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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.

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