A work injury can occur at any job, but there is a high risk of getting hurt for construction workers. Injured construction workers in Illinois can file for workers’ compensation benefits, but the process can be intimidating and frustrating. Having an experienced Peru construction accident lawyer on their side can make a big difference. Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP can help.
Workplace injuries are common on construction sites. Construction is dangerous work, and there are many hazards. Employees work with and near heavy machinery and power tools. Brick, concrete and steel beams are moved into place. And though there are laws and regulations designed to protect workers, work accidents still happen. They can include:
- Crane accidents
- Falls from ladders or scaffolding
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Being struck by falling objects
These accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, from burns, broken bones and shoulder injuries to spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. Workers can be left with injuries that leave them temporarily-or permanently-disabled.
You Are Entitled to Compensation for Your Injuries
Workers’ compensation benefits pay for medical expenses to treat injuries from construction accidents. They also provide two-thirds of lost income while the construction worker is left unable to work.
But the employer and the insurance company can dispute the claim for benefits. For example, they may claim that the injury (for example, a back injury) was pre-existing and did not occur because of a workplace accident. They may dispute the extent of the injury and whether the employee can return to work. In some cases, they may claim that the worker is not eligible for benefits because he or she was an independent contractor, not an employee.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Fight for Justice
At Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP, we know the ways employers and insurance companies try to avoid paying the benefits that are owed to injured construction workers. And we don’t put up with them.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, we will build a strong case that proves you were an employee injured on the job, and you deserve benefits. If your claim is denied, we will fight for you at all appeals and hearings. We gather evidence such as supporting documentation and witness testimony that supports your claim. We can also help you file a personal injury lawsuit for additional compensation if a third party caused your injury.
Take steps today to protect your right to benefits. If you have suffered a work-related injury at a construction site, contact us for your free consultation.