Accidents on the job unfortunately occur when machinery, equipment or the workplace itself is unsafe. Workers and their families may sue to seek damages from a workplace accident on several tort theories of liability, including negligence and strict liability against general and sub-contractors and product manufacturers.
Even though you may be receiving workers compensation benefits, you may also have a recovery for your injuries against a party other than your employer. The worker’s compensation system in Illinois and Wisconsin provides a no-fault basis for obtaining free medical care, temporary partial wage replacement, and long-term disability pay based on the severity of your disability. We work to get your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company to fulfill their duties to provide financial benefits after a work-related injury. However, these benefits fail to account for many types of damages that are recoverable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. While the worker’s compensation system is the exclusive remedy against an employer for workplace injuries in Illinois and Wisconsin, injured workers often can pursue a third-party lawsuit against other negligent parties or manufacturers of faulty equipment.
Whiting Law Group has represented many workers who have been injured while on the job against contractors and/or parties including the employee’s employer. Our Chicago Workplace Injury Lawyers offer representation in worker’s compensation proceedings against your employer and a personal injury lawsuit against third-parties. A third-party lawsuit can provide compensation that goes beyond worker’s compensation benefits, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship/consortium, and/or punitive damages depending on the specific circumstances of your situation. Further, recovery for lost wages and permanent disability tends to be greater in a civil lawsuit than the benefits available through worker’s compensation.
Because there are strict timing requirements that can impact your rights both to worker’s compensation benefits and a personal injury lawsuit, we strongly recommend you contact our Chicago Workplace Injury Lawyers as soon as possible after your job-related injury. Our knowledgeable attorneys tenaciously pursue the fullest compensation for our clients while safeguarding their legal rights and remedies. Our law firm has offices located in Illinois and Wisconsin, and we have been successfully representing injured workers for over a decade.
Whiting Law Group takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then Mr.Whiting and his team of accident and injury trial lawyers personally invite you to contact them for a free consultation toll free at 1-877-936-7200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee unless we win your case.