One 47-year-old male worker is dead, and four other workers have been injured, in a Chicago parking garage fire. On Saturday, December 29th, black smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the 10-story garage located in the River North district. At the time, a total of five people employed by a roofing contractor were in an elevator penthouse area performing winter preparations. The cause of the fire is still unknown. According to Chicago fire Battalion Chief Cynthia Herring, the four workers who survived were all transported to area hospitals in serious or critical condition.
The death of a worker in the course of employment is a serious matter. A family often finds themselves grieving the tragic loss of a loved one, while also dealing with the uncertainty of what caused it. While investigations of this nature are generally carried out at an expedited pace, they still take time. A cause of death must be determined before a family may receive life insurance proceeds in order to properly lay a lost loved one to rest, as well as address ongoing expenses. It is a stressful situation in which no family should be forced to navigate alone.
If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a work-related accident it is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Doing so can provide relief in knowing that someone is watching out for your best interests as you go through the motions of picking up the pieces. It is often hard to think clearly while experiencing the stages of grief.
An attorney can work diligently at making sure an investigation is handled professionally and expediently, while also gathering facts and preserving evidence to determining if your family is due compensation.