b2ap3_thumbnail_mchenry-county-workers-comp-lawyer_20220628-144016_1.jpgConstruction workers have a vital role in our modern society. Building, repairing, and demolishing structures and roads is no easy task, and dangerous hazards are around every corner. Although many rules and safety requirements are put in place to reduce the chances of construction site injuries and deaths, construction remains an industry with a high rate of worker injuries. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt on a construction site job, contact a work injury lawyer for help.

Getting Compensation for Your Medical Bills and Lost Wages

Construction site injuries can occur for countless reasons. Falling off of a structure, ledge, or scaffolding, being struck by falling debris, and equipment malfunctions are just some of the ways workers can be seriously injured or killed. Workers can suffer brain and spine injuries, broken bones, organ damage, amputation injuries, and other injuries that require significant medical intervention and time off work. This can become very expensive very quickly. Fortunately, Illinois employees who are hurt on the job are usually entitled to workers’ compensation.

Workers’ comp covers medical expenses and part of the injured worker’s wages, however it may not be the only legal avenue available. Construction workers may also be able to file a third-party injury claim against the at-fault party. Illinois law prevents employees from suing employers. However, if another party, such as a property owner or contractor, is at fault, the worker may be able to sue that party for damages.

Third-party injury claims may allow for the recovery of greater damages than a workers’ compensation claim alone may provide. Workers may be able to get compensation for their full lost wages and medical expenses. They may also be entitled to compensation for physical pain, mental and emotional suffering, reduced quality of life caused by the injuries, disfigurement and scarring, and more. Personal injury claims against third parties are also an alternative for workers that do not classify as employees. Independent contractors are not entitled to workers’ compensation, but they may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim.

Contact a Crystal Lake Work Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were hurt in a construction site accident, contact Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC for help. Our McHenry County injury attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. We can help you explore all of your options for compensation and take the steps needed to maximize your recovery. Call us at 815-338-3838 for a free consultation.



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