidental explosions.

Back Injuries

Back injuries are another common type of workplace injury, and they often affect people who are in jobs that require heavy lifting or other physical tasks. They can also be the result of falls, motor vehicle accidents, or ill-fitted chairs or work equipment.

Broken Bones

Many people who are injured in workplace accidents sustain broken bones. In some cases, fractures result in extreme pain, disfigurement, or even lengthy periods of hospitalization.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries, or RSIs, occur over a period of time rather than as a result of a single incident. Common examples of RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow, trigger finger, and focal dystonia. These injuries often arise after years or even decades of using the body in a particular way and can affect people in virtually any industry. As a result, anyone who has been diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury should consider the possibility that the injury was a result of working conditions and should discuss it with an attorney.

Call Abels & Annes, P.C. Today to Speak with a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Today

Workplace accidents can leave victims with extremely serious injuries that can affect them for years. To find our whether you will be able to file a claim, call our office today to schedule a consultation with a Chicago personal injury lawyer. If you would prefer to send us an email, please fill out and submit our online contact form.