Work Related Injuries


Going to work – full-time or part-time – should not be seen as taking a risk and an activity that puts you in danger. For many American employees, however, commonplace negligence from their co-workers and a lack of standards from their employers presents hazards on a daily basis. When safety is not a primary concern and dangers are left unattended, on-the-job accidents are more likely to occur.

Many people do not fully understand what constitutes a workplace injury, though, and are not sure if they can file a claim for what happened to them. Others still are hesitant to speak up out of fear of retaliation from their boss. At Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers firmly believe that no one should have to suffer in silence, especially due to intimidation or a lack of information. We are always ready and willing to fight for the working American in need.



The important thing to realize is that if you were hurt while performing your job functions, you probably have a workers’ compensation claim, and that you are protected by whistleblower laws. You should never hesitate to take action because you are not sure of what to do next. To make things clearer for our clients, we have compiled a comprehensive list of some of the most common preventable workplace injuries.

  1. Machine entanglement: Inappropriately dangerous machines of all sorts – manufacturing equipment, balers, floor sweepers, etc. – pose a real threat to American workers, especially when proper safety training or maintenance has not been conducted.
  2. Car accidents: If your job requires you to drive from place to place for any reason – even a quick run to the store for more office supplies – and you get into an accident, you probably qualify for workers’ comp.
  3. Repetitive motion injuries: Doing the same thing again and again can lead to deterioration of joints and chronic pain; the most commonly overlooked repetitive motion injury is carpal tunnel syndrome caused by hours of typing and computer use.
  4. Falling objects: Retail or warehouse work is common in the United States, as are injuries related to falling objects and unsecured items in upper storage areas.
  5. Slip & fall: Slippery floors with no warning signs or damaged handrails near stairs are extremely common. Just because you work at the location that caused your slip & fall injury does not mean you are exempt from seeking compensation.
  6. Violent acts: Serious injuries directly tied to attacks at your workplace could be placed at your employer’s feet for not providing adequate security measures.

Perhaps the worst part about workplace injuries is knowing that you need to go up against your own employer to get compensation. They might resist whatever actions you take and enlist a team of attorneys to shut down your claims. The right course of action could be to put even more power in your own corner by retaining a Chicago personal injury attorney from our firm.

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I came to John Nisivaco after being in a hit and run accident as a pedestrian. It was a very tough time for me and my family. When we contacted John we felt much more at ease. The whole experience was alleviated by John and the firm. He was upfront with us and told us all of our options and possible outcomes. With the case, we were always informed about its progress in a timely manner. I’m glad we came to John because he made our experience with my injury much easier and it was settled very quickly. He also looked ahead and made sure that I would be able to handle my settlement responsibly. I would recommend John Nisivaco to anyone who is thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney.

DaanishPersonal Injury Client

I just want to thank you so much for helping me get through a difficult time. I trusted you completely and you didn’t let me down. You were very professional and caring. My sister is going through a similar situation with her daughter and this incident happened over 3 years ago and she has gotten nowhere. I would highly recommend Boudreau & Nisivaco. You are the best!

Donna L.

Thank you so much for all of your help regarding my settlement! I am extremely grateful for all of your hard work and professionalism. You always took the time to answer my questions, and we knew there were many (sorry about that)! Again, a zillion Thank You's!


A few years ago, I used the law firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco for a work related injury and I was very impressed with their services. I received status updates in the mail and phone calls on my case as it progressed. Even after the settlement, my lawyer continued to call me to ask how I was doing. I would definitely recommend the Boudreau & Nisivaco law firm.


We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for representing us in our workers’ compensation claim in the most professional, knowledgeable and compassionate manner possible. You were there through the tears, the pain, and the heartache, and for that we will be forever grateful. You will always be very special to us.