Located southwest of northern Illinois, Will County has nearly 700,000 residents, with most living in the major cities of Naperville and Joliet. As one of Illinois’ first formed counties (1836), Will County is adjacent to Kankakee, DuPage, Cook, Lake, Grundy, Kendall and Kane counties.
Residents and visitors can travel through Will County along numerous major interstate highways including I-55, I-57, I-80 and I-355. In addition, the county has four major U.S. highways and a dozen Illinois routes crisscrossing the area. Commuters have access to the Metra rail lines that connect many portions of Will County with Chicago Loop.
Many of the larger communities in Will County include Aurora, Juliet, Naperville, Wilmington, Lockport, Crest Hill, Braidwood, Bolingbrook, Orland Park, Rockdale, Tinley Park and Woodridge. Energy pipelines serving the Midwest as a major hub for natural gas supply much of the local economy. Major pipeline companies in the county include Alliance Pipeline, Kinder Morgan, Vector Pipeline, TransCanada and Enbridge.
Hiring Will County Personal Injury Attorneys
Unfortunately, many workers in Will County are injured every year on the job when exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxins. In fact, many work-related accidents involve:
- Exposure to hazards on industrial sites, construction projects and office complexes
- Manufacturing accidents that involve heavy machinery, equipment and conveyor belts
- Injuries from falling
- Vehicle accidents involving commercial truckers, couriers and fleet drivers
- Exposure to chemical burns, fires and explosions
- Slip and falls happening on slippery stairways, ladders and flooring materials
While many on-the-job injuries are covered by workers’ compensation through the worker’s employer, a claim does not always provide adequate recompense to cover the victim’s injuries and disabilities associated with the accident. As a result, many victims will hire Will County personal injury attorneys to file a claim or lawsuit against a third party.
In addition to filing a claim against the employer, victims can file against third parties that might also be responsible for the accident with injuries. These third parties could include manufacturers of defective products and equipment, suppliers of faulty machinery, equipment rental companies that do not properly maintain their equipment or when injured on a site not controlled by the employer.
Denying the Claim
Sometimes, insurance carriers and employers will try to minimize benefits provided to an injured worker or deny the claim altogether. In many incidences, the insurance carrier might claim that the injuries of the employee are not valid or severe.
The employer might attempt to divert responsibility by claiming that the injury happened at a time when the victim was not working on the job. Denying or minimizing a claim increases the profit for the insurance carrier or allows the employer to avoid escalating premiums that could be the result of paying benefits against the employer’s policy.
Filing for Compensation
All workers injured on the job are entitled to receive full recompense for their injuries. Additionally, surviving family members whose loved one was killed on the job have the legal right to seek compensation for their loss. Under Illinois tort law, victims and surviving family members have a legal right to pursue recompense from every party at fault for their injuries as long as a claim or lawsuit is filed before the expiration of the state’s statute of limitations. Because of the time constraint, it is essential to speak with an attorney right away to file a claim.
Our Chicago Injury Center website offers valuable information on how to seek adequate compensation from every party at fault for your injuries. We can immediately connect you with our personal injury attorneys who specialize in work-related accidents.
For a free initial consultation, call our law office at today. We currently accept work accident personal injury cases on contingency. This means all payments for our legal services are diverted until the end of the case. We are paid only through a negotiated settlement or a jury award at the end of the successful trial.