Personal Injury Lawyer in Chicago

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Chicago Workplace Injury Lawyer Who Puts People First

Chicago workplace accident law firm Ronaldson & Kuchler takes every accident seriously. We know that workplace accidents can have a devastating impact on families in Illinois. Suddenly, you or your spouse might not be able to work for weeks or months due to your workplace injury.

You might wonder, “How can a workplace injury lawyer help me? Workers comp insurance will take care of everything.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, your employer and insurance companies might be working with attorneys to limit or deny your workers compensation benefits.

That’s not right, but you can level the playing field. We represent victims injured on the job in Illinois and are dedicated to helping them get justice. You were simply doing your job when you or a loved one was injured. Your family shouldn’t have to suffer financially. You’ve already been through enough.

Considering filing a workplace injury lawsuit in Chicago? Contact us

We’re familiar with many common workplace injuries and the top 5 causes of workplace injuries. This vast knowledge enables us to provide exceptional legal advice to injured workers. When you contact us, we can help you explore all your legal options, including whether to file a workplace injury lawsuit in Chicago or wherever your workplace injury took place.

Some other common questions people have after workplace injuries include:

Who pays for my workplace injury?

It depends. Often your employer or your employer’s insurance company will pay for your workplace injury. Workplace injuries are also often covered by workers compensation insurance. But sometimes, someone other than your employer might have caused your workplace injury. In this case, you may be able to pursue a third party workplace injury claim and may be entitled to compensation beyond the amount you would receive through workers compensation. Construction accidents often result in third party construction accident claims, because there may be different subcontractors working at the same site at the same time.

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Can I see my own doctor after a workplace injury?

Maybe. Your employer might insist that your injury be verified by a doctor employed by your employer or chosen by your employer’s insurance company.

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Can my employer fire me for a workplace injury?

Perhaps. If your employer claims you violated your company’s rules or regulations, your employer might try to terminate you and deny compensating you for your workplace injury.

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How long do I have to recover from my workplace injury?

There is no time limit on how long someone can take to recover from a workplace accident, but some employers will try to make workers return to work before they have fully recovered from their workplace injury.

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Do I need an attorney for a workplace injury?

You can pursue a claim without an attorney, but the insurance company and your employer may take advantage of you. Look at the answers to all the questions above. If you have a workplace injury lawyer on your side, working just for you, you can:

  • Demand more compensation for your workplace injury.
  • Insist on seeing your own doctor.
  • Challenge any disciplinary action taken by your employer.
  • Fight to take as long as you need to fully recover from your workplace injury.

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Common Workplace Injuries

We have resolved countless claims for people injured in work accidents and have investigated some of the most common workplace injuries in Chicago and throughout Illinois. As a law firm committed to helping the injured, we understand what you’re going through.

We know that there are many decisions to make after a workplace injury. A big one is whether to hire a lawyer. Your employer might say you don’t need a lawyer to handle your workplace injury. Don’t be so sure. Often, employers and insurance companies simply want to keep payments to a minimum, and they know that injured workers who have representation often end up with more money in their pockets.

What are common workplace injuries?

Are you willing to take a chance with your future financial stability? For peace of mind, contact us today. We fight hard to protect the rights of workplace injury victims in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Here are some of the most common workplace injuries we handle at Ronaldson & Kuchler.

Head Injury

Head injury accidents at work can happen fast, but the impact can last a lifetime. A serious head injury can leave someone unable to work ever again. When this happens, the financial pressure and emotional impact of such accidents can be powerful and turn entire families’ lives upside down.

Brain damage and other serious traumatic brain injuries demand aggressive legal action. We can help. We know how to investigate head injury accidents at work and know how to gather the evidence people need to build successful cases.

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Back Injury

Like head injuries, a back injury sustained at work demands strong legal action. If necessary, we can help you file a workplace injury lawsuit in Chicago or wherever your back injury accident took place in Illinois.

