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2 men suffer workplace injury in Illinois factory explosion

Any sort of major injury can have a devastating impact on one’s life. It can require significant medical intervention and recovery time, while causing the injured person to miss work as he or she recovers. In some of these instances, a loved one may also have to miss work to provide care to individual who is hurt. These expenses can quickly add up to an unmanageable load. However, workers in Illinois who suffer from a workplace injury likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Two men injured in a recent explosion at a plant will likely be seeking this compensation after they were injured. A contractor on site described hearing an explosion at the Olin Brass plant. Medical technicians and firefighters at the plant responded. The same witness reported seeing one man who was covered in bandages being brought out on a stretcher. That man was ultimately airlifted to a hospital with a burn treatment center.

A second victim was also transported by ambulance to an area hospital. He has since been released. Officials for the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating to determine the cause of the accident.

An investigation into the accident may help prevent future incidences. However, the injured men, especially the man who may require treatment at the burn center, could be facing significant financial ramifications from the accident. While workers’ compensation usually covers medical bills, lost wages and other damages resulting from a workplace injury, some people have found the path to compensation in Illinois complicated. Many have benefited from seeking assistance from those who are knowledgeable about state laws and procedures governing the insurance programs.

Source: fox2now.com, "Two injured in fire from explosion at Olin Brass plant", Roche Madden, May 27, 2014

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