The shipping and transportation industry is considered by many to be the backbone of American production and sales. Manufacturers would be unable to receive the supplies they need to create products and consumers would be unable to purchase the goods they need if there were no means for manufacturers to transport products to stores and doorsteps. Shipping and trucking employees are regularly exposed to machinery and materials that pose the risk of injury and the Chicago workplace injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to ensuring that these workers receive the full amount of compensation they are entitled to under Illinois' workers compensation law so that they can focus on their physical recoveries without the stress of meeting added financial responsibilities.
The Causes of Shipping and Trucking Accidents and Injuries
Every shipping and transportation worker plays a small role in a large process that moves an endless amount of supplies and products throughout the country. Illinois serves as a central hub through which materials and mail moves when traveling from one part of the country to another. Millions of shipments are processed each day in the Midwest alone. Shipping workers and truck drivers are required to operate near powerful machinery and move heavy objects on a routine basis.
Following are some of the ways in which these workers may become injured.
- Overexertion or repetitive use injuries— when workers are required to lift heavy boxes or materials on a routine basis, it is easy for a worker to perform a lift in the wrong manner. This may result in injuries to the back that require extensive medical treatment and physical therapy to recover from. Lifting objects repeatedly for a long period of time may also result in joint or tissue damage over the course of years that impacts the worker’s quality of life and ability to continue working.
- Accidents involving machinery— many shipping facilities move product through intricate conveyor belt systems and it is possible for workers to be injured when operating machinery or getting limbs or digits caught between pinch points. The injuries can vary in severity from contusions to broken bones or permanent disfigurement.
- Trucking accidents— truck drivers may be injured if they are involved in an accident or if they are riding along with another employee. Since many truck drivers travel into and out of the state, there may be confusion about which state the worker’s compensation claim may be filed in. If you are employed in the State of Illinois, you may file your claim in state. Since Illinois is one of the most favorable states in the country toward workers, it is advisable to do so.
- Falling objects— workers struck by falling objects may suffer injuries to the face, neck and brain. Traumatic brain injuries are very serious because they often go undiagnosed due to a lack of definitive symptoms in the hours following the injury. Tears within the brain resulting from sudden trauma can fill with fluid and cause extensive neurological damage that is felt weeks or months later.
Why to Seek Legal Representation Following an Illinois Trucking or Shipping Accident
Over 85% of workers who are injured seek legal advice before preparing their claims. This is due to an extensive history of efforts by companies to deny employees benefits or to trick them into accepting settlements that are not in their best interests. All Illinois companies are required to maintain workers compensation insurance that will cover the cost of workers’ benefits in the event they are injured. Their claims may not be declined, even in the event that their accident was their own fault.
You are entitled to see the doctor of your choice and to recover the full cost of your medical treatment from your employer. In addition, if your injury prevents you from being able to return to work, you may receive two-thirds of your average salary during your recovery period. Additional benefits are available if your injury has resulted in a permanent disability. Should your employee withhold your benefits or attempt to deprive you of your rights, you may seek punitive damages in addition to what you are already entitled.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading personal injury law firm that has provided award winning legal services to countless employees following their debilitating injuries. We understand all of the laws that apply to your case and are able to use multiple legal avenues to recover the compensation you are entitled to so that your physical recovery does not become a financial burden.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified Chicago workplace injury attorneys. We will gather all of the information we need to evaluate your claim and review your legal rights and options with you so that you know what you can expect from the process. Our services are rendered on a contingency basis, which means that if we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.