While Workers’ Compensation does provide some important benefits to injured workers and their families, permanent or long-term injuries may require expenses that go beyond the limits Workers’ Compensation can provide. That is why it is so important to discuss your loading dock injury case with a qualified Chicago worksite accident attorney who can help you explore all your legal options for compensation.
Loading Dock Accidents & Survivor Benefits
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a loading dock accident, you may be entitled to survivor benefits under Illinois Workers’ Compensation. These benefits include a burial benefit to help with burial costs and a survivor’s benefit. The survivor’s benefit is calculated by taking two-thirds of the average of the 52 weeks gross salary your loved one was paid prior to the injury that caused the death. This benefit is subject to minimums and maximums.
Loading Dock Accidents & Personal Injury Lawsuits
Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you likely won’t be able to sue your employer or a fellow employee for damages. However, this doesn’t mean that you aren’t entitled to file a lawsuit in Illinois for damages beyond the benefits that you are receiving through Workers’ Compensation. You may, with the assistance of an experienced Chicago worksite accident lawyer, be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a liable third party. A third party might include:
- The manufacturer of a piece of equipment that failed if the failure was a result of a manufacturing defect;
- The manufacturer of a piece of equipment that failed if the failure was a result of a design defect; or
- Another company if that company’s employee was responsible for your accident.
When to Hire a Chicago Worksite Accident LawyerYou should consult with a qualified Chicago worksite accident lawyer as soon as you are able. A qualified attorney can help you identify any third-parties that may be liable for your loading dock accident and help you file a claim to recover compensation.
The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have tried many cases like yours and understand the complexities of worksite injury cases. For a free evaluation of your case contact us today – 312-263-1080