Your wife and young children count on you being able to work to make ends meet. As a construction worker, you go to work each day knowing that you are at an increased risk for being injured because of an accident. Have you ever thought of what would happen to your family if you were injured? Would you be able to keep a roof over your head, your utilities on and food on the table? In many cases, filing a workers' compensation claim can help you to make ends meet. Here are three points that you should know about injuries at construction sites and compensation afterward.
Illinois readers may have heard about a collapse at an out-of-state industrial building has left investigators for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with conflicting witness reports. At present, no one is sure whether the collapse sounded like an explosion, or there was an explosion before the building came down. It appears that, either way, it was a work-related injury waiting to happen.
Safety gear is a necessity, not a luxury for many industrial workers. When individuals are tasked with working in dangerous areas, amongst toxic chemicals, near fire, while carrying heavy objects and under other hazardous circumstances, being outfitted with the right protective equipment can mean the difference between life and death.
It is important to understand that those workers who are unfortunate enough to be involved in industrial accidents often suffer more than just back sprains, muscle pulls or neck strains. This is not to say that these types of work injuries aren't incredibly debilitating or capable of causing an injured worker considerable problems, rather it's simply a recognition of just how truly horrific and life-altering industrial accidents can be.
According to the Handbook on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Committee, work comp benefits are available for any accidents "that arise out of and in the course of employment."
At the Law Offices of Millon and Peskin, few things are more frustrating than learning about an injured worker who has not received the help they need for their injuries. As experts in workers’ compensation, we know how vital these benefits are for preserving the health, wellness, and financial stability of those who have been hurt or sickened at work. But often, without professional legal assistance, their claims are denied or their benefits insufficient. When an injured worker does not obtain the legal help he or she requires, we ask ourselves, “Why?” And we try to understand what we could have done to ensure more of these workers are getting the help they deserve. Though the causes can be number and complex, often such workers fail to seek assistance due to three main areas of concern:
For an injured worker seeking to win their workers’ compensation claim, having an attorney is often the best tool at their disposal. However, it’s not just important to have an attorney, but to have the best attorney most suited to your needs. Finding such an attorney requires asking important questions of any you are considering hiring. Previously, in part one of this article, we discussed some basic questions involving background and experience. In this section, we will explore both practical and philosophical concerns you should discuss when interviewing an attorney. Remember: researching and screening all potential legal representatives will better ensure the success of your case.
If you’ve been injured at work, you have probably learned the hard way that receiving the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve will be difficult. As a result, you’ve probably realized fairly quickly that you need the assistance of an attorney. Having legal representation greatly increases your chances of winning your claim for benefits. But knowing you need an attorney is just the first step. The second, and most important step, is choosing the attorney most qualified to represent you. Just because a lawyer is willing to take your case does not mean he or she is the best fit for your needs. Therefore, it’s vital when considering an attorney to ask some important questions.
If you stop to think of the many ways we have to communicate with others, it can be staggering to realize how much this ability has grown over just a few decades. Not so long ago, tiny, pocket-size communication devices were literally a thing of science fiction. Today, a person who doesn’t have a cell phone is considered unusual. Those who once had to wait days or weeks to receive news of loved ones, now just log on to a social media site or blog. Why wait in line to talk to a representative at your bank when you can chat with them online instantly from your couch? And yet, it almost feels like the more ways we have to connect, the less communicating we actually do. Or perhaps it’s simply that with so many ways to easily reach out to others, someone’s failure to do so becomes even more apparent and frustrating.
Many injured workers struggle to receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. As a result, many seek assistance from an attorney who can fight for their rights. But how do you know which lawyer you should choose to represent you? To better ensure your success, look for these five qualities when choosing your workers’ compensation attorney.