Compensation for Mechanics | Chicago Injured Mechanic Attorneys
When people think about especially dangerous jobs, they probably imagine miners, roadway workers, or offshore workers.
Mechanics may not readily come to mind. The truth, though, is that mechanics face a number of serious and sometimes extreme risks to their health and safety – and they suffer injury and death at higher rates than most people realize.
In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 150 mechanics die on the job every year in America, and another 15,000 suffer significant injuries.
Those are astounding statistics. This country could not function without mechanics – we depend on them in virtually every aspect of our lives. But their indispensable services come at a price. These are brave, hardworking professionals who face incredible risks on an almost daily basis.
Among all mechanics, automotive technicians face an especially high rate of injury. As of 2005, more than 950,000 automotive technicians were operating in the United States. That sounds like a lot of people, but consider that these same technicians maintain and repair over 135 million cars, trucks, trains, buses, and other vehicles.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fewer than 300,000 of those nearly one million automotive technicians are ASE-certified. Of course, many non-certified mechanics are still extremely qualified for their jobs, but that disparity does show that the mechanic industry is extremely fragmented. There are very few consistent safety standards in place, and that probably accounts (in part) for the high rate of injury.
Because the standards for safety, ventilation, and environmental practices are so different from shop to shop, some mechanics’ employers are placing them at far greater risk than others.
When mechanics suffer an injury on the job, they are generally able to recover financially through the state Workers’ Compensation system. Unfortunately, that system is extremely difficult to navigate, and victims typically end up with very small sums of money.
At Malman Law, we work hard to change that. As Chicago injured mechanic lawyers, we fight to maximize the amount of compensation that our clients will receive. To help in achieving that, we take the burden of paperwork and procedure off of our clients’ shoulders and handle that whole headache for them instead – often with greatly improved results.
We are proud to have successfully settled the overwhelming majority of our claims with favorable outcomes for our clients. We’d like to do the same in your case. Contact the Chicago injured mechanic attorneys at Malman Law today.
Common Mechanic Injuries in Chicago, Illinois
Mechanics work in so many different settings that they’re at risk for virtually every kind of workplace injury. Common accidents and injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
- Fractured or broken bone
- Mechanical malfunction
- Severe burns
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Cosmetic disfigurement
- Crushing injuries
- Pinching injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Auto accidents
- Traumatic brain injury
- Stress and/or strain injuries
- Contusions from falling tools or equipment
- Slip and fall
- Trip and fall
- Falling from tall heights
- Toxic exposure
- Job-related illnesses (including chronic illness, cancer, etc.)
- Insect bites or animal attacks (when vending private homes or working outside)
- Injuries caused by manufacturer defects
- Elevator injuries
- Construction accidents
- Much more
As longstanding Chicago injured mechanic attorneys, we’ve seen virtually every kind of workplace accident. We’re available to help with cases that range from routine, everyday injuries to catastrophic accidents.
We also offer our services to grieving families in cases involving wrongful death. Certain family members may be entitled to compensation after a loved one dies in the course of his or her job duties (or in any accident caused by negligence). We can help.
What if You Own Your Business?
Many mechanics are small business owners who run their own operations. Naturally, that makes Workers’ Compensation claims more difficult. Don’t give up hope, though. You may have a number of options for recovering compensation, especially in cases involving someone else’s negligence.
The outcome of any potential legal action will very much depend on the circumstances surrounding your business and your injury. We invite you to contact our office and have a confidential conversation with our Chicago injured mechanic attorneys as soon as possible.
Contact Our Chicago Mechanic Workers’ Comp Attorneys Today
Malman Law is dedicated to justice for injured employees in Chicago, even those who can’t currently afford to hire a lawyer on their own. Our firm’s Zero Fee Guarantee means that you only have to pay us if we get you money – and not before then. Our total fees are based on a percentage of your total recovery. You have nothing to lose.
To get started, fill out our online request form or simply call 888-836-5975. We look forward to talking with you soon.