Rockford Workers' Compensation Lawyer
The loss of a loved one can have a drastic impact on those who are left behind and who need to adjust to life without the companionship and resources provided by the deceased.
The Rockford wrongful death attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help your family recover fair compensation for those losses if your loved one died due to someone else's actions and to resolve any disputes regarding how benefits should be distributed among the family members left behind so that you can finally begin to move forward with your life without wondering how you are going to make ends meet without your loved one's financial contributions.
Workplace Accidents among Top Causes of Death in the United States
According to the National Safety Council, Americans under the age of forty-two are more likely to die from an accident than any other cause of death. Of all age groups, accidents are still among the top five causes of death.
When irresponsible behavior contributes to an accident, it is reasonable to expect the person or company that is responsible will be held accountable. Some examples of accidents that may result from negligence include medical malpractice, car accidents, drowning, fires, prescription errors, choking, and poisoning.
If we can show that your loved one's death was due to the negligence of others, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you need through legal representation to replace his or her income. The funds you receive could help you recoup the cost of a funeral and to cover the value of the pain and suffering your loved one, you and your family have endured.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to file a claim against an employer, business, or individual found responsible for your loved one's death. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable.
Types of Rockford Wrongful Death Claims
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, it is worth looking at your legal options to determine whether you have a claim based on Illinois law and provable legal issues. The following are some examples of claims we have recovered benefits through our employees' insurance company through worker's compensation claims.
- Fatal injuries caused by car or truck wrecks involving distracted or reckless drivers
- Motorcycle accidents, including those where a passenger was killed due to the actions of another motorist or the person controlling the bike
- Poisoning due to hazardous materials like lead, corrosive chemicals, or toxic compounds
- Pedestrian accidents involving distracted, drunk or reckless drivers
- Medical negligence that leads to fatal injuries
- Product liability claims resulting from defective devices or machinery.
- Vicious dog bites that lead to the death of the victim.
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
- Workplace injuries while on job sites such as excavation or construction sites
- Electrocution, explosions, or fires
You should always investigate if a loved one has been killed in work-related injuries so that you can understand precisely why he or she died and whether another person or company contributed. If you can prove negligence, you might be able to recoup the potential wages your loved one would have brought home over a lifetime, the cost of funeral services, and more.
Determining Who Should File Your Rockford Wrongful Death Claim
Are you confused if you or your family have the legal right to bring a lawsuit or a disagreement? Are you not sure who has the right to certain benefits? It may not always be easy to determine who is best suited to file the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. Logically, the decedent's spouse likely has the right to file a personal injury case. However, if the victim was not married, this right could defer to the parents, children, or siblings of the victim.
There are rare occasions where family members may disagree on legal strategies or how the benefits recovered should be split among the family. When this is the case, it is essential to know your rights and have someone on your side who is qualified to protect your interests and rights.
Since wrongful death claims are valued based both on economic factors and emotional or mental anguish and the victim's pain and suffering, it could be possible to recover a considerable amount of damages, meaning that there would be plenty available for everyone's needs.
All necessary paperwork for comp benefits or wrongful death lawsuit must be filed in the appropriate county courthouse before the Illinois statute of limitations expires. The courthouse is located at:
Winnebago County Courthouse
400 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
An Illinois injured worker attorney working on your behalf understands the rules and regulations surrounding the workers' compensation system and Illinois workers' compensation commission. The lawyer's efforts can ensure you receive adequate compensation for your Social Security disability, permanent disability, and other legal issues.
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.
The Settlement of Disputes over Benefits Following a Wrongful Death Settlement
If there is an extended battle over how compensation should be distributed to family members after a judgment or settlement, the presiding judge will make the final decision regarding how the benefits will be distributed after a special hearing.
Our Rockford wrongful death lawyers can help you negotiate before this becomes a necessity and to protect your interests if it needs to go this far.
Hiring a Rockford Workers' Compensation Injury Lawyer
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a leading law firm in Illinois and has helped thousands of families secure the compensation they needed to make ends meet after the loss of a loved one. This compensation recovers extensive medical bills, funeral costs, and burial expenses. If your loved one died in an accident that could have been prevented, we would like the opportunity to help you.
Contact us today so that we can connect you with an award-winning Rockford Illinois workers' compensation benefits attorney who will review your case in-depth and let you know more about your legal injury claim. We work solely on contingency, so you are guaranteed we will never charge you upfront for our services and will only accept payment once we have secured Illinois workers' compensation on your behalf. We look forward to serving your needs.
Visit a Chicago workers' compensation lawyer, or visit that page, for more information on our law office locations, receiving immediate legal advice, our practice areas, permanent disability benefits, obtaining Social Security disability workers' compensation benefits, and applying to the Illinois workers' compensation commission. We have a comprehensive understanding of the Illinois workers' compensation system and can file a comp claim on your behalf.