In this booming economy, construction jobs are on the rise. With more people employed in construction, however, the number of injuries is likely to increase also. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits can help workers recover from most construction-related injuries.
Construction Jobs by the Numbers
According to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost 7 million people worked in the construction industry in 2016. In 2017, there were 3.1 recordable cases of injury or fatality per 100 construction workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that 20.7% of worker fatalities in 2017 occurred in the construction field.
In Illinois, construction workers had the second highest number of injuries and fatalities in all industries. Although the numbers are down slightly, construction work continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations.
Types of Construction-Related Injuries
According to OSHA, workers are most likely to be hurt in the following ways:
- Struck by an object,
- Electrocution, and
Some of the most common construction-related injuries are:
- Head injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Cuts and lacerations,
- Broken bones,
- Repetitive motion and lifting,
- Hearing loss,
- Loss of vision, and
A construction worker injured on-the-job may be eligible for benefits.
Where Workers’ Compensation Fits In
In Illinois, most workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, and most employees are required to buy workers’ compensation insurance. Eligible workers must report their injuries to their employers. The employer’s insurer should begin paying benefits. However, workers can ask the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to step in if benefits are denied.
Some workers are not covered by workers’ compensation. For example, someone working as an independent contractor may not qualify for benefits. However, speak with an Illinois workers’ comp attorney before assuming you don’t qualify.
Failing to file a claim or lawsuit before the deadline could mean you have lost your chance for compensation. However, don’t make that decision by yourself. Talk to an experienced attorney because your case may not be over yet.
For assistance, talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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