Unfortunately, a number of construction workers are injured and even killed in Illinois and throughout the United States every year. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, a skilled Schaumburg and Wheaton construction accident attorney can help. At Therman Law Offices, we are well versed in this area of law so you can rest assured you are in good hands. With more than thirty-five years of combined experience, we have helped countless Cook County clients resolve their construction accident claims and can help you as well.Seek Compensation from Injuries Sustained in Unsafe Workplaces
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that about 4,836 workers died on the job in 2015. This translates to an average of more than 93 deaths a week and 13 deaths per day. Almost a quarter of these deaths took place in the construction industry. Construction accidents can have a number of causes including, but not limited to: insufficient training, crane accidents, poor safety precautions, harness accidents, wielding accidents, scaffolding failure, falling accidents, slip and falls, falling object accidents, and defective equipment.
Generally, an injured worker cannot sue an employer because he or she will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits provided by workers’ compensation insurance. A worker seeking workers’ compensation benefit simply needs to establish that his or her injury took place during the course of employment. Other factors, such as fault, are irrelevant.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) is the government agency in charge of handling workers’ compensation claims between employees and employers. The IWCC is an impartial court that reviews the claims. If the claim is accepted, the worker is entitled to receive benefits.
In Illinois, an injured worker is entitled to payment of “reasonable” and “necessary” medical care, subject to the limits set forth in the Illinois Medical Fee Schedule. This typically includes compensation for expenses such as medical care, surgery, hospital care, devices such as a life or wheelchair and physical therapy. Workers can also seek reimbursement for any out of pocket expenses (i.e., medication) that may be necessary to treat the injury.
If a worker is unable work due to a work-related injury, that employee may be entitled to a portion of his or her wages for a certain amount of time. When a worker is off work to heal from an injury, that employee will be entitled to receive Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits, typically two third of his or her weekly wages. When a worker is able to work but is on “light duty” while healing from the injury, that employee will be entitled to Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits. When a worker is permanently disabled or disfigured, but can work, that person will be entitled to Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits. A worker who is permanently unable to work will be entitled to Permanent Total Disability (TPD) benefits.Contact a Skilled Construction Accident Lawyer in Schaumburg or Wheaton
Construction workers should be properly trained and given proper equipment to minimize the risk of injury on the job. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a construction accident, you should speak to a seasoned Wheaton construction accident or workers’ compensation attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation. Please note that we are conveniently located in northwest Chicago near O’Hare Airport, and we also have offices in Schaumburg and Wheaton. We proudly take on clients from the Cook County area as well as Norwood Park, Edison Park, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Elmwood Park, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Rosemont and Elk Grove Village. For more information, please call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.