Naperville Workers' Compensation Lawyers
As is the case with most of Chicago's suburbs, the local industry fueled Naperville's growth for decades. Today, many of the companies that have called Naperville home during its development continue to employ thousands of workers. When any of their workers were injured on the job, they turned to the dedicated Naperville workers compensation attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to protect their rights and represent their interests.
Our successful track record and many years of experience handling Illinois worker's compensation claims and employer negligence lawsuits have made us one of the most trusted law firms in the state. We are confident that we can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Were you or a family member injured on the job? Do you need a Naperville, IL workers compensation lawyer? If so, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today for a free consultation.
Naperville's Industrial History
Once Naperville became a part of the Illinois Technology, and Research Corridor, its reputation as an industrial town began to fade. Still, industries have been an essential part of the city's growth.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it welcomed numerous large industrial companies in addition to the notorious tech giants that helped bolster the city's economy with white-collar work. The industrial giants that contributed to its growth include Kraft Foods, Amoco, and ConAgra. Nicor is also one of the city's largest employers, offering jobs to over 3,700 workers.
Among the current industrial companies that still call Naperville home are Nalco, BP America, Kraft Foods, Laidlaw, and ConAgra Foods. Nalco, BP America, and Nicor all specialize in the transportation and sale of hazardous or flammable materials, and their employees are at a higher risk of being seriously injured than those working in other professions.
A Chicago workers' compensation lawyer understands that injuries from exposure to harmful chemicals represent only four percent of all reported workplace accidents each year, but are responsible for fourteen percent of all fatalities.
How Simple Mistakes Result in Serious Injury
Many workplace accidents are due to the failure of an employee or employer to act safely, but in most cases, the negligence is not intentional. When working around heavy machinery or hazardous materials, one mistake can spell doom for multiple workers.
Some of the types of accidents that our Naperville workplace accident lawyers encounter include the following.
- Chemical burns. Contact with corrosive or reactive materials can cause severe damage to the skin and underlying tissue. Nerve damage can also result, and victims are often disfigured or left with unsightly marks and scars.
- Explosions. Utility work can be hazardous when safety precautions are ignored, or workers do not follow the proper steps before digging near power or gas lines. One worker's error can impact the lives of every worker in the area and even claim lives.
- Inhalation of toxic vapors. Exposure to chemicals over a prolonged period can harm a worker's health, especially if he or she has inhaled toxic vapors over that timeframe. It may take years of exposure for a worker to become ill or experience medical complications. Still, those who are injured due to their work environment are entitled to recover compensation for their ensuing medical treatment.
- Contact with machinery or tools. It is vital that workers in industrial settings are always aware of their surroundings and that those who are operating machinery are aware of where their coworkers are always located to prevent accidents.
The Anatomy of a Naperville Workers' Compensation Claim
Were you injured in a workplace accident? If so, the process of filing a workers' compensation claim may seem daunting or frustrating in dealing directly with legal issues to obtain disability benefits.
There are many myths about the process that dissuade people who have been injured from seeking the full amount of compensation they are entitled to receive. However, our Naperville workers' compensation attorneys can help you understand your rights clearly to ensure you are adequately compensated.
The following lists your guaranteed rights by state law, regardless of who was at fault for your work injuries.
- You can receive coverage for the cost of your medical treatment, regardless of whether you seek treatment from your doctor or your employer's recommended medical professional. Employers' insurance companies will often try to prevent you from seeking an opinion from your doctor or obtaining care outside of an insurance company's network. You can make your own decisions and handle your personal injury case, including receiving care from the medical professionals of your choosing.
- The Compensation Act ensures you receive financial compensation to cover sixty-seven percent of your wages during your time off work. If your workplace injury results in a permanent disability, you qualify to receive additional benefits as a lump sum payment, and the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission has set up a fund to cover the cost of inflation and cost of living increases. You might also likely qualify to receive benefits through the United States Social Security system to pay benefits and cover your medical expenses.
- The right to investigate the cause of the accident and file a claim against your employer if you feel that your employer acted recklessly failed to abide by safety laws or did not provide you with equipment that could have prevented the accident.
All claims are submitted to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. If you are unable to agree with your employer, the IWCC will act as an arbitrator. Hearings for the Naperville area are held at the Wheaton site, which is located at:
DuPage Government Center
421 N. County Farm Road
I-500A JTK Building
Wheaton, IL 60187
Less than One in Four Injured Illinois Workers Filed for Compensation
Annually, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission releases detailed workplace injury statistics that identify benefits paid out to injured employees statewide. The most recent statistics, published in 2017, indicate that there were nearly 200,000 accidents on the job in Illinois. However, less than one out of four claims were filed with the Commission.
The major take away of this discrepancy in the number of claims filed compared to those that could have been filed reveals that many injured workers never receive the benefits they deserved. Of those who did file a claim, approximately 90% settled for an acceptable amount. The final 10% resulted in denial by an arbitrator working on behalf of the Commission.
About half of all injured workers denied benefits filed an appeal. Of these, about 40% reached settlements, and the final 10% were denied benefits again. Nearly one-third of all workers' compensation claims were filed in the state in 2017 were submitted in Cook County (Chicago).
The Commission statistics revealed that the top leading causes of job-related injuries that did not result in a wrongful death happened through a:
- Slip, trip, or fall
- Contact with a piece of equipment or object
- Workplace violence
- Harmful toxic or environmental condition exposure
- Car, truck or heavy equipment collision
The leading industries involving Illinois worker's compensation benefits happened in various occupations for the government, manufacturing, natural mining and resources, construction, and services.
Why a Naperville Workers Compensation Attorney can Help Stack the Odds in Your Favor of a Good Recovery
Roughly eighty-six percent of all workers filing claims in the State of Illinois obtain legal representation before filing their paperwork. The primary reason for this is to ensure that the injured workers are being treated fairly and have access to all the benefits allowed under state law.
Some employers or insurance companies will make illegal attempts to delay payments or deceive workers into accepting settlements that are not in their best interests. They are far less likely to attempt these tactics when a lawyer represents you because they will be required to provide additional compensation as a punitive measure if they are caught.
Naperville Workers Compensation Attorney
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC also provides clients with access to the most qualified medical specialists in the state so that you can receive the medical treatment and rehabilitative therapy that you need to accelerate your physical recovery.
These same medical experts can be called on to testify and will be able to support the value of your case to the court. To learn more about how we can maximize your claim, contact us to arrange a free consultation.
If you cannot meet with us at one of our offices, we would be happy to come to you. Your consultation will come with no obligation, and our Naperville workers comp lawyers will never accept payment until we have successfully secured compensation on your behalf. Click here immediate legal advice and for more information on our personal injury attorneys' practice areas, law office locations, and resolving workers' compensation cases.