Assembly workers provide a much needed service while risking their lives and bodies on a daily basis. They are often required to operate very powerful machinery and the slightest misstep can be life changing for the worker and his or her family. The Chicago workplace injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand the dangers that these workers must face and fight on their behalves to ensure that a debilitating injury doesn’t put their families in jeopardy due to mounting bills and the inability to earn an income. Let us help you with your worker’s compensation claim so that you recover all of the compensation the law will afford you.
Types of Injuries Encountered By Assembly Line Workers
An assembly line worker is often surrounded by machinery that could easily cause serious bodily harm if proper safety protocols are not followed. Even the most diligent workers become injured when a machine malfunctions or they are not immediately aware of a falling object or other hazard. It is extremely important that employers provide the proper safety equipment and training, but many companies attempt to cut costs by skimping in these areas. The most common types of injuries our Chicago work injury lawyers encounter with assembly line workers include the following.
- Blows to the head from falling objects— assembly workers are almost required to work with their heads on swivels because hazards can come from any direction. The last place most people will look is above. Falling objects have the ability to cause serious injuries such as trauma to the brain, a fractured skull and injuries to the eyes, face and neck.
- Loss of limb in machinery accident— large machines used on assembly lines have very powerful moving parts. When a worker gets a limb caught in a pinch point on accident or due to an equipment malfunction, it may be impossible to save the worker’s limb. In the worst cases, the limb is severed or crushed in the accident.
- Fractures and shattered bones— crushing injuries are also common, which may result in shattered bones and joints. Depending on the severity of the injury and the manner in which the bone was broken, treatment may become extensive and require surgery and rehabilitation.
- Repetitive use injuries— carpal tunnel is normally associated with office work and other professions which require the constant use of workers’ hands. Assembly workers also use their hands on a constant basis and may suffer from strain to other areas of the body such as the feet, knees, back and arms.
- Exposure to hazardous materials— long term exposure to chemicals and other hazards can take a toll on workers over many years. One example of this is the impact that long term exposure asbestos has had on so many manufacturing workers and assembly line workers, who inhaled the fibers over many years only to develop conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Know Your Rights Following an Assembly Line Accident
There are many misconceptions floating around about workers’ rights following a workplace injury. Understanding your rights is important when deciding whether to file a claim and our lawyers have extensive knowledge of workplace laws in the State of Illinois we are ready to share. The most important thing for you to know is that you do not need to prove fault in order to file a worker’s compensation claim. Your benefits are guaranteed regardless of who was at fault for your accident.
You are also entitled to receive the full cost of your medical treatment and to be able to choose your doctor or specialist. Do not let your employer threaten you if you choose not to use the employer-designated healthcare provider. In addition to covering your medical treatment, your employer is also required to pay two thirds of your regular wages over the course of your recovery and to provide a lump sum settlement in the event that your injuries result in a permanent disability.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of workers maximize the value of their worker’s compensation claims and can assist you in collecting the damages you need to pay your medical bills and provide for your family while you are unable to return to work. Our lawyers have the experience and track record of success that you can trust when preparing your claim and will fight tirelessly on your behalf.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Chicago workplace injury attorneys. Once we have gathered all of the information we need to evaluate your claim, we will review your legal options with you and answer any questions you have about the legal process required to recover damages on your behalf. If for any reason we are unable to secure compensation for you, you are assured that our time and services will come at absolutely no cost to you.