Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers in Illinois
According to long-term employment projections released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security in 2012, there are almost 6.2 million industrial workers in the state, with the expectation that industrial professions will gain another 500,000 workers before 2022.
There are about 200,000 workplace injuries reported every year in Illinois, but fewer than 50,000 of these injuries result in considerable lost time and lost wages. In 2013, there were roughly 42,500 new cases filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
We appreciate the medical and economic impact a work-related injury has on both the individual and his family. We are firmly committed to seeing that every person injured at work in Illinois receives the maximum benefits that the law provides for. If you or a family member suffered a work-related injury or accident, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free analysis of your legal rights and options.
Illinois Remains an Industrial Hub and Home to a Diverse Group of Workers
Located at the center of the country, Illinois is an industry behemoth and major transportation hub. This invites millions of industrial jobs to the State and while many of these jobs bolster the state economy, they also pose specific safety risks to employees. According to 2016 data, Illinois gross state product was $792 billion comprised significantly by the following industries:
- Food Processing
- Electrical Equipment
- Food Processing
- Chemical Products
- Fabricated Metals
- Transportation Equipment
As long-standing advocates of worker rights, our law firm has experience representing people injured in the industries above as well as other prominent industries such as construction and manufacturing.
From the time that you retain our office, you can rest assured that we are committed to seeing your case through to a successful resolution. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing the rights of injured workers at the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission as well as civil courthouses throughout the state.
Below are a sampling of cities in Illinois where we have assisted clients’ with their work-related injury cases.
- Aurora: With nearly 200,000 residents and a geographic presence in Kane, Will and DuPage Counties, Aurora remains one of the more robust economies in Illinois. Major employers in the area include: Aurora School District, Caterpillar, Fox Valley Park District, Wabaunsee Community College, City of Aurora, Rush-Copley Medical Center, LTD Commodities, Provena Mercy Medical Center and Hollywood Casino.
- Champaign: Champaign boats an educated workforce and a very reasonable cost of living. It’s no wonder that industries are heading to Southern Illinois to establish their headquarters and factories. Among the companies with a significant presence in Champaign, IL include agriculture, technology and education (University of Illinois). A number of fortune 500 companies have also honed in on the area including: Kraft, FedEx, Monsanto, ADM and UPS to name a few.
- Chicago: Located in the center of the country, Chicago has been and remains the epicenter of industries involved in transportation, finance and food processing. The robust Chicago economy produces nearly $550 billion worth of goods and services each year, making the city the world’s 21st largest economy. Among the largest employers in the Chicagoland area include: Walgreens, Chicago Public Schools, Boeing, AT & T, Jewel-Osco, American Airlines, Chicago Archdiocese and JP Morgan Chase.
- Cicero: While the geographic size of Cicero has shrunken considerably from its original boundaries, the city retains its original working-class population. Manufacturing remains a driving force in the local economy with more than 150 factories producing goods in the area including: communications equipment, steel, cable, tool & die casting and commercial equipment.
- Decatur: A reasonable cost of living and good wages contribute to a large number of manufacturing, processing and service jobs centered in Decatur. Among Decatur’s larger employers: ADM, Illinois Power Company, American River Transportation, Illinova Corporation and Morgan Distributing.
- Elgin: A robust economy has propelled Elgin into the number one slot for new home construction in Illinois and number two on the state’s list of residential closings. Elgin’s prosperity can be traced to a revitalization of the downtown area and the presence of the Grand Victoria Casino, which has pumped over $100M back into the economy. Major employers in the area include: medical products manufacturing, chemical companies, metal fabricators and food processing.
- Joliet: Located approximately 30 miles South of Chicago, Joliet is the third largest city in Illinois. While times have not always been kind to the people of Joliet from an economic perspective (an unemployment rate of over 25% in the 1980’s), the area is transforming itself from a steel-manufacturing town into a service-based economy. Joliet’s larger employers remain: Harrah’s Casino, Presence St. Joseph’s medical center, Silver Cross Hospital, Ikea, Joliet Public Schools, Filtration Group and Hollywood Casino.
- Naperville: For good reason, people flock to Naperville to live and raise families. The city consistently ranks amount the top cities to live in the nation when it comes to salaries, community safety and education. Primary employers in the area include: Edward Hospital, Nicor, Indian Prairie School District, BP and Tellabs.
- Peoria: Agriculture has been and will likely remain a primary industry in Peoria. The area’s natural geography—with fertile soil and robust coal reserves will likely be the basis for the areas employers for the foreseeable future. Today the major employers in the areas are: Caterpillar, St. Francis Medical Center, and Methodist Medical Center. School District 150, Keystone Steel and Wire, AES Great Plains and Komatsu.
- Rockford: Located in Northern, Illinois, Rockford is centrally located for industries serving Chicago, Milwaukee and beyond. While Rockford can trace its industry to furniture manufacturing, the area has broadened its economic base to industries including: aerospace, automotive, logistics, healthcare, food processing and customer service call centers.
- Schaumburg: Understandably, people living in Schaumburg are generally satisfied with their quality of life giving the areas overall wealth. A median household income of over $74,000, puts Schaumburg ahead of almost all cities that it shares boundaries with. According the village data, the largest employers in the area are: Woodfield Mall, Zurich Insurance, School District 54, Motorola and Optum RX.
- Springfield: Forbes ranks Springfield, IL as the number one place in the U.S. to do business. As the state’s capital, Springfield has the infrastructure—in terms of highways, railroads and air transportation-- for businesses to take advantage of the warm business climate.
- Waukegan: Once considered a city abandoned by industries, which has polluted Waukegan’s beautiful lakefront, the city is now making a comeback. As Waukegan cleans up its harbor and beaches, the city is attracting more residents and industry. Major employers in the area now include: Abbott, Abbvie, Baxter, CDW, Mondelez, Packaging Company of America, Vista Health and Grainger.
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