Over the last thirty-four (34) years Donald Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., has secured over $100,000,000 in Workers’ Compensation benefits for thousands of union workers. Because of our extensive experience, we are able to guide union members through the particular legal and practical problems they face after being injured on-the-job.
For example, in the building trades, few employers create light or restricted duty jobs to accommodate injured workers. Unfortunately, most treating doctors are unfamiliar (or in some cases unconcerned) about this policy and will release injured workers to return to work with restrictions. Upon receipt of such a release, the employer Compensation insurance carrier will either refuse to pay, or stop the injured workers weekly disability benefits. In these situations, it is our responsibility to do whatever is legally necessary to insure that the injured worker’s benefits are reinstated as quickly as possible.We also, aggressively pursue all available remedies in addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits on behalf of injured union workers including:
RETALIATORY DISCHARGE LAWSUITS – Section IV of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides that it is unlawful for an employer to fire, layoff or refuse to rehire any worker in retaliation for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim.If it can be proven that you were fired for taking advantage of your rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act, we can file a retaliatory discharge lawsuit against your employer.There are no limits in the amount of damages in retaliatory discharge lawsuits as opposed to Workers’ Compensation claims which are limited by state law.
THIRD PARTY LAWSUITS – Injured workers could have the right to receive substantial monetary damages, in addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits if the facts of the accident establish that a third party, someone other than the employer or a co-worker, was, in part, legally responsible for the accident. Some of the most common type of Third Party lawsuit that we file, on behalf of injured union workers include:
Construction Site Accidents
Union building tradesmen are frequently employed by subcontractors who, in turn, are hired by a general contractor. If a worker is injured as a result of negligent conduct by an employee of another subcontractor, the injured worker could have a Third Party case against the subcontractor or possibly, the owner of the property where the accident occurred.
Products Liability Lawsuits
Union workers frequently sustain injuries as a result of defective equipment or tools such as ladders, power drills or power saws. This type of case is referred to as a Products Liability lawsuit which could be filed against the manufacturer and/or distributor of the defective item.
Union truckers are frequently involved in accidents caused as a result of a negligent driver. In these instances, the trucker would have a Third Party lawsuit against the negligent driver of the other vehicle involved. The trucker would also have a Workers’ Compensation claim against his employer’s, or their own, Workers’ Compensation insurance company if they are working as an independent contractor.
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