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Illinois workplace safety and health issues

It might surprise some Illinois workers that no workplace environment is completely free of hazards, especially those that result in worker injuries. According to authorities, one of the great dangers associated with worksite accidents is suffering a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

Moreover, authorities state that falls account for many on-the-job accidents that result in a traumatic brain injury. In fact, about 20 percent of work-related TBIs have taken place when a worker stumbles on an unexpected object or falls on wet or uneven surfaces. While the majority of TBI-related fatalities are linked to car accidents, falls are gradually becoming the leading cause.

According to authorities, there has been a marked increase in workplace accidents resulting in TBIs, and part of the reason for this might be the amount of people ages 65 and over who are still in the workforce, a 100 percent increase since 1984. Reported TBI-related accidents are high in certain industries, including emergency medical services, construction, agriculture, transportation and forestry. Furthermore, people working with dangerous machinery, heavy equipment and toxic chemicals may be at particular risk for suffering an accident that could result in a brain injury.

Whereas many work-related accidents can be blamed on the reckless or careless actions of employees, such as not cleaning up a spilled beverage on the floor, a large percentage of them are also caused by negligent employers who fail to implement safety codes and preemptive measures.

People in Illinois who suffer workplace injuries are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident. By filing a claim, injured workers may receive regular cash payments to cover their income losses and medical expenses. A workers' compensation lawyer may assist an injured worker during the filing process as well as in the event that a dispute surfaces.

Source: BrainInjuryInstitute.org, "Workplace Accident", November 03, 2014

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