People who work in the construction industry have helped build this country. Daily, they put on their hard hats, kiss their families goodbye, and head off to an inherently hazardous job.
Despite complying with all regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), even the safest construction sites present dangers to construction workers.
Tragic construction accident in Chicago
One such recent accident occurred in the heart of Chicago last month. Tragically, this accident resulted in a construction worker being killed when an elevated sidewalk fell. The Chicago Fire Department responded to the call and began to extract the victim from under the vaulted sidewalk that had collapsed. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Daily, construction workers face similar dangers. Any victim of a construction accident in Illinois is most likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Recovery from a construction accident is not always a quick and simple process. Many injuries require a lengthy recovery, physical therapy. They sometimes result in long-term health challenges. Not being able to earn an income, combined with overwhelming medical bills can be devastating to Illinois construction workers and their families.
Workers’ compensation benefits
Depending on the severity of the injury, worker’s comp benefits could include:
- Coverage of medical bills: This includes coverage for immediately medical treatment as well as longer-term treatments such as physical therapy.
- Vocational rehabilitation: If the worker is not able to return to regular construction duties, workers’ comp can cover education or training for a career change.
- Temporary disability: This includes partial or total disability benefits during recovery.
- Permanent disability: This could be partial or total disability benefits for lasting effects from an injury.
- Death benefits: These are paid when the injury or accident results in a fatality
The workers’ compensation process doesn’t have to be complicated and frustrating. While dealing with a workplace-related injury, helpful and experienced legal counsel can greatly increase the chances of receiving the maximum compensation allowed by Illinois state law.