Commonwealth Edison is sometimes known as ComEd. As the state’s largest electric utility, it hires and maintains responsibility for many workers. It offers electric service to millions of customers across the northern part of the state. As a ComEd employee, unfortunately, you may face significant risks, particularly with regard to electrical contacts, but also other hazards out in the field and in the office. If you were injured or a loved one was killed on the job, you should call the experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. Our firm has more than 60 years of experience fighting for the best outcomes available for workers.Workers’ Compensation Claims
As a ComEd worker, you face a range of risks while on the job in or around Chicago. The nature and severity of the injuries you sustain may depend, in part, on whether their work is out in the field or in the office. Out in the field, there is a risk of power circuits that are not protected. Contact can cause electrocutions, heart attacks, and nerve damage. You may increase your risks of injuries by using conductive wood ladders that are wood or metal tools that contact power lines. For instance, if you are working with a metal tool, you could receive electrical burns, which often impact the hands and feet, and thereby be left unable to continue to do the same type of work.
If you work at a ComEd office in a deskbound job, however, you may be confronted by the same types of harms workers in other offices also face, such as the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome or sustaining fractures and a concussion in a slip and fall.Benefits
Benefits to which you may be entitled as a Commonwealth Edison employee include:
- Reasonable and necessary medical treatment,
- Partial wage replacement in the form of disability pay,
- Physical rehabilitation,
- Vocational rehabilitation.
The types and amounts of benefits depend on a host of factors including your average weekly wage and the injuries you suffered in a work accident. If, for instance, you sustained serious electrical burns, you could sustain scarring and require significant surgeries. These may be paid for through ComEd’s workers’ compensation insurer.
Electrical injuries can result in death, too. As the spouse or child of a ComEd employee who died in connection with work, you may be able to obtain death benefits. These can include funeral and burial expenses that are capped, and additional compensation of 2/3 of the worker’s gross average weekly wage while working for ComEd.Retaliation
You should not be retaliated against for by Commonwealth Edison or its insurer for filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim. In some cases, workers are terminated or have their hours reduced for pretextual reasons; these may be steps taken by an employer as a kind of punishment for making the claim. Motive for termination is a factual question and sometimes it is complicated; for instance, yours could be a complicated situation if an employer only has certain types of work available and there is a dispute about whether you can go back to work given the injuries stemming from your work accident. It is critical to retain a lawyer to take a look at your particular case early in the claims process.Third Party Lawsuit
When a third party other than Commonwealth Edison is responsible for your injuries, it may be appropriate to pursue damages. For instance, if you were catastrophically injured by a defective tool, it might be appropriate to sue the manufacturer for damages in a product liability lawsuit. Similarly, if you suffered spinal cord damage in a collision while driving to a worksite from the ComEd’s headquarters, you may be able to recover damages from an at-fault driver.Hire Lawyer for Benefits as an Injured Commonwealth Edison Employee
Our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys handle the workers’ compensation claims of Commonwealth Edison employees in Champaign, Rockford, Quincy, and Aurora, along with Cook, Kane, Sangamon, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. We also represent clients in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims and third-party lawsuits. Call us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or complete our online form.
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