O’Fallon, IL Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Making Sure Injured Workers Get the Compensation They Deserve after a Work Accident
If you have been injured on the job, you are probably aware that you are entitled to workers’ compensation, but the benefits you receive may not be enough to fully compensate you for your lost wages, your pain and suffering, and the long-term consequences of your injuries.
Depending on the facts of your case, you may have options other than workers’ comp. At Kujawski & Associates, our O’Fallon, IL work accident and injury attorneys are committed to helping injured workers in Southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area get maximum compensation for their injuries. Our track record shows that we will effectively represent you as a workers comp lawyer in O Fallon, IL.
Learn more, below, about how a case that might appear on the surface to be a simple workers compensation case with limited avenues to pursue compensation and damages might offer more options for remedy when approached from a slightly different perspective. The reason you should hire a seasoned workers comp attorney has to do with approaching each case as an individual set of circumstances. It is our ability and experience as O Fallon workers compensation and industrial accident lawyers that dictates how we approach cases brought to us.
Identifying and Pursuing All Available Personal Injury Claims
If your employer is covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, your remedies against that employer or a fellow employee are limited. However, if your injuries were caused by someone else, you may have a claim against that party. Common examples include:
- Contractor liability: If you have been injured in a construction accident or another type of accident on a job site where you were working alongside the employees of other contractors, you may have a personal injury claim against one of those contractors.
- Product liability: If your injuries were caused by defective machinery or any other type of dangerous product in your workplace, you may have a claim against the manufacturer.
- Driver liability: If you have been injured in an auto accident while on the job, you may be entitled to bring both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim.
- FELA claims: In addition, some employers are not covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act. Our firm has a particularly strong focus on representing injured railroad workers in Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims. We also handle Jones Act claims made by maritime workers, crane accidents, and claims involving hazardous material exposure in the workplace.
In this manner, Kujawski & Associates approach each case with a wealth of experience and knowledge, but also with a fresh perspective and openness to learning the nuances of each case that make it unique. Kujawski & Associates offer attorneys who are experienced yet who still approach each case with respect for its unique circumstances.
Other attorneys might not pursue these avenues of potential liability, but at Kujawski & Associates, we know that cases that may appear simple are often complex due to the complexity of the job site. When multiple contractors are working side by side, communication, safety protocols and other oversights can occur. This mixing of companies, contractors and workers muddies the waters of clear liability.
Workers’ Compensation Claims: O Fallon IL
Kujawski & Associates have been handling workplace injury and personal injury cases from our O Fallon, Illinois law office for well over 30 years. We’re injury law professionals with a history of fighting for injured workers whose cases are more complex than typical workers comp claims.
Call us at 1800-624-4571 to tell us about your case and to learn how our injury lawyers can approach your case to fight for all claims you are entitled to.
Besides representing FELA Cases and Workers Compensation Cases, our practice areas include: Sexual Abuse Claims and other types of Injury Law.
How Is An Industrial Accident Different Than Standard Workers Compensation?
If you’ve heard the terms “workplace injury” and industrial accident” and wondered about how these are defined and approached in terms of the law, we have some answers that may clear things up.
Workplace injuries and workplace accidents usually refer to incidents that might be unrelated to a worker’s job tasks, such as when an employee assigned to a desk job slips and falls while at the office. Industrial accidents or injuries more often specifically refer to injuries more common to a specific line of work. One example might be when a construction worker is injured due to a fall from a broken scaffold.
Of course there can be some overlap between the two types of injury classification. And while traditional workers’ compensation insurance may cover some or all damages for an industrial injury or accident, an attorney is often best able to determine the best course to ensure that the injured worker is fully compensated.
If your industrial accident attorney decides that there is merit in pursuing a case, he or she may sue your employer or their insurance company on your behalf to recover damages related to the following in your accident case:
- Hospital and medical bills and expense
- Wages that you have lost as well as compensation to cover your lost earning capacity
- Pain and Suffering that you have sustained as a result of your work injuries
- Permanent disfigurement such as scarring
- Punitive damages (These damages are usually sought when an employer or contractor has been intentionally negligent or has acted in an extremely irresponsible way.)
Southern Illinois Industrial Accident Attorneys · 800-624-4571
If you have been injured on the job, do not rely on what your employer tells you about your options. Contact a workers compensation attorney or personal injury lawyer to find out what you are entitled to if you’ve been injured at work, in an industrial or plant accident. Our experienced trial lawyers can make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, please contact our law firm at 800-624-4571 or by e-mail.
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At Kujawski & Associates, our O'Fallon work accident and injury attorneys are committed to helping injured workers in the St. Louis metropolitan area get maximum compensation for their injuries.