Workplace injuries are far too common in Illinois, devastating thousands of families each year. In fact, according to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, approximately 250,000 work-related accidents occur each year in Illinois alone. The statistics are overwhelming, and the injuries often overwhelming.
In Chicago workplace injury cases, companies are responsible for ensuring that they provide a safe working environment for their employees. Further, when a company hires a person to perform the job of safeguarding the workplace to keep it safe on behalf of that corporation, the company can potentially be held legally responsible when that person acts negligently; liability falls to the company because it was the duty of that company to either provide proper training and supervision to the person in charge of safety, or hire someone who was better qualified to perform the job. Workplace injury is a serious matter. With so many cases occurring in Illinois each year, is essential for employers to maintain safe working environments, and for workers to follow proper safety procedures. When a worker is injured because of someone else’s negligence, it is important for victims to seek justice, not only to recover damages, but also to motivate employers to change their practices to avoid future litigation.
Nevertheless, despite the responsibility to maintain a safe working environment, the latest survey of U.S. workers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that workplace environments continue to be blamed for causing or worsening cases of asthma. Indeed, approximately nine percent of adults who have asthma reported having work-related asthma, the CDC discovered from its telephone survey, which included information from 38 states and the District of Columbia. Ultimately this means that more than 1.4 million people across the country have been affected by work-related asthma.