Becoming hurt in a workplace injury can be a traumatic experience. You may be worried that your employer is going to retaliate against you if you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, you have the right to collect benefits while you are unable to work and should not be plagued with the fear of financial insecurity.A construction area can be an potentially hazardous work place. Construction workers are challenged to be aware of their surroundings during their working hours. They need to watch out for falling objects, be aware of moving hazards all while getting the job done with excellence and precision. In addition to the construction worker, the people responsible for the worker’s safety have an obligation to ensure all safety measures are in place. If you are injured while using defective or unsafe equipment, you may be entitled to compensation beyond your workers’ compensation benefits. Most accidents involving unsafe equipment are caused by a failure to maintain the equipment in good condition. In all cases, it is the responsibility of the owner of the equipment to maintain it properly.
Additionally, at construction sites where heavy machinery and equipment is prevalent, workers are more frequently exposed to unsafe equipment and thus are at a high risk for injury. The State of Illinois maintains a good workers’ compensation program that issues decent benefits for injured workers. It is important that you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled when you have suffered a workplace accident. Unfortunately, obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be discouraging and intimidating. Mistakes in applying for benefits can cause your application to be denied. This can leave you injured and out of work, with no income for you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today for a FREE consultation.