Accidents can happen in any workplace, but when workers are surrounded by heavy equipment and hazardous conditions, a simple accident is more likely to lead to serious injury.
This is why construction is an especially dangerous line of work.
When construction workers are injured, they often require significant medical treatment, including surgeries, extensive rehabilitation and may need to use equipment to assist them in moving around. Some of the injuries can take a very long time to recover from and sometimes people never recover and will be dealing with the injuries for the rest of their lives. Between the medical bills and lost income due to not being able to work, it can create very difficult financial problems in addition to the physical ones.
When people are injured in construction accidents they may be able to receive compensation to help pay for these costs. They could receive this through workers’ compensation benefits or potentially a personal injury lawsuit. Almost everyone injured on the job is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, but the amount a person can receive may not cover all the costs. There are some situations in which people could also file a personal injury lawsuit, which does not have the same monetary limitations as workers’ compensation.
Construction workers in Illinois rely on their jobs to earn an income and provide for themselves and their families. However, if they are injured in a construction accident, they may not be able to work, which will result in lost income in addition to the medical bills. People may be able to receive compensation, but the amount they will be able to receive depends on whether they will only receive workers’ compensation benefits or if they can file a personal injury lawsuit.