Sometimes, back injuries are sustained instantly, especially if someone falls down at work and injures his back. These types of sudden back injuries often occur at construction sites, factories, warehouses and other industrial facilities. Such injuries can sometimes leave workers paralyzed and unable to work ever again.

But back injuries can just as easily slowly develop over time. These back injuries may be due to working on an assembly line, standing in a department store all day or sitting at a computer and typing for hours. These injuries often fall under repetitive stress injuries and occur when workers perform the same task day after day without interruption.

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Neck Injury

Workplace neck injuries can cover a wide range. Sometimes, people have soreness in their neck due to working in the same position for hours in a row, day after day. Other times, a person’s spinal cord can be severed while working, resulting in permanent paralysis.  Whatever type of workplace neck injury in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois you’re dealing with, contact Ronaldson & Kuchler.

Neck injuries sustained at work can be very complicated for several reasons. These reasons often include your employer or insurance company:

  • Denying your injury
  • Claiming you sustained neck injury while off duty
  • Insisting you return to work before your neck injury has fully healed

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Repetitive Stress Injury

Certain jobs require workers to perform the same tasks for hours at a time. Sometimes, such work can result in serious, long-term injuries to a person’s muscles or joints. These workplace injuries are commonly referred to as a repetitive stress injury or repetitive strain injury. Another term commonly used to describe such injuries is occupational overuse syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis are two of the most common types of repetitive stress injuries, but there are many others as well. Repetitive stress injuries typically occur among:

  • Office workers – People who type for hours a day sometimes develop carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by compression of the nerves in the wrist, restricting blood flow to the hands and fingers.
  • Factory workers – Assembly line workers who perform the same task every day are susceptible to repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis, a painful inflammation of the bursa, the cushion between a person’s bones, tendons and joints.
  • Construction workers – Operating heavy machinery and drills can over time sometimes result in repetitive stress injuries.

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Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to toxic substances like asbestos can be devastating to victims and their families. Exposure to asbestos can cause a range of health problems. When asbestos fibers enter the lungs, the fibers can contribute to serious illnesses that may take years or even decades to develop, including mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

Some of the workers most likely to be exposed to asbestos on the job in Chicago include:

  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers

Victims exposed to asbestos may not notice symptoms until 20, 30 or even 40 or more years after exposure. This is why asbestos injury attorneys continue to take on new cases, even though most construction companies stopped using asbestos when building new structures in the late 1970s due to the health risks associated with this product. Asbestos was commonly used in construction in the 1800s and early 1900s in insulation, electrical wires and other construction materials.

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How can a workplace injury lawyer help me?

Anyone can pursue an on-the-job injury claim without an attorney, but those who have representation often get better results. Workplace injury claims can become complicated. An experienced attorney who understands how to navigate the system can protect your rights.

Many times, many employers or their insurance company will tell employees they don’t need to hire a lawyer to handle their workplace injury. Companies often tell workers that they will take care of everything.

Don’t be so sure. Even if your workplace injury seems minor, having a Chicago lawyer on your side every step of the way can often be a big asset. Here’s how a workplace injury lawyer can help you.

Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injuries

We have handled many on-the-job accident claims over the years, which have given us a unique insight into some of the most common causes of workplace injuries. We know that some workplace injuries might seem minor at first, but become more severe with time. Severe injuries can lead to complicated workplace accident claims. With so much at stake, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible if you or a loved one was injured in an accident. If you have any doubts about how a workplace injury lawyer can help you, we would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss all your legal options.

The list of top 5 causes of workplace injuries includes:

Transportation Injury

Car accidents might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about workplace injuries. But workers are injured while driving on the job all the time.  If your job requires you to drive or be transported for a living, statistics indicate that you are working in one of the most dangerous professions. This category covers a wide range – from truck drivers to salespeople who travel for work. Whatever the reason, car accidents, truck accidents, railroad accidents and other transportation-related accidents at work can be deadly.

