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Chicago Lawyers Helping Injured Workers in Illinois

Construction workers face dangers in the workplace on a routine basis.  It is common for serious injuries to occur on the job, and construction workers in Illinois who suffer harm in construction site accidents may file a workers’ compensation claim for medical costs and benefits.  At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we help injured workers seek the compensation to which they may be legally entitled.  Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers represent people who have been injured in a wide range of workplace accidents, and we have handled these types of cases for many years.

Construction Site Accidents May Cause Serious Harm

Common injuries suffered by construction workers include falls, electrocution, and power tool injuries.  Working atop scaffolding and cranes also threatens the safety of construction site workers and may result in injuries or death. Many of these falls are preventable.

The Occupational Health Safety Administration (OSHA) sets forth regulations for employers that dictate appropriate safety gear and equipment to prevent falls and other accidents. Fall protection measures may include stair railings, safety harnesses, and liners. In addition to fall protection, contractors must keep work sites free of known dangers.

After being hurt while working on a construction site, injured workers may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under Illinois law.  The workers’ compensation system offers medical care coverage, reimbursement for lost income, and other benefits to people who have been hurt in an accident.  If a construction site accident has resulted in the death of a loved one, the relatives of the deceased worker may also recover benefits through workers’ compensation.

The first step in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim is demonstrating eligibility.  An injured worker must have been hurt in the course and scope of employment.  The injury, in other words, must “arise out of” their employment.  Additionally, the injury must have been reported to the employer and its insurer in a timely manner.  Generally, the employer must cover the cost of medical care related to the construction site injury.

There may be hurdles when applying for benefits, particularly if the workers’ compensation insurer contends that the worker’s accident was not job-related.  Medical coverage and treatment may be disputed as well. It is important for injured individuals to document through medical records and other information the true extent of their harm to prepare a strong workers’ compensation claim and appeal any denied coverage or benefits.

In some circumstances, construction site accidents may be caused by a third party, rather than the employer. General contractors, engineers, and property owners may have caused an injury by providing faulty machines, for example, or a faulty safety harness.  When a third party has contributed to the harm, the injured employee may pursue a lawsuit against that party.  As the plaintiff in this legal claim, they would demonstrate that the negligence of this third party led to their injuries. In some situations, a violation of an OSHA regulation may be evidence of negligence. Taking immediate legal action after a construction site accident is important, since construction site conditions change daily, and evidence should be promptly gathered.

Explore Your Options with a Chicago Attorney

At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our Chicago attorneys offer dedicated legal representation to workers injured on construction sites.  As job injury lawyers, we can help you seek the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve according to Illinois law.  If a third party has contributed to your injuries, moreover, we can help you pursue a lawsuit for damages, maximizing your compensation.  We serve people in communities throughout Illinois, including in Champaign, Aurora, Springfield, and Quincy, as well as other areas of Champaign, Kane, Cook, Adams, Sangamon, and Winnebago Counties.  We have successfully handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases.  For a free consultation, reach us online or by phone at (800) 444-1525.