Workers' compensation is typically thought of as the benefits that employees receive when they are injured on the job in a work accident, and many times that is exactly the case. However, not only can workers' compensation cover workplace injuries, but it can also cover any medical conditions that may occur due to unsafe working conditions. Hopefully, this is something that no worker will have to face, but for one worksite located in Illinois, workers may unfortunately have to file these claims thanks to potentially dangerous working conditions.
A work injury can come in many forms. Many times, on-the-job injuries are readily apparent, especially those that require immediate hospitalization. But other times, a work injury can be a lot more insidious and even take years to develop. This is perhaps especially true for such cases of long-term exposure to toxic chemicals. Unfortunately for one Illinois company, this is exactly the kind of scenario that workers appear to face in performing their employment duties.
Typically, industrial workers are at the greatest risk of falling victim to toxic exposure or some other work-related injury. Unlike an instantaneous accident, workers may not feel the dangerous effects of some chemicals until they are exposed to them over an extended period of time. As a recent incident in Illinois proves, there is a risk of toxic exposure in almost any type of workplace.