Many jobs, particularly those that are more physical in nature, can endanger the lives of Illinois workers and put them at high risk for serious injury. Workplace accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe injury to the spinal cord or brain. Here are some of the most common workplace accidents/injuries.
- Explosions and fires: Fires and explosions may be caused by open flames and faulty gas lines.
- Chemical exposure: Harmful substances in the workplace may result in toxicity in the body and organ failure.
- Motor vehicle accidents: Workers must often operate motor vehicles (e.g., tractors, forklifts) as part of their jobs, and may suffer injury when their vehicle is involved in a collision. Workers may also suffer injury when they are struck by an object falling from the vehicle, are pinned under the vehicle, or fall out of the vehicle itself.
- Electrocution: Electrical hazards, such as exposed wiring, can result in electrocution.
- Falls: Workers can fall from roofs, scaffolding, and other elevated platforms.
- Repetitive motion: Workers may be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions resulting from repeatedly and consistently using certain parts of the body in the same way.
- Slip-and-falls: Poor lighting, slippery floors, uneven carpeting, and various obstructions can cause a worker to slip or trip and fall.
If you were injured on-the-job, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Injuries that seem minor at first can become serious if not treated in a timely fashion. You should also report the injury to your employer and file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. A workers’ compensation injury attorney can assist you with your claim to ensure you recover the benefits you are entitled to.