Construction is one of the most important industries in Illinois. Without the workers, the industry and the state’s economy, could not thrive. All construction employees deserve fair and safe working conditions. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, construction workers are injured or killed in accidents that should have been avoided.
At Tuite Law, our Illinois construction accident lawyers are committed advocates for injured victims and their family members. We have experience handling the full range of construction accidents cases — from workers’ compensation claims to third-party liability lawsuits. Here, our legal team offers an overview of the most important things you need to know about construction accidents and the legal claims process.
1. Common types of construction accidents
Construction accidents come in many different forms. Though, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dubbed four relatively common types of construction accidents as the “Fatal Four”: worker falls from height, people being struck by objects, electrocutions, and workers being caught in between machinery or equipment. These are the construction accidents that severely injure or kill the highest number of people. (READ MORE)
2. What to do after an accident
Following a construction accident, injured victims need to be ready to take immediate action to protect their rights. If you were injured while working at a construction site, you should be sure to seek professional medical attention, report your accident to your supervisor, and contact a qualified Illinois construction accident attorney. If you were injured in a construction accident as a non-employee, you should be sure to notify the company or site foreman of the accident instead of a supervisor. (READ MORE)
3. Does workers' compensation cover all costs?
In Illinois, the no-fault workers’ compensation insurance program provides critically important financial benefits to injured construction employees. Compensation is available for all reasonable and necessary medical care that is related to the accident and it is available for lost wages. Beyond that, if you suffered an especially severe injury, you may also be entitled to compensation for long-term disability or permanent physical impairment.
However, compensation is generally not available for pain and suffering or other intangible damages. In this way, workers’ compensation comes up short. Though, there might be other options available for injured workers. If your construction accident was caused by the negligence of a party other than your employer (a different company, a subcontractor, a machine manufacturer, etc.), you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering through a third-party liability lawsuit. (READ MORE)
4. Do I have a case?
In Illinois, workers’ compensation benefits are available on a no-fault basis. To receive benefits, you must simply be able to prove the existence and severity of your injuries and that the injury was connected to your job. You do not have to prove that your employer was at fault. On the other hand, for personal injury lawsuits — including for third-party liability claims — you must prove fault (negligence) in order to recover compensation. (READ MORE)
5. How can we help with your construction accident?
At Tuite Law, our top-rated Illinois construction accident lawyers have extensive experience representing injured victims. We will conduct a free, comprehensive review of your construction accident claim. Our legal team will explain your rights to, help you assess your legal options, and take whatever action is necessary to help recover the maximum possible financial compensation. Depending on the nature of your claim, this could include filing a workers’ compensation claim, filing a personal injury lawsuit, or both.
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