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Wrongful death alleged in Illinois chemical burn suit

The relatives of a Cook County man filed a wrongful death suit last year against the company where he was temporarily employed. According to their claim, the company was negligent in failing to prevent an accident that resulted in fatal burns over much of the man's body.

The company has responded, arguing that the man's conduct was the cause of his death, not their negligence. He should have known about the dangers of the chemicals used at the facility, they said.

However, that does not account for the more than 90-minute window of time between the burns and the time he arrived at a hospital. According to an investigation, officials did not immediately call an ambulance after he was burned but had him taken to an occupational health clinic that was not equipped to handle such a severe injury.

Work injury claims can be difficult for both plaintiffs and courts because there are different standards, regulations and areas of law involved. Workers' compensation programs are intended to take work injury claims out of traditional courts but civil claims may still exist if the accident resulted in a death or if a third party played a role in the accident.

If you have been seriously injured or even lost a loved one as a result of an accident at a dangerous workplace, it is important to enlist the assistance of someone who can help. Consider contacting a personal injury attorney with experienced in workers' compensation and wrongful death claims. He or she can help you review the circumstances of the accident, build a case and pursue any damages to which you may be entitled.

Source: WBEZ, "Company: Temporary worker to blame for his fatal burns," Chip Mitchell, Jan. 7, 2013

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