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Illinois Worker Killed in Forklift Accident

April 22, 2010 @ 03:23 PM — by Mark Johnson


Working around heavy moving equipment on a construction site is dangerous and may be deadly.

This Illinois construction accident took place on a job site just shortly before midnight. A man was killed when he was hit in the head by a forklift. Jesus Hernandez-Blas was working in an industrial park when the accident took place.

Hernandez-Blas, 26-years old at the time of the accident, was hit in the head while he was walking to another part of the job site. The police and EMS crews are unable to explain why he was hit and the forklift operator will undergo drug and alcohol testing. Police will also be trying to figure out why the forklift operator didn’t see Hernandez-Blas who was pronounced dead at the scene despite attempts to revive him.

Whether or not the forklift operator was under the influence of something will be a question the police will want answered. There are other issues here as well that need clarification, such as how fast was the forklift going, was it properly maintained and was the operator supposed to be where he was when the accident happened. There may also be the question of how experience the operator was and whether or not he had a proper license.

The Hernandez-Blas family will need to talk to a dedicated personal injury attorney about the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  The family will, most certainly, qualify for workers compensation benefits. They have been left without any source of income and will be financially devastated. The attorney will be able to assess the value of the case and let the family know when they will need to file in order to be within the legal time limits.

The family might want to know they could possibly be eligible for lawsuit funding; cash is provided without hassle and before the case is settled or otherwise resolved. Maybe litigation funding will help them pay for medical expenses, counseling, funeral expenses, maybe other vital day to day expenses, such as mortgage, tuition or car payments. A lawsuit cash advance prevents financial desperation and will permit this family, and others like it, to wait out the long legal process for an equitable verdict or a just settlement.  The application process is easy, free, and can be done by phone or on the internet.  And, if you lose your case, you keep the money, free of charge.

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