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August 2015 Archives

Autumn harvest season in Illinois means danger in grain bins

Now that autumn is nearly here, agricultural workers across Illinois will be getting ready for harvest season. This is a busy and profitable period for those in the farming industry. It can also be a deadly time, as workers on farms encounter numerous ways to be involved in a workplace accident, from falls to equipment malfunctions. One of the most dangerous scenarios a farm worker may face during harvest season is grain entrapment. This occurs when a worker becomes buried in a grain cave-in while working inside a storage bin. It only takes seconds for corn or other grain to completely engulf a victim.

What are some types of injuries a government worker might face?

It is possible to suffer a workplace injury or illness no matter where you work. If you're a government employee, your chances of being hurt at work are just as great as anyone else's. However, the laws regarding government workers' compensation in Illinois may differ from those in the public sector. It is important for you to know that you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses if you're injured on the job.

Employees may be afraid to report workplace injuries

If you've suffered an injury on the job, you are entitled to report the injury and apply for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation law in Illinois allows you to receive medical treatment for a job-related injury and compensation for related expenses, such as lost hours. However, the attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC understand that there are cases when you may need to seek help receiving workers' compensation benefits. For example, your company or its insurance may deny your claim. If this is the case, you have the right to appeal the denial.

Construction deaths frequently caused by safety violations

The construction industry is a dangerous job. As such, those who work in construction need to be professional, understand the risks and take measures to prevent an accident. The lawyers at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC have seen how a construction site accident can devastate a family. We understand the complexities of workers' compensation law in Illinois to give you the best chance of getting the compensation you need after a construction accident.

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