Some of the workers most often involved in transportation accidents include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Bus drivers
  • Construction workers
  • Traveling salespeople
  • Train conductors

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Construction Accident Injury

Construction work can be very dangerous. And certain construction jobs are more dangerous than others. Roofing accidents, crane accidents, forklift accidents and scaffolding collapses are all common causes of construction accidents in Illinois. Roofers in particular are among the five most dangerous jobs in the country.

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Slip and fall Injury

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common injuries we deal with at Ronaldson & Kuchler. A slip and fall is the third most frequent cause of work injuries. Generally, if you slip and fall at work, you cannot sue your employer for negligence, but you can file a workers compensation claim. If a worker, such as a plumber, is working on a property his employer does not own, it may be possible to take legal action against the property owner if the worker slips and falls.

Some of the most common workplace slip and fall accidents we handle often occur during certain types of workplace accidents, including:

  • Construction accidents
  • Hospital accidents
  • Nursing home accidents
  • Railroad accidents

While such accidents are normally covered by workers compensation insurance, there may be other sources of compensation.

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Nursing Home Workplace Injury

Nursing homes can be dangerous places for workers. Many of the jobs at nursing homes are difficult and strenuous. Someone lifting an object or moving a resident can suffer an injured back. Someone walking over a slippery floor could fall and sustain a head injury. We understand what workers deal with every day in nursing homes and strive to protect their rights if they are injured.

Some of the more common nursing home workplace injuries our Chicago workplace injury lawyers handle include:

  • Head injuries – Nursing home workers might sustain head injuries on the job during slip and fall accidents. Such accidents happen fast, but the consequences can last a lifetime, especially if the victim sustains a traumatic brain injury.
  • Spine injuries – Lifting heavy objects, falling on slippery surfaces – these are just some of the ways nursing home employees sustain serious spinal cord injuries.
  • Back injuries – Injuries to the back might not seem as serious as spine injuries, but back injuries can be just as debilitating and can permanently affect someone’s quality of life for many years or even permanently.
  • Broken bones – Nursing home workers frequently break their arms or legs or other body parts on the job. Such injuries can prevent nurses or other health care workers from working for weeks or months. Make sure you’re fairly compensated for your injury.
  • Physical assault – Unruly patients sometimes assault nursing home workers. Nursing homes might downplay such injuries, but they need to be taken seriously. We can help.

Your nursing home injury might seem straightforward. Your employer and its insurance company might claim you don’t need a lawyer to deal with your workplace injury. Don’t be so sure. Often, employers and insurance companies typically do everything they can to keep costs to a minimum. And when they do, that often means there’s not enough money to cover the true cost of your workplace injury.

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Hospital Workplace Injury

Any on-the-job injury, even the most seemingly minor ones, can be difficult to deal with. We also know that hospital workers have one of the highest job injury rates of all occupations. A work accident that happens in the blink of an eye can become a career-ending injury.

Some of the most common hospital workplace injuries include:

  • Nurse back injuries – Lifting patients and carrying heavy objects often result in back injuries for nurses. Such injuries can happen suddenly or occur over a long period of time due to repeatedly lifting heavy objects.
  • Slip and fall injuries – Slip and fall accidents often occur in hospitals. When workers slip and fall, they can easily hit their head or damage their spine.
  • Broken bones – Employees working in hospitals frequently break their arms or legs or other bones while on the job. A Chicago hospital injury lawyer can work with you if you sustained such an injury.
  • Assault – Abusive patients sometimes assault nurses, doctors and other hospital employees. Such injuries demand immediate legal action. We can help.
  • Infection – Infections caused by exposure to sick patients and improperly disposed medical devices frequently occur in hospitals.

Whatever type of hospital workplace injury you’re dealing with, don’t wait to take legal action. Contact Ronaldson & Kuchler today and discover what we can do for you.

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Our Chicago Office:

Ronaldson & Kuchler, L.L.C.
19 S LaSalle Street #1402
Chicago, IL 60603
Local (312) 425-2600