Janitorial Worker Accident & Chicago, IL Workers Comp Lawyers
Are you a janitor or maintenance staff worker? You know it is a difficult job. Not only is your job physically demanding, but it can also be hazardous. You never know when something might go wrong, and you could end up with a workplace injury that keeps you from being able to work.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help protect you if something does happen while on the job.
Our Chicago workers' compensation lawyers will work to get you the benefits and compensation that you deserve so that you can focus on healing and getting back to work as soon as possible.
Janitorial workers, custodians, and junior custodians in the cleaning industry typically work in commercial establishments, including office buildings, retail stores, foodservice operations, medical facilities, and manufacturing/industrial plants.
They ensure that the building remains clean and orderly by providing various duties. In addition to performing routine inspections, the janitorial worker usually documents inspections, and any maintenance activity carried out during their shift.
Janitor and Maintenance Staff Workers Statistics
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) - Division of Safety and Hygiene Statistics, janitorial employees and maintenance staff workers make up 2.8% of all reported on-the-job fatalities. There were 1,816 fatalities reported in 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Common Janitorial Workers Hazards
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Many of the cleaning chemicals and cleaning solutions used in janitorial services are hazardous chemicals that can harm the user
- Electrical shock injuries arising from power tools
- Slip and fall accidents due to floor strippers
- Exposure to blood-borne pathogens such as the Hepatitis B virus can result in serious liver disease
- Garbage and trash collected from medical environments that could contain bloodstained needles with the possibility of causing Human Immune Virus disease
- Exposure to lead in manufacturing plants
- An injury due to repetitive motions
Work-related Injuries Affecting Janitors
- Muscle and joint strain
- Posture problems
- Cuts and abrasions
- Back injuries (and other musculoskeletal injuries)
Electrical Equipment That Can Cause Harm to Janitors
- Electric lawn mower
- Electric drill
- Portable generator
- Vacuum cleaners
- Electric fan or heater
- Floor buffers
Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Position on Worker Safety
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. These safety factors include properly maintaining any equipment used by workers.
How to File a Janitorial Workers Compensation Claim
- Notify your employer immediately after the workplace accident.
- If you are unable to perform janitorial work or other relevant job duties for more than seven days after the workplace accident, you are required by law to file an official claim with your employer. You can fill out this form on your own, or you can hire a janitor's workplace injury lawyer to do it for you.
- Once the claim is submitted, an insurance adjuster will contact you and possibly your employer as well.
- The insurance company will make you an offer that you can accept or decline, but do not sign anything without discussing it with your workers' compensation attorney.
- If you accept the settlement, your attorney and the insurance company will resolve the case.
Our workers' compensation benefits attorneys have helped many janitorial employees recover compensation. They can also fight for your lost wages due to your workplace accident. Call us at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation to facilitate a workers' compensation claim.
What a Janitor Must Prove in a Workers' Compensation Claim
- His employer is negligent
- The negligence of his employer caused him to be injured
- He was injured while performing a job-related duty
- His injury prevents him from performing his job in the same capacity as before he was injured
What Rights Do You Have Through Workers Compensation?
- Injured janitorial employees can choose their health care provider, but this has to be agreed upon by the insurance company.
- An injured worker can have a representative of their choosing representing them during the claim process.
- There is a maximum time limit of 14 days for the insurance company to accept or decline a claim.
- A physicians' fee schedule covers the cost of reasonable and necessary medical treatment.
- Medical treatments are paid for by the insurance company but are not paid in full immediately.
- The insurance company pays for medical treatments, but only to the extent that the injury, illness, or disease is related to a workplace accident and not to a pre-existing condition.
- The insurance company can require an additional medical examination if they feel it is necessary.
- The injured worker is entitled to wage replacement benefits which are usually two-thirds of their average weekly wages, up to a maximum of $500 per week for 3 years from the date of injury.
- The insurance company is required to decide on a claim within 14 days of receiving medical bills and records.
- If a claim has been accepted, injured workers can sue for additional benefits in civil court if the insurance company fails to treat them fairly.
Custodial workers can file workers' compensation benefits if they have a job-related injury. Our attorneys can help you recover compensation and get back to work.
Hiring A Chicago Janitorial Workers Compensation & Injury Law Firm
Our law firm provides a free case evaluation with no upfront costs to you. We accept all claims through contingency fee agreements. It is a no-obligation consultation that postpones legal fees until the law firm has successfully resolved your case.
Contact us at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our Chicago, Illinois legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
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