Chicago plant workers are reliant upon employers to maintain safe workplaces. An employer is responsible for creating and implementing safety plans, in line with state and federal guidelines. Some Illinois employers make safety a low priority, especially when creating a safe job environment involves spending money that would otherwise be profits.
Industrial plant fires and explosions can be deadly and ravage the lives of numerous families. Financial and emotional blows are added to the lists of deaths and catastrophic injuries. Wage earners are incapacitated and, due to damage caused by a blast, may have no job waiting when they are healthy enough to work.
Workers' compensation alleviates some of the financial hardships. The insurance supplies benefits for medical costs and earnings losses, but the coverage often isn't enough to meet a family's needs. The costs associated with a work-related accident can be staggering and become long-term burdens, in cases of permanent disability or death, unless there are sources of additional monetary relief.
Many industrial plant injuries affect one or just a few workers. The plant stays up and running, while the victim recovers from an accident due to a fall, machine entanglement or toxic chemical exposure. In most cases, employers cannot be held accountable for injuries or deaths, but there are other possibilities.
A workers' compensation attorney can assist victims and families with the claims process, push for maximum and extended coverage. Simultaneously, lawyers can investigate sources of added compensation, which may include government benefits or claims against third-parties connected to the accident.
A U.S. Labor Department report stated nearly 25 percent of 2.8 million job-related injuries in 2012 occurred in goods-producing industries. That represented about 700,000 injuries nationwide for a single year.
Some of those injuries occurred in plant accidents that might have been prevented, if an employer or another party had not been careless. Liability claims hold negligent parties accountable.