Factory Worker Accident & Workers Compensation Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois
In 2018, almost 15.5 million people worked in the factory manufacturing industry, making up almost 11% of the workforce. These dedicated workers are responsible for making the products we use every day, from the cars that we drive to the food in our cupboards.
Manufacturing includes retail goods, machinery, chemicals, and plastics. The heavy equipment and chemicals used during various phases of the manufacturing process can be hazardous if both the employees and the plant management do not adhere to the proper safety procedures.
A Factory Worker Injury Attorney can Help
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to protecting the rights of workers injured in Chicago factory accidents. Our worker's compensation law firm the resources needed to thoroughly investigate your case so the responsible parties can be held accountable to the fullest extent.
Contact our firm for a free review of your case by a personal injury lawyer who has prosecuted other factory accident cases in Illinois on behalf of injured workers and their families.
If you or a family member were injured while working in a factory, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Contact our worker's compensation attorneys for more information and a free review of your legal rights and options.
Our law firm currently represents clients throughout Illinois and the Chicagoland area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Naperville, Schaumburg, and Waukegan.
Factory Worker Accidents FAQs
What are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
Severe workplace accidents include repetitive strain injuries, slip and falls, lacerations, and cuts. Many victims are exposed to loud noises, inhale toxic fumes, and suffer repetitive strain injury.
Other workers are hit by falling objects, strain muscles, or are victims of collisions in car accidents.
What Were Some Hazards of Working in the Factories?
For decades, many miners and industrial factory workers suffered serious health risks long before workers' compensation benefits were available for their injuries. These victims of machinery accidents had extremity injuries, severe burns, finger and limb amputations, or died at their job.
Factory employees who work for years developed life-altering long-term medical conditions from exposure to harmful chemicals. Some of these conditions include mesothelioma, black lung, and repetitive strain injuries.
What is the Number 1 Cause of Workplace Accidents?
Many employees work long hours under stressful conditions that can lead to slips and falls, car crashes, crushing injuries, burns and explosions, and heavy equipment accidents.
Are all Workplace Accidents Preventable?
Most workplace accidents are preventable. Companies with low injury and accident rates develop and enforce safety and wellness plans that manage employee vulnerabilities that reduce the risk of their employees.
Other corporations provide employees with protective equipment and don't take short cuts to increase profits. Other educate workers and management staff on steps to prevent workplace injuries and wrongful death.
Are You Eligible for Worker's Compensation? Does it Matter if the Accident was Your Fault?
Any employee injured on the job or driving in a work-related capacity has the legal right to file an Illinois workers' compensation claim for benefits. However, there is an exception to receiving workers comp if the worker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the accident occurred.
Chicago workers' compensation lawyers can file the necessary paperwork, speak with the insurance company, and deal directly with the claims adjuster to ensure their client receives maximum compensation.
Prevalence of Factory Injuries
Although factory jobs are abundant and account for over ten percent of the total employees in the U.S., they are responsible for a much larger percentage of workplace injuries. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over thirty percent of all workplace injuries happened in the factory or manufacturing sector.
In a study released by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), they cited that in 2018 there were over 400 work-related deaths and nearly 700,000 work-related injuries in the manufacturing field. The common causes of injury were:
- Contact with objects or equipment. Injuries sustained from falling objects or contact with equipment were common causes in both fatalities and injuries. Common injuries included lacerations, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, head trauma, and temporary/permanent disability.
- Transportation accidents. Transportation accidents were the second highest cause of wrongful death in manufacturing.
- Repetitive motion and overexertion. Repetitive work and overexertion on the job that led to repetitive injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, is the second-highest cause of non-fatal injuries.
Causes of Factory Injuries
Factory work is riddled with the chance of suffering minor to severe injuries. The physical demands of the job working with heavy machinery and equipment can lead to severe injury.
Common causes of workplace accident injuries in a factory environment include:
- Slips and falls. Low lighting, slippery footing, and other hazards can cause workers to fall and have an injury.
- Mechanical malfunction. Heavy machinery can break or malfunction, causing severe injury or worse for construction workers and factory employees.
- Chemical exposure. Inhaling chemicals or getting chemical burns is a risk in some factory environments.
- Repetitive work. Some injuries are from constant strain on the body, leading to muscle and back injuries.
Factory supervisors and management are responsible for ensuring that equipment remains safe and that all employees are appropriately trained to use dangerous machinery. When safety is secondary to production numbers, workplace injuries are more likely to happen, and many times it is the management's responsibility.
Illinois Factory Accident Attorneys
Our team of attorneys is here to help injured employees and those who have lost a loved one to a factory accident in building an injury case against those responsible. The expert work injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced at getting the best possible financial recovery for our clients.
With our years of experience, we have a comprehensive understanding of the Workers Compensation laws. We can build a personal injury case to ensure you receive the adequate financial compensation you deserve.
Let us help you file a Worker's Compensation claim against your employer's insurance company. Your injury on the job likely entitles you to file a workers' compensation case against your employer.
If the injury was caused by another party (aside from their employer or co-workers) as a separate and distinct cause of action may be pursued in court, sometimes called a third-party lawsuit.
Contact a Factory Workers Compensation & Injury Lawyer
Our Chicago, IL accident attorneys will carefully evaluate your circumstance and determine the most promising direction to resolve your case successfully. We can meet with you to hear your story. We do not charge any fees until we secure the best possible compensation for your injuries or loss.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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