Most large industries rely on large and mid-sized machines that workers must interact with or use on a daily basis. While these machines are indispensable and make it possible for these industries to produce at a scale that never would have been possible a hundred years ago, they can also be death traps waiting to happen. Injuries due to mechanical equipment failure run the gamut, and they can lead to permanent disability or an inability to go back to work in the same capacity after one has healed.
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Here’s a list of some of the machines that can experience mechanical failure:
- Hydraulic hoses
- Plastic extruders
- Printing and food presses
Mechanical equipment failure may be due oil contamination, electrical surge overload, distortions, metallurgy, broken gears, improper cooling, misalignment, and breaks in parts of the machine. These accidents are almost always due to negligence or someone failing to take action. This can be due to manufacturing errors, poor maintenance, not training workers on how to properly use these machines, and overworking the machines in order to reach and surpass daily quotas.
Mechanical failures can lead to the following workplace injuries:
- Vision loss
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Toxin exposure
- Traumatic brain injuries
Worker’s Compensation for Injured Workers in Illinois
Under Illinois workers’ compensation laws, you are eligible for up to two thirds of your average weekly wage for a certain duration that you were rendered temporarily disabled. In addition, you qualify for medical benefits which include but is not limited to reasonable and adequate medical care, mileage reimbursement for the trips you took to and from hospital for your doctors’ appointments, prescription drug refunds, and the cost of any medical equipment you may need.
The Insurance Company Offer – Should You Take It?
If you suffered severe, extensive injuries, you may be asked by the employer’s insurance provider to agree to a lump-sum settlement which may sound reasonable, but is not. This is because you’re more likely to recover so much more if you go the litigation route, especially if you believe that some form of negligence led to your injuries. Before you sign away some or all your rights to seek legal redress, speak with us at 1 (773) 825-3547 and we’ll ensure that you get the maximum compensation you deserve, and not a fraction that is typically offered by insurance companies.
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