Articles Posted in Workers’ Compensation

The Winter weather season in Illinois and across the country raises the danger level for employees on the job.

Besides, the usual dangers, they now need to worry about a workplace slip that happens in poor weather conditions, whether on sidewalks or in parking lots.

Regardless of whether anyone can be held liable, an injured employee may receive financial compensation depending on when the injury happened without needing to prove liability.

If you are ever involved in a car accident or truck accident, then you may not know that it could be covered by workers compensation and allow you access to workers compensation benefits.

Access to workers compensation benefits is important because it could provide relief for the true cost of any car accident including medical expenses, property damage, personal injury, lost wages, and related losses.

However, before you try to seek damages in a workers compensation claim after a car accident, it is important to figure out if your case will be viable in the first place.

Punch Press Injuries

Punch press accidents are some of the most common types of injuries impacting factory workers.

A punch press is used in factories and industrial settings to punch holes in materials. The press must be strong enough to punch holes through metal and iron.

The machine operates with an incredible amount of force and, as a result can be dangerous for operators and those in the vicinity.

Did you get injured in a work-related accident or lose a loved one through a wrongful death caused by another’s negligence? Are you waiting for your workers’ compensation benefits payments to begin?

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys represent injured workers to ensure they receive maximum workers’ compensation benefits and other monetary recovery opportunities when possible.

Call our workers’ compensation lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today to schedule an initial consultation.

Safety Violations Involving Grain Bin Accidents on Farms

When a person is seriously injured or killed in a grain bin fall or accident, OSHA Investigates.

Grain silos, or bins, are commonly found on farms throughout the country. In the Midwest, in states like Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana, these large structures dot the landscape.

These are large cylinders that are used for grain storage and to hold other crops. These are found on both commercial farms and family farms.

Tractor Injuries on Agricultural FarmsTractor accidents are the leading cause of farm accidents and deaths on farms. Even when an employee survives the accident, they are left with serious injuries. The most common fatal injuries occur when the tractor rolls over and overturns.

Farm-related injuries can be devastating for both the affected employee and their family members. Even more tragically, tractor injuries tend to disproportionately affect younger workers.

Agricultural Workers Fatality Statistics

Forlikft Truck Accident InjuriesForklift accidents are one of the more common possible violations reported to OSHA. This is in part because everyone working in the vicinity of the forklift may be in danger. In fact, the lesson that we learn from reviewing Occupational Safety and Health Administration accident investigation reports is of the wide variety of injuries that are suffered in this type of accident.

Both the forklift operator and their co-workers may be in jeopardy when these types of powered industrial trucks are being operated.

Department of Labor Forklift Accident Data

Workers' Comp Claims for Overuse InjuriesIn Illinois, workers’ compensations do not have to involve work accidents. Any type of work injury can result in compensation so long as you can prove that it happened on the job. This could include injuries from repetitive motion that you perform on the job.

Thus, not only can factory workers and construction laborers receive workers’ compensation, when they are injured while working but office workers may be eligible for it too.

The Causes of Repetitive Motion Injuries

Illinois Workers' Compensation Law Applies for Out-of-State WorkersMany people who work in Illinois do not live in the state. Alternatively, some Illinois residents will travel to Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri for work each day.

When these workers are injured, there is some question as to where they can claim workers’ compensation. The good news for them is that they can receive benefits so long as they figure out the right state in which to file.

Workers Compensation Claims Involving an Out-of-State Worker

Amazon Workers and Documents More horrific news concerning Amazon workers has gained national attention in April 2018 since the nonprofit advocacy group National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) added Amazon warehouses to their “dirty dozen” list of America’s most dangerous workplaces. Amazon was given the title after developing a pattern of hazardous work conditions that tend to place efficiency and productivity over safety and employee livelihood. NCOSH spokesperson Marcie Goldstein-Gelb released a statement saying “this year, [we] will identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures.”

Unfortunately, their bad workplace practices are nothing new. Almost from the start, they have been known to focus most of their attention on fulfilling hundreds of thousands of orders quickly often at the cost of employee safety, who must do their jobs in unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses nationwide. A spokesperson for Amazon has responded by saying “we are proud of [the] safety record and thousands of Amazonians work hard every day innovating ways to make it even better.” The group released to report showing that Amazon had “a disturbing pattern of preventable deaths” were seven employees have died in Amazon warehouses since 2013. The report stated that “Amazon workers suffered injuries and sometimes lose their lives in a work environment with a relentless demand to fill orders and close monitoring of employee actions.”

The seven deaths involved various crashes in accidents. Two employees were crushed to death by warehouse forklifts, and another died after being run over by a truck. A fourth employee died in an accident involving an SUV driver, and another worker died of a fatal heart-associated incident that occurred while working overnight. The sixth employee was crushed to death by a pallet loader, and the seventh employee was crushed by an Amazon conveyor belt.