A worker from Carol Stream was killed and another man was seriously injured as he went to help after a wall collapsed Saturday at the Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago Assembly Plant on the Far South Side, authorities said.
A section of a 8-by-8-foot concrete wall collapsed, killing 45-year-old John J. Jaloway and injuring a 48-year-old man, who was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, fire officials said.
Jaloway was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Chicago police Officer Kevin Quaid, a department spokesman.
An autopsy conducted Sunday determined that he died of multiple blunt force injuries due to the collapse of the concrete wall, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. The death was ruled an accident, the office said.
As the investigation unfolds, more and more details will be released, but until then, what about...now? What about the workers affected...and what about their families? How will they cope & struggle through this terrible accident?
An absolutely terrible accident, which has forever altered lives and families. It's more important than ever to ensure thee injured worker, as well as the deceased workers' families, receive their full, rightful compensation.
Death benefits are payable to the dependents of the employee. Benefits are first payable to the surviving spouse for life or until remarriage. Dependent children are entitled to the benefits until they reach age 18, or age 25 if they are actually dependent. Others may qualify, if there is a showing of actual dependency. Upon remarriage, if there are no dependent children, the surviving spouse is entitled to a two-year lump sum settlement. Burial expenses not to exceed twelve times the statewide average weekly wage in effect at the time of death are paid in addition to the weekly death benefits.
We at Loney & Schueller are dedicated to fighting for you, the injured worker, and if the worst should happen...are dedicated to fighting for your family to ensure they are properly compensated. While we can't alleviate the physical & emotional burden of a work-related injury, we pledge to you our devotion to get you your rightful financial compensation.
If you've been injured while on the job, call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485, or visit us at Loneylaw.com.