Chicago Injured Warehouse Worker Claims
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As someone who works in warehousing and storage, you know how important it is to keep everything in the right place. At McHargue & Jones, LLC, our Chicago warehouse injury attorneys can help you get your workers’ compensation claim in proper order without adding any stress or work on you. We happily manage all facets of a case from start to finish, so our clients can relax and do their best to recuperate from their injuries. Whether you need help understanding how to get workers’ compensation benefits or if you filed a claim that was later denied, we should be the first law firm you call!
Most Common Accidents in Warehouses
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), common warehouse accidents include:
- Forklift accidents: Forklifts are used in most warehouses to move heavy products and pallets, especially when top-shelf storage is necessary. The same forklifts that can be so useful are also involved in an inordinately large percentage of warehouse accidents that leave workers seriously injured.
- Struck-by accidents: When items are stored in high places, there is always the risk of a loose object falling down and hitting a worker, which is why struck-by accidents are so common.
- Caught-between accidents: A caught-between accident occurs when a worker is partially or fully trapped between two moving objects and injured. This includes if a body part like a hand is caught-between or inside a piece of machinery.
- Slip and fall accidents: Moving through a busy warehouse, a worker could slip or trip on a stray piece of debris or a misplaced item, suffering a serious fall injury.
What Causes Accidents in Warehousing & Storage?
As discussed, there are many types of accidents that can happen in a warehouse. What is causing all of these accidents, though?
Whether you work in a commercial, agricultural, or industrial warehouse, the causes of most accidents that happen on the job will be regular human error or negligence. If safety protocols slip for just a moment, it could be the exact moment that a bad accident happens. It is crucial that everyone working in a warehouse prioritize safety.
However, the cause of a warehouse accident is secondary in a workers’ compensation case. Workers’ compensation benefits are provided through a no-fault insurance system. Liability is typically not weighed because workers should be guaranteed benefits, even if their own mistakes caused their work-related injuries.
Warehouse Accident Prevention
To help prevent accidents around a warehouse, a few safety tips should be followed:
- Employers should arrange routine safety training and retraining for all workers.
- Supervisors should conduct regular safety inspections around the entire warehouse.
- Workers should immediately report any safety issues they see.
Common Warehouse Worker Injuries
Just as the types of warehouse accidents are varied, so are the types of injuries suffered by warehouse workers. Head injuries and crush injuries are among the most catastrophic, which require emergency medical care.
A warehouse worker who is not given enough breaks can overexert themselves or suffer a repetitive stress injury (RSI). Both injury types gradually worsen as time goes by and treatments are not administered, so it is important to explore your options to get workers’ compensation soon if you think you’re suffering from an RSI or overexertion.
Sensory injuries are also a serious problem in warehouses where machinery and vehicles are used constantly. Constant exposure to loud noises can cause hearing loss, perhaps even permanent deafness. Bright, flashing lights can gradually cause vision loss.
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No matter what type of warehouse you work in or what type of work injury you suffered, our Chicago warehouse injury lawyers of McHargue & Jones, LLC want to help you. We would be happy to review your case during a FREE consultation. Our legal team can tell you what steps you should take next to get your case moving, which could include starting your claim, challenging a denial, negotiating with an insurer, and more.