Kirk has spent over two decades fighting to get injury victims and their families the maximum amount of compensation available after a workplace injury or a tragic accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Kirk has obtained tens of millions of dollars in damages for injured individuals in North Chicago and throughout Lake County. If you need a North Chicago workers’ compensation attorney and personal injury lawyer, you need Kirk Moyer.
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Like every state, Illinois has a workers’ compensation system that allows workers injured on the job to obtain medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits without having to file a lawsuit or prove fault. The trade-off for workers, however, is that if their employer participates in Illinois’ workers’ compensation program, they are largely barred from filing a personal injury lawsuit against the employer.
The problem for injured workers is that workers’ compensation benefits are often inadequate to cover all the costs incurred after a work injury and do not include items such as compensation for pain and suffering that would be available in a civil personal injury lawsuit.
While their employees may not sue employers who carry workers’ compensation insurance for work injuries, there are some situations where an employee may file a personal injury lawsuit against parties other than their employer who may be responsible for their injuries. Workers’ compensation does not prohibit such claims, so how you were injured can determine whether you may have the ability to seek damages above and beyond the benefits available through workers’ compensation.
Examples of situations where a worker may have a third-party personal injury claim include:
- Injuries caused by a defective or unreasonably dangerous machine or a piece of equipment can be the basis of a suit against the manufacturer of the equipment;
- Similarly, if the injury was caused by a toxic chemical or substance, the manufacturer of the material may be liable;
- If another individual, such as the driver of another car, caused the injury while you were in the course of your employment, you can make a claim against that person.