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Garbage Collector Work Injury Lawyer

Garbage collectors often sustain injuries on the job due to the dangerous nature of their work. These injuries can be very serious and often require time off of work to recover.

Have you been injured on the job as a garbage collector? It is crucial to speak with our personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC,


Our workers' compensation lawyers have helped many garbage collectors get the benefits they deserve after being injured on the job.

Contact our personal injury lawyer toll-free at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation to determine if you have a sanitation worker injuries claim.

All confidential information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Workers' compensation is a system to help employees injured or become because of their job. However, many people find it challenging to collect workers' compensation because of the complicated process and red tape involved.

National Sanitation Workers

Sanitation workers make up approximately 1.3% of the North American workforce. This number is predicted to rise by 0.9% in the next ten years, a growth rate expected to be common in most world regions.

Chicago Sanitation Workers

Sanitation employees are some of the essential people to society. Without them, trash would never be picked up, which would lead to unsanitary conditions in neighborhoods and possibly even risk of disease outbreaks.

Despite their vital role, sanitation workers often do not receive the credit they deserve for such an essential service.

Dealing with trash can expose a sanitation employee to hazardous job risks. It is a dangerous and challenging job.

Garbage truck drivers know that their work is dirty and dangerous. The trucks hold thousands of pounds of harmful garbage and take a beating as they travel over potholes, bumps, and rocks.

Drivers of garbage trucks are asked to be vigilant because their cargo is unstable, even if the truck is parked.

How Chicago Sanitation Worker Accidents Occur

  • It is common for sanitation workers to climb up, stand on top of the truck, and work from the back of the garbage truck. For example, they may stand on top of the large truck to collect trash cans and replace them with empty ones. The worker may fall from the vehicle.
  • Workers may slip and fall on wet roads, sidewalks, or driveways. This type of incident can occur when a truck has just finished collecting household garbage and spilled liquid is on the road.
  • An employee may slip, trip or fall due to unsecured lids of garbage cans.
  • The worker may be pinned against a can or the garbage truck by the mechanical arm, compactor ram, or some other part of the truck.

Chicago Garbage and Recycling Collection Hazards

Garbage collectors face the following hazards:

  • The heavy lifting of the trash cans
  • Broken glass within garbage
  • Sharp objects
  • Infectious diseases from medical waste in the dumpsites

Chicago Sanitation Work Accidents Statistics

For the calendar year of 2019, there were a total of 729 reported accidents that resulted in a city worker seeking medical treatment.

Of those accidents, 519 were city truck accidents where city employees or other workers were driving in a work-related capacity. Of the 729 accidents, 17 were fatal.

Common Injuries From Chicago Garbage and Recyclable Materials Collectors Accidents

Many workers sustain crush injuries arising from Chicago garbage collection accidents such as:

  • Back injuries
  • Neck injury
  • Head injuries
  • Arm injuries
  • Respiratory damage

Vehicle accidents involving recycling trucks can cause severe injuries to people working on the back of the trucks.

Workers Compensation Benefits for Sanitation Workers

Workers employed in this type of industry have a higher exposure risk of suffering from occupational illness or serious injury due to the nature of their job.

Sanitation workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits if their serious injury meets the requirement of being a work-related injury. For their injury to be classified as a work-related injury, the sanitation employee must have been performing their job at the time of injury.

Our accident injuries attorneys will do their utmost to recover the maximum possible trucks accident compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages. However, prior results are not necessarily indicative of future results. For more information, contact our law office at (888) 424-5757.

Filing a Garbage Collector Work Accident Lawsuit

When a garbage collector is injured on the job because of an unsafe or dangerous working condition, they may be able to file a lawsuit against the company responsible for the injury.

Contact our law firm for a free consultation to recover compensation for your on-the-job injury.

How an Injured Sanitation Worker Can File a Personal Injury Lawsuit and the Likely Settlement Amount

An injured garbage collection worker can file a worker’s compensation case as follows:

  • The injured worker or their immediate family must file a claim with the workers' compensation insurance company within 30 days after learning of the injury.
  • The insurance company will assign an adjuster to the case. The adjuster will be in charge of gathering facts, conducting interviews, and resolving the claim.
  • The adjuster will ask for relevant documents such as doctor's reports, medical bills, and ambulance records. The company will also require the injured worker to undergo a medical exam (typically, a doctor selected by the insurance company).
  • The insurance company will then decide whether to offer a fair settlement or deny the claim.
  • Each party must present its case before a judge without legal representation in the workers' compensation system. If the workers' comp insurer denies the claim, the worker can choose to have a hearing before a workers' compensation judge or take legal action. In the legal action, the worker will need to prove that they are owed compensation.
  • If the claim is approved, the insurance company will ask an experienced attorney for the injured worker to sign a release form. A release form will be needed before any settlement can be made.
  • If the injured worker previously received medical treatment for their injuries, the insurance company may ask another physician to review the medical records before agreeing to a settlement. The insurer might also request that its doctor examine the employee again.
  • The settlement amount is decided by adding up all costs of medical care, lost wages, any permanent disability or disfigurement, and lost future wages.
  • Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury and the findings of medical experts, an injured worker can expect a settlement of 30 to 50 percent of the total amount requested.
  • If negotiations fail, the worker has another option: mediation. After reviewing medical records and holding an informal meeting, a mediator will try to reach a settlement agreement between the employee and the workers' comp insurance company. If the mediator can't resolve the matter, it will be sent to trial.

What an Injured Sanitation Worker Must Prove to Win a Personal Injury Lawsuit

To win personal injury cases, injured workers must demonstrate that:

  • Occupational hazard: the employee was hurt due to performing tasks that were part of their occupation.
  • Standard practice: the employer was not using a safety device to prevent injury.
  • Inadequate warning: the employee was hurt because the manufacturer of a dangerous machine failed to give adequate warnings.

How the Deceased Family Members Can Pursue Compensation

The bereaved family can secure compensation by:

  1. Filing a claim against the responsible party,
  2. Filing a suit in court against those who had been negligent, or
  3. Filing a case against the government.

In cases of intentional wrongdoing, you need to determine whether what happened was an accident or a result of negligence. If it is determined to be an accident, the bereaved family can file a claim against the perpetrator.

Hiring an Experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer to Recover Compensation for a Work Accident

Were you hurt while working as a garbage collector? If so, it is vital to contact a personal injury lawyer today.

Our workers' compensation benefits lawyers can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. They will work with you to build a case and get the best possible outcome for your situation.

You may be feeling overwhelmed after being injured at work. Let our workers' compensation law firm take care of the legal details so you can focus on healing. They will handle all communication with insurance companies and the court system, so you can relax and concentrate on getting better.

Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation with one of our experienced workers' compensation lawyers! Confidential or sensitive information you provide to our legal team is kept private through an attorney-client relationship.

Our lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, so you don't have to pay us unless we win your case.


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