With stores gearing up for a big customer turnout for holiday and post holiday shopping, it is an unfortunate truth that retailers prioritize inventory over worker safety. As a result, the very workers who keep stores hazard free for guests are routinely working in unsafe environments. This is probably why the illness and injury rate for retail workers was higher than the construction site industry in 2016.
When you suffer an injury at work, one of the main requirements you will need to explain on your claim is that the injury or ailment had occurred while on the job. Typically, this is not an issue, but you will want strong evidence of your injury claim if it is challenged or if your employer decides to dispute your claim to avoid financial responsibility.
Sometimes a dispute arises regarding a claim for workers' compensation benefits. When this happens, it may be possible for workers and employers in Illinois to negotiate the dispute, resulting in what is known as a "settlement contract." This is an agreement between the employer and worker that states how much money will be paid in exchange for closing the claim.
Workers across the United States deserve to be safe while on-the-job. However, it is the unfortunate case that workplace injuries and illnesses will occur in just about any job industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 there were around 2.8 million incidents in the private sector where someone was injured or made ill on-the-job. This is almost 45,800 fewer incidents than what took place in 2016.
Workplace injuries are not always as blunt as a head injury or other impact wound – sometimes they develop slowly over time. However they occur, they still cause workers pain and interfere with their wellbeing during and outside of work.
While some jobs, like working in the manufacturing or construction industries, present inherent dangers, the fact of the matter is that just about anyone in Illinois can be injured on the job. For example, a worker who strains to lift a heavy box could injure their back. Or, a person who types at a computer all day every day could develop a repetitive stress injury.