Slip and Fall Accidents on the Job
Chicago Lawyers Advocating for Workers’ Compensation Claimants
Illinois law provides benefits in the form of medical costs and lost wages for individuals who are injured at work. According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, employees who suffer harm in the course and scope of their employment may receive compensation. While the workers’ compensation system does not require proving fault, a worker seeking compensation after slipping and falling must show that their injury was caused or aggravated by their job duties. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck and Bertuca, our Chicago slip and fall attorneys can investigate and advance a strong claim for compensation on behalf of our clients. Our workers’ compensation lawyers have helped people in a range of industries pursue compensation for their work-related harm, and we appreciate the importance of providing personal attention and efficient legal service to all of our clients throughout the process.
Benefits May be Secured After a Slip and Fall Accident on the Job
Generally, injuries suffered at work are covered by state workers’ compensation laws. Throughout the state, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act protects employees by providing medical expenses, missed wages, and disability payments to claimants who show that they have been harmed in a workplace accident. In lieu of pursuing a personal injury claim against an employer, the employee retains the benefits of workers’ compensation laws.
Slip and fall accidents on the job are a type of workplace accident covered by workers’ compensation, provided that the injuries were suffered in the course and scope of employment. Slip and fall accidents may result from foreign objects in a walkway, slick surfaces, or other potential hazards at work. Our slip and fall lawyers can help Chicago residents investigate the circumstances of their accident.
To qualify for workers’ compensation after slipping and falling on the job, an employee must show that their injury was caused while performing work or a work-related activity for their employer. A slip and fall that takes place while traveling to work may not qualify an employee for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the facts of each case dictate the outcome, and some workers who are hurt on their lunch breaks may be entitled to benefits.
Another important criterion for successfully proving eligibility for workers’ compensation is ensuring that the employee was not in violation of company policy at the time of the accident. While it is not necessary for an employee to demonstrate fault for the accident, intentional actions or conduct that shows a disregard for the probable consequences may prevent an employee from recovering benefits.
In some situations, an injured employee may have a third-party claim against an individual or company other than the employer. The employee would be required to show the negligence or fault of this party. If they are successful, the injured worker may be able to recover the full amount of their lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering, which is not typically provided in workers’ compensation cases.
Retain a Skilled Slip and Fall Attorney in Chicago or Beyond
The strength of a claim for workers’ compensation benefits after a slip and fall accident at work depends on many factors, including the details surrounding the accident and the ability to show a causal link between the job and the resulting harm. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck and Bertuca, our Chicago slip and fall lawyers can help you understand your rights under Illinois law. To strengthen the likelihood that an employer will approve a claim, it is important to file your claim soon after the accident and to preserve the appropriate evidence. Our job injury attorneys also represent workers in Aurora, Champaign, Springfield, Rockford, and Quincy, as well as other areas of Kane, Champaign, Sangamon, Cook, Winnebago, and Adams Counties. Call our office to set up a free consultation with a Chicago attorney. We can be reached through our online form or at 312-724-5846.