An Illinois man alleges that he was hurt by a falling piece of concrete while working at a refinery. The man filed an Illinois personal injury lawsuit earlier this month in Madison County Circuit Court against the construction company and other defendants. He was working as a pipefitter and welder and was working in a trench when a large section of concrete built to hold the excavating machinery broke off and fell into the trench. The personal injury plaintiff alleges that he was unable to escape the falling debris and it knocked him to the ground. He states that he sustained serious injuries to his back during the injury. The Illinois plaintiff is asking to be paid more than $400,000 in damages for medical expenses and lost wages along with court costs.
Individuals have a right to a safe and healthful workplace and may receive benefits under workers’ compensation if they have suffered an injury on the job. Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage and should give their employees a workers’ compensation claim to complete and return. According to state law, a workers’ compensation claim is the remedy when an employee sustains an on-the-job injury, which means that an injured worker cannot file a negligence lawsuit against his or her employer or co-worker. But, if a workers’ compensation claim arises as the result of the negligence of another person, a door opens to another area of recovery. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the third party in addition to the workers’ compensation claim. For example, our Chicago personal injury lawyers represent clients in cases where negligence caused their serious personal injury or wrongful death. We recently represented a 27 year-old roofer in an Illinois workplace injury who was paralyzed when he fell from a roof as a result of the general contractor’s failure to provide appropriate safety devices. The workplace negligence lawsuit was resolved with the 27 year-old injured man receiving a $5.7 million settlement.
To read more about the Illinois personal injury lawsuit, visit the Madison Record.