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It’s one thing to slip and fall at home. It’s quite another thing to slip and fall at work and suffer an injury that was caused by employer negligence.

From factories to restaurants to retail megastores across the United States, millions of employees suffer a serious work-related injury every year. Despite safety compliance guidelines mandated at the state and federal level, many employers cut corners when it comes to worker safety. Suffering a major injury at work can lead to numerous issues that go well beyond physical pain. You can lose your job, which leads to relationship issues at home.

If you suffer a serious injury at work, you should speak with an experienced workplace injury attorney to hold the parties accountable for your physical and emotional pain.

Common Reasons for Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries vary depending on the industry. However, there are several common reasons for workplace injuries that span all industries.

  • Inferior equipment
  • Lack of worker training
  • Little or no enforcement of federal safety guidelines
  • Employer negligence
  • High risk of accidents

Regardless of the reason for a workplace accident, employees are granted the legal right to seek workers compensation. Here are a few examples of the workplace injuries that should trigger the filing of workers compensation claim:

  • Severe burns
  • Fractured bones
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Brain trauma
  • Damaged spinal column
  • Nerve damage

What You Need to Know about Workers Compensation:

Enacted into law to offer financial relief for employees that suffer work-related injuries, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires workers that are injured on the job to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation commission (IWCC). The workers’ compensation system created in Illinois does not require a worker to prove an employer caused a work-related injury. Instead, you have three years from the date of a workplace injury to file a claim with the IWCC.

If you or a family member has suffered a work-related injury that you believe was the fault of the employer, speak with the highly rated work accident lawyers at Devens & McFetridge. We offer a free initial consultation to determine the strength of your case, as well as educate you about the rights granted by state and federal personal injury laws.

Contact us for a free case evaluation.