Americans spend more time than anyone at work. Therefore, it is not surprising that we also are one of the leaders in workplace injuries. From railroads to boats, factories and construction sites, jobs are incredibly complicated and dangerous environments. Employees face numerous risks and those often manifest into broken bones, herniated discs, and other injuries including death.
These are the hard truths we have realized after working with and representing workers hurt on the job. Outside of these realities, however, is the plain truth that, if hurt, you will really only care about obtaining relief: compensation. The peculiar processes and jurisdictional justifications are irrelevant to your need for recovery so that you can pay medical bills, make up for lost wages, and account for other losses.
This is where we enter the scene. We can help you navigate the rough waters of workplace injury litigation. Towards that end, we have assembled some information below for your review. It outlines past cases and statistics to give you a feel for common outcomes. However, it should not be taken as completely predictive of your circumstances. All cases are different and you should speak with us to understand the entire value of your case.
Governing Laws for Accidents at Work
Workplace injury lawsuits can be brought under state of federal law. The most common federal actions are brought pursuant to the Federal Employers Liability Act but state actions can come under any number of state statutes. The general premise of either is that the employer fostered a dangerous environment and that conduct or inaction led to a worker’s injury.
However, prospective plaintiffs must be able to point to specific damages. They cannot bring a suit for a mere injury that did not translate into any economic or non-economic loss. Yet, once they prove some damage, plaintiffs can recover for all losses associated with the accident.
Statistical Overview of Job-Related Accidents
Here are some relevant statistics to give you a sense of the important of workplace injury litigation in Illinois:
- There are approximately 150,000,000 people in the American workforce.
- Every year, more than 4 million workers are injured on the job.
- Just in 2012, nearly 5,000 people died while working.
- Workplace injuries and deaths cost the American economy almost $200 billion per year.
- Injuries cost workers nearly $50,000 on average per incident.
See more: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/
While a general overview is important and statistics are useful, the best signpost is to follow the paths of similar outcomes with similar injuries. Therefore, in the following sections, we grouped cases by the type of environment in which they occurred.