Chicago Workplace Injury Lawyer
Klest Injury Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience helping the victims of workplace injuries. With offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, work-related injury lawyer Joseph Klest helps clients in Illinois and across the country. If you have been injured in the workplace due to dangerous or defective machinery, a construction accident, or a dangerous work environment, we can help you.
As an experienced Chicago workplace injury lawyer, Joseph Klest knows the impact that being unable to work can have on you and your family. He understands the anxiety of mounting medical bills and other expenses coupled with a cut in income. That is why he is committed to obtaining the maximum amount of compensation possible to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Causes of Workplace Injuries
On the job injuries have a variety of causes, ranging from OSHA violations to dangerous products (defective tools and faulty machinery). Some of the more frequent causes include the following:
- OSHA violations
- Unsafe construction sites
- Improper scaffolding
- Defective machinery
- Improper safety devices
- Missing safety devices
- Chemical exposure
- Negligent operation
- Faulty industrial equipment
- Insufficient safety training
Third-Party Liability Claims
There may be more than one avenue of recovery for the injured worker. A workplace injury can trigger claims against both the employer and any potentially liable third party. Third-party claims have the benefit of giving an injured person a broader range of recovery, including money for pain and suffering. Klest Injury Law Firm handles all aspects of workplace-related injuries including workers' compensation claims in front of the Illinois Industrial Commission.
The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act protects injured workers in the state of Illinois. Any Illinois employee that has been injured qualifies for workers' compensation benefits. The law allows any injured worker to bring a claim at the Illinois Industrial Commission for certain benefits. Under the act, an injured employee is entitled to:
- Medical care for the injury suffered
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) equal to two thirds the employees average weekly wage while he or she is recovering from the injury
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits where an employee has suffered a permanent disability or disfigurement
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) for an employee who is rendered permanently unable to work
- Death benefits for surviving family members
Under Illinois law, the employer is responsible for paying workers' compensation benefits. Most employers carry workers' compensation insurance to handle claims. A Chicago workers' compensation attorney can help an injured worker negotiate with the insurance carrier and navigate the complexities of the applicable law to maximize compensation recovery.