The Chicago Sun Times reported that firefighters were called to a Joliet power plant after a hydrogen leak ignited a fire that injured an employee of the plant. The employee was taken to the hospital for treatment. None of the firefighters who put out the fire were injured.
The injured employee is likely to be out of work and may have some injuries caused by the burns that could require substantial medical attention. It is the responsibility of the employer to cover these expenses which is why a Chicago workers compensation claim should be filed. Unless it is found that the leak was caused by malfunctioning equipment it is likely that the employer will be held responsible for paying the compensation due to the injured employee.
Workplace injuries can happen at any job and can be as simple as a twisted ankle and as devastating as death. No matter the severity of the injury it is important to see a doctor and document it right away. This is even true with injuries that seem very minor such as mild back pain. If you are hurt at work but don't see a doctor because the pain is bearable and then the next week you bend down to pick something up and have serious pain in your back you may not qualify for an Illinois workers comp claim. If the proper steps haven't been taken, it can make it harder to collect.
The insurance companies will do whatever they can to ensure that you are awarded as little compensation as possible. Even if you are deserving of the maximum compensation. This is because that is their job. This is what makes it so vital to have a Chicago workers compensation lawyer working alongside you during the process.
Your Illinois injury lawyers will know the best way to handle the situation while making sure that all paperwork is properly filled out and submitted on time. They might even be able to get you the compensation you deserve much faster than if you were to file Illinois workers compensation claim alone.
A work injury can be a devastating and stressful time. Ease some of your stress by hiring a Chicago workers compensation lawyer right away.