Posted On: September 3, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Chicago Worker Fatality: Sister of Forest Park Mechanic Allegedly Killed by Street Sweeper Sues Companies for Over $600,000

The sister of Forest Park street sweeper Brian P. Miller is suing Elgin Sweeping Services Inc., Elgin Sweeper Company, and Schwarze Industries for his Chicago wrongful death. The 37-year-old man was allegedly killed last year when the street sweeper he was repairing fell on him. Now, Keri Goff is seeking over $600,000 in Cook County wrongful death recovery.

Miller was employed by Hunter Maintenance & Leasing Corporation at the time of the tragic Chicago work accident. According to police, on October 21, 2009, they arrived to find Miller stuck in the compressor of one of the trucks in the company’s rear lot. He was already unresponsive.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says that Miller died after he got trapped in the sweeper. According to autopsy findings, Miller died from multiple injuries that he sustained from being pinned in the compressor.

In her Cook County wrongful death complaint, Goff accuses Elgin Sweeping Services of a number of negligent acts, including the improper repair, removal, modification, and alteration of safety pins and the improper repair of the street sweeper. Elgin Sweeper Company and Schwarze Industries designed and distributed the vehicles.

Family members who’ve lost loved ones in work accidents cannot sue the employer for Chicago wrongful death. The deceased’s spouse and children, however, are usually entitled to Illinois survivors benefits. If there is no eligible wife/husband and kids, then there may be other family members that qualify. They also may be able to sue third parties that are not the deceased’s employer for wrongful death.

Workers injured on the job are usually entitled to Chicago workers’ compensation. An experienced Cook County workers’ compensation law firm can help you obtain all of the benefits that you are owed.

Family of man crushed by sweeper files suit, WLS-AM 890

Street Sweeping Truck Accidentally Crushes Park Forest Man, eNews Park Forest, October 23, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

Survivors Benefits Cases Filed in Illinois, Justia

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