Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Serving the Wheaton and Schaumburg Areas
Like other workplace injuries, crushing injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. These injuries are extremely painful and can have life-altering consequences for a worker, sometimes leading to permanent disabilities. If you have suffered a crushing injury within the scope of your employment, we can help. At Therman Law Offices, our Wheaton and Schaumburg crushing injury lawyers can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and obtain the benefits that you are entitled to receive. These cases can be complex, and having the right attorney on your side can make a key difference in your case.
Pursuing Benefits for Crushing Injuries
A crushing injury takes place when force or pressure is put on a body part, causing that body part to be crushed. This most commonly occurs when a body part is squeezed between two very heavy objects. Crushing injuries can result in serious and debilitating internal and external injuries, including bleeding, bruising, broken bones, paralysis, and muscle and ligament tears, as well as nerve damage. In the most severe cases, crushing injuries can result in death. Common causes of crushing injuries in the workplace include but are not limited to:
- Motor vehicle accidents – a worker in a car accident may be pinned inside the vehicle and suffer crushed bones or organs as a result. Of course, the accident must have occurred within the course and scope of employment for it to be covered.
- Dropped or falling objects – construction workers and warehouse workers face the danger of heavy objects and materials (i.e., loose bricks) falling on top of them from extreme heights, leading to serious crushing injuries.
- Collapses – construction workers face the risk of suffering crushing injuries by becoming trapped beneath stacks of cement, bags, palettes of goods, or construction materials. Trench collapses can also lead to crushing injuries.
- Machinery – certain heavy machinery and equipment can be dangerous because workers can become entangled within and subsequently crushed by the moving parts of these devices (such as being crushed by a punch press). Fingers, hands, arms, and other body parts are also at risk of getting caught and crushed.