Workplace Injury Attorney for Cook, Kane, Will & DuPage Counties

Workers' Compensation Lawyer for Joliet, Oak Brook, Cicero & Chicago Suburbs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the U.S. Department of Labor publishes statistics annually showing workplace injuries and fatalities nationally and state specific. The BLS considers an injury workplace related if exposure in the work environment caused or contributed to the "injury" or "significantly aggravated" a pre-existing condition.
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has published reports showing 2012 workplace injuries and fatalities:
 
  • Nearly 3.0 million nonfatal workplace injuries/illnesses in private industry nationwide
  • Nationwide fatal work injuries 4,628 which translates as 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers
  • Fatal Work injuries in Illinois - 145

 Illinois Workplace Injuries

Of the 145  2012 fatal work injuries occurring in Illinois, 52 involved transportation incidents, 32 were the result of violence and other injuries caused by animals or other people and 24 deaths were a result of falls, slips and trips.  These three areas accounted for 75 percent of the workplace deaths in 2012. 

When compared nationally to the 2012 workplace fatality categories, Illinois experienced slightly fewer fatality incidents in the transportation and the "contact with objects and equipment" areas while reporting proportionately more fatalities in the general categories of "violence and other injuries by animals or other people",  "falls, slips, trips" and miscellaneous.  According to the BLS "Construction had the highest count of fatal injuries nationwide in 2012, but agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors had the highest fatal work injury rate."
 

Workplace Injuries are Not Unusual

As you can see from the above statistics, workplace injuries are, unfortunately, very common.  If you have been injured as a result of a workplace event?  This injury could be a sudden traumatic event or it may have been caused by a repetitive motion over a number of years.  Whatever the cause, if your injury has occurred as a result of exposure in the work environment or the workplace environment contributed to the "injury" or "significantly aggravated" a pre-existing condition, you need to consult a Workers' Compensation Attorney.

If you were injured in an automobile accident while performing duties that were work related, if you suffered an injury as a result of a fall at work, if, after years of performing the same work activity using the same motions, you suffer a repetitive motion injury - consult Attorney Tim Henderson, an experienced workmen's compensation attorney.
 
 A workplace related injury should entitle the injured party to coverage under Illinois' Workers' Compensation Law.  An attorney who specializes in Worker's Compensation can help ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.  Workers' Comp Attorney Tim Henderson will work hard to make sure you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled.  He will make sure that your rights are protected and he will guide you through the process step-by-step.
 

Important Workers' Compensation Steps to Follow

There are several "first steps" when filing through workers' compensation in the state of Illinois:
 
  • It is important to report your injury as soon as possible.  You will need to document when and how the injury occurred. Be sure that you report the incident to your supervisor or boss.  In Illinois you are given 45 days in which to report your accident or injury.
  • Consult a physician so that you will have medical documentation of the injury
  • You must file an "Application for Adjustment of Claim" form with the Illinois Industrial Commission.
  • You may be contacted by your employer's Workmen's Compensation insurance company asking for additional information. You do not have to give them a statement in order to receive benefits AND it is important that your employer's insurance carrier is not representing you in the action but they are representing your employer
  • Contact a Workmen's Compensation Attorney to make sure your rights and benefits are preserved.
 

Contact an Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney

Experienced Workmen's Compensation Attorney Tim Henderson will help explain your rights under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Law and he will provide the representation you need in order to receive your full benefits under the law.  Worker's compensation is a "no-fault system of benefits" paid to workers who "experience work-related injuries or diseases."
 
Success is no accident and Attorney Tim Henderson's success in fighting for his clients to ensure they receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled comes from his dedication, hard work and commitment.  Call (630) 708-0873 for a free consultation.
 

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