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Workers’ Compensation for Construction Workers

Dec 29, 2020

If you work in the construction industry, you know how risky your daily job can be. Construction is largely believed to be one of the most dangerous industries – right up there with mining, logging, and oil and gas. While construction companies should follow all safety regulations and provide every worker with adequate training and safety gear, accidents still can and do happen. Some of these construction accidents can cause life-changing injuries. 

After an injury on a construction site, getting the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve is critical. Such benefits mean that you can undergo all the medical treatment you need without having to worry about the cost. You can also take time off work you need to heal, as returning to the job site too soon might lead to reinjury or complications. Let a workers’ compensation lawyer in Illinois help with the claim process to ensure you obtain full benefits. 

Common Construction Injuries

When construction accidents happen, they can lead to serious and life-altering injuries. Some accidents that might occur on construction sites include:

  • Falls from high places, such as roofs, ladders, or cranes
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Trench or ground collapses
  • Electrical accidents
  • Power tool accidents
  • Explosions and demolition accidents
  • Motor vehicle and highway accidents
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or fibers
  • Getting hit by an object
  • Getting caught in-between objects

Any of these accidents has the potential to cause severe injuries that require emergency medical attention. Some injuries that construction workers have to deal with are:

  • Head trauma and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Internal injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Dislocations and soft tissue injuries

These types of injuries can be costly to treat, and they can often keep victims out of work for weeks or months. Some injuries result in permanent impairments that prevent a victim from ever returning to construction work again. This might mean finding a lower-paying and less enjoyable job – or not being able to work at all.

How Workers’ Compensation Can Help

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act allows injured workers to file no-fault claims for benefits after an on-the-job injury. Benefits should cover all current and future medical treatment needed for the work-related injury. Also, workers can get reimbursed for a percentage of the wages lost due to their injuries. For people who cannot return to work, it might be possible to obtain a disability settlement to help support them into the future. 

While workers’ comp helps many injured construction workers, the process can also go awry. Insurance companies can deny valid claims, delay or cancel benefits, or take other action that keeps you from the benefits you need. If this happens to you, seek legal help immediately. 

Speak with an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey helps clients working in all types of industries obtain their rightful workers’ compensation benefits after a work injury. You should not have to battle with insurance companies while you recover from your injuries – leave that to us. Contact us for a free case evaluation.

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