Posted On: February 11, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Refinery Worker Claims His Filing for Workers’ Compensation Led to His Dismissal

A refinery worker says he was fired after he filed a claim for workers’ compensation even though the company that he worked for is supposed to provide these benefits to workers injured on the job. Eduardo Perez, a refinery worker, filed his lawsuit against Starcon International Inc.

Pedraza says he sustained his work injury while lifting a heavy slap of sheet metal weighing at least 100 pounds at a BP Refinery. The injury required him to constantly be under doctor care. In his lawsuit, he claims that when he was finally able to go back to work, Oziel Gonzalez told him that he had lost his job.

Working in a refinery can be hard and dangerous work. Refinery workers are constantly working in and around hazardous situations that can cause serious and painful, life changing injuries in an event of an accident.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Most workers are not allowed to sue their employers for personal injury, which is one of the reasons Illinois workers’ compensation benefits exist. Workers’ compensation is supposed to cover medical costs while providing wages to the employee while he or she recovers. Depending on the seriousness of the injuries, other benefits may apply. Workers do not have to prove liability on their employers’ part and they should never be fired for seeking to avail of their work injury benefits. Unfortunately, some insurers and employers will try to get out of paying these benefits to an injured worker.

It is important that you know about your legal rights.

Refinery worker claims heavy lifting caused injury, SexTexasRecord, February 4, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Your right to workers' compensation

Illinois Industrial Commission

Hiring an experienced Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer also increases your chances of receiving the maximum work injury benefits that you are owed.

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