Benefits for Road Construction Workers
As a road construction worker, you’re perpetually in danger of work injuries. You may be involved with installing signs and barricades, installing cones, acting as a flagman for traffic, using jackhammers to break up concrete, using asphalt heaters or cement mixers or other equipment, and cleaning up a work site. You may have been involved in an apprenticeship program, but in many cases, there is still the risk of getting injured due to lack of training or third parties. If you were injured on the job as a road construction worker, you should discuss whether you have a viable claim with the experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca.Dangers Faced by Road Construction Workers in Chicago
Common risks our lawyers notice that road construction workers face include:
- Slip and falls
- Harm from malfunctioning equipment
- Toxic exposures
- Transportation accidents.
These can result in serious, even catastrophic injuries, or in some cases, fatalities. Sometimes another worker is involved; in other cases, it may be an accident caused by your negligence. No matter who is to blame, you can recover workers’ compensation benefits as a road construction worker injured on the job.Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Road Construction Workers
Workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Medical benefits
- Temporary and total disability benefits
- Permanent and total disability benefits
- Partial disability benefits
- Vocational rehabilitation.
Every case is different. It’s important to be aware that even though you place yourself at risk every day at work, your employer and its insurer may not provide you with the full benefits to which you’re entitled.
After getting injured on the job, you should report the accident to your employer even if you think the employer already knows. You may be asked to fill out an incident report. It’s important to be truthful about what happened and the extent of your injuries.
Your employer should give notification to its insurer that you were injured on the job. You may start to receive benefits right away. However, the insurer may continue to investigate your injuries, particularly if it has doubts about the treatment your doctor is recommending or it believes you are malingering. In some cases, insurers start paying disability benefits while a worker is unable to work, only to stop paying them unexpectedly once it discovers information that it believes should lead to a denial.
You should not assume a denial of your workers’ compensation claim is valid. In some cases, legitimate claims are denied by insurers interested in protecting profits. Certain aspects of your claim may be accepted, while others are denied. If you believe there may be some question about your claim after a road construction accident, you should consult lawyers about your claim.Third Party Lawsuit for Road Construction Injuries
In some cases, road construction injuries are the result of an accident, such as one caused by a negligent driver or manufacturer of equipment. Sometimes drivers grow impatient or frustrated with road work and fail to abide by signals and run over or strike a road construction worker in so doing. Most often, when we pursue damages in a third party lawsuit, we need to establish the defendant or multiple defendants’ liability. We may need to show negligence by proving it’s more likely than not that the defendant owed you a duty to behave reasonably on the road but did not, and thereby caused your injuries and damages.Consult Attorneys About Your Chicago Road Construction Accident
If you are a road construction worker who was injured on the job, call us. Our seasoned attorneys have more than 60 years of experience. We represent road construction workers in workers’ compensation claims in Rockford, Aurora, Champaign, and Quincy, along with Winnebago, Kane, Sangamon, Cook, and Adams Counties. We’ve got you covered: our firm can also represent you in a third party lawsuit or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. Call us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or complete our online form.