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Construction Accidents Can Result in Significant Workers' Compensation Benefits

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workers' compensation benefits, Crystal Lake Workers' Compensation LawyersThe combination of power tools, vehicles, heavy machinery, unfinished structures, loud noises and open excavations make construction sites extremely dangerous places to work. In fact, the construction industry is regularly cited as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work, and thousands of construction workers are injured in incidents that occur at construction sites each year.

Thankfully, for people who are hurt in construction site accidents, Illinois' workers' compensation program entitles those injured at work to significant benefits, regardless of fault. Therefore, most workers are able to have their medical expenses paid for and will likely be able to recover a portion of their lost wages.

In addition, people who develop temporary or permanent disability can recover additional benefits as well. Because obtaining these kinds of benefits can be difficult and require establishing your injuries with a significant amount of evidence, it is important for victims of workplace accidents to retain an attorney familiar with Illinois workers' compensation law.

What Kinds of Injuries Can Construction Workers Sustain in Accidents?

Construction sites often contain a wide variety of hazards that are capable of causing significant injuries and can result in significant workers' compensation benefits. Types of construction site injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury – TBIs occur when a bump or jolt to a person's head causes a disruption in the way the brain normally functions. These kinds of injuries can often occur in vehicle accidents, falls, slips, accidents involving work tools, and explosions. When serious, TBI victims can experience significant adverse effects and may be unable to return to work or live independently.

  • Burns – Burns can occur in a variety of construction site accidents. For example, a burn can be the result of a fire, explosion, electric shock, or exposure to harmful chemicals. Burns can be extremely painful and can often leave victims with significant scarring that can have a negative impact on a person's emotional well-being.

  • Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries are among the most commonly sustained type of injury in construction site accidents. These kinds of injuries can range from minor to severe, and include injuries like bruises, lacerations, muscle tears and abrasions.

  • Amputations – The types of machinery and tools that are often found at a construction site have the potential to remove a person's limbs or to cause damage sufficient to necessitate the surgical removal of one or more. Amputations often entitle victims to significant benefits under the workers' compensation statute.

Contact a Crystal Lake Workers' Compensation Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

Anyone who has been hurt in a workplace accident at a construction site, or any other type of workplace, should retain an attorney as soon as possible. Importantly, there are no up-front costs associated with hiring one of our skilled Crystal Lake workers' compensation lawyers, so do not hesitate to contact us today. To schedule a free appointment with an attorney, call our office today at 800-338-3833.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

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