Assembly line workers are regularly exposed to dangerous working conditions that can lead to serious injury or death. Too often, employers do not provide adequate safety measures for their assembly line workers. The lack of these measures can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries.
These risks only increase without an employer’s proper training, maintenance, and supervision. Were you injured working on the assembly line, or have you developed long-term occupational injuries or illnesses after years on the assembly line?
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our Chicago personal injury attorneys can help you understand your rights and how best to pursue the benefits you deserve. We understand that your employer may attempt to blame you or claim that their negligence did not cause the injury.
Call our Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship. The
Assembly workers provide a much-needed service while risking their lives and bodies daily. They are often required to operate very powerful machinery, and the slightest misstep can be life-changing for the worker and their family.
Our Chicago workplace injury attorneys understand the dangers workers must face and fight on their behalf 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 our law firm help you with your worker’s compensation claim after you have suffered harm so that you recover all of the compensation the law will afford you.
If you or a family member was injured while working on an assembly line, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for more information and a free review of your legal rights and options.
Types of Injuries Encountered By Assembly Line Workers
An assembly line worker is often surrounded by dangerous machinery that could cause serious bodily harm if proper safety protocols are not followed. Even the most diligent workers become injured when a machine malfunctions or are not immediately aware of a falling object or other hazards.
Many employers in the manufacturing industry provide the proper safety equipment and training to best hand heavy lifting and fast-moving machinery. However, many injuries occur when companies attempt to cut costs by skimping in these areas.
The following are the most common types of injuries our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers encounter with assembly-line workers.
- 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 putting them at high risk of injury. The last place most people will look is above. Falling objects can cause serious injuries such as trauma to the brain, a fractured skull, and injuries to the eyes, face, and neck.
- Loss of limb in a fast-moving machinery accident— Employees work near large machines with very powerful moving parts on assembly lines. Many injured workers get a limb caught in a pinch point in a job site accident or due to an equipment malfunction. It may be impossible to save the worker’s limb. In the worst assembly line injury cases, the limb is severed or crushed in the accident.
- Fractures and shattered bones— crushing injuries are also common, resulting in shattered bones and joints. Depending on the severity of the work injury and how the bone was broken, treatment may become extensive and require surgery and rehabilitation.
- Repetitive motion injuries— carpal tunnel syndrome is normally associated with office work and other professions which require the constant use of workers’ hands. However, manufacturing plant assembly workers also use their hands constantly and may suffer from strain to other body areas, 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 to 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
Many misconceptions are floating around about workers’ rights following a workplace injury. However, understanding your rights is important when deciding to file a claim.
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of workplace laws in Illinois we are ready to share. In addition, our legal team knows that you are entitled to receive the full cost of your medical treatment and can work closely with you to ensure you receive medical treatment from the doctor or specialist you choose.
Do not let your employer threaten you if you choose not to use the company-designated healthcare provider to avoid paying what they owe you for your damages and other injuries.
In addition to covering your medical treatment, your employer must pay two-thirds of your regular wages. At the same time, you recover and provide a lump sum settlement should your injury result in a permanent disability.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has helped thousands of workers maximize the value of their worker’s comp claims and can assist you in collecting the damages you need to pay your medical bills and provide for your family before you return to your job.
Our lawyers have the experience and track record of success in helping our clients prepare their cases and will fight tirelessly on your behalf.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Any worker suffering from assembly line injuries has a legal right to file a worker’s comp claim to pursue financial recovery for their damages.
Based on state law, all factory employers must provide workers’ comp benefits for any assembly line injury or wrongful death. These weekly, biweekly, and disability payments will be paid to nearly any moderate to severe injury.
These common assembly line injuries might include:
- Repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones and fractures
- Slip and fall injuries on factory floors
- Wrongful death benefits when the victim dies from a fatal work-related injury
Common Workers’ Compensation Benefits
A workers’ compensation claim typically provides fair compensation that includes:
- Hospital cost of medical expenses
- Lost wages and future lost earnings
- Total/partial disability payments
- Future medical bills for therapy, rehabilitation, and surgery
In some cases, injured workers might be entitled to receive additional compensation above their workers’ compensation claims when other parties are involved in causing the work-related injury.
In these cases, an experienced attorney will file a personal injury claim against all possible defendants that might include:
- Other contractors working at the job site
- Other drivers and car accidents when operating the company vehicle
- Product manufacturers selling defective equipment to manufacturing plants
- Medical malpractice from substandard medical care
- Property owners
Contact A Chicago Assembly Line Workers Compensation & Injury Law Firm
Contact a Chicago assembly line injury lawyer today to arrange a free consultation who can gather all pertinent information needed to evaluate your claim.
Our law firm will review your legal options with you and answer any questions about the legal process required to recover damages on your behalf.
During a confidential consultation, all information you share with your injury lawyer remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Our legal team accepts all personal injury claims and worker’s compensation cases on a contingency basis, meaning no upfront fees are paid until we resolve your case.
As a result, our law firm has been helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve for years.