Workplace fatalities are on the decline and America’s workplaces are generally a much safer place than a decade ago. According to this CNN article, the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistic’s annual report on workplace fatalities reports that 4,609 people died of work-related accidents last year, which is a 1.7% reduction from 2010 when 4,690 people died on the job and a 22% reduction from 2001 when 5,915 were killed in workplace accidents.
The article goes on to state that the number of workplace fatalities has been steadily declining since 1994, which is due, in part, to an improved focus on workplace safety by employers, industry groups, and employees.
Although workplaces in general have gotten safer, there is one workplace that remains dangerous – America’s roads. According to the Department of Labor’s report, the most common workplace activity to result in injuries and deaths is driving, with accidents on the road accounting for nearly one-quarter of all work-related deaths. In fact, 759 more truckers died on the job last year than any other occupation.
New regulations issued by the Department of Transportation last year seek to improve trucker safety, however, by limiting the amount of time truckers are on the road to eight hours before they must rest at least 30 minutes and limiting their total driving time per week to 70 hours.
Injured employees are generally entitled to worker’s compensation regardless of fault for the accident. But, as we pointed out in this post, injured employees often mistakenly assume that their only remedy is workers’ compensation. However, if an employee is injured in a work-related auto accident that was caused by the negligence of another motorist, he or she may also be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In Illinois, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act outlines the rights of injured workers. Under Illinois’s workers’ compensation laws, if you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lump sum settlement if you suffer from partial loss of the use of a body part.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) if your injury leaves you unable to do any kind of work or you lose two of the same body parts
- Wage loss differential if your injury prohibits you for doing your job and you must take a lower paying job
- Vocational retraining
- Survivor benefits for the deceased employee’s dependent heirs
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, the Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at Ankin Law Office will work to get you the compensation that you deserve, through workers’ compensation benefits and any motor vehicle accident lawsuit that may be filed. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about what to do if you have been in a workplace accident.