Some workplaces are more dangerous than others. Take construction worksites, for instance. The employees there face a number of hazards. In fact, 31 construction workers were killed at work in 2016. Fortunately, Illinois has workers’ comp for constructions workers who are injured, become ill, or pass away because of injuries suffered at work. They just need to know how to get the benefits that they deserve.
Workers’ Comp Benefits Fundamentals
Most employers in Illinois must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Most workers in Illinois are eligible to receive benefits. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (the “Act”) makes these benefits possible. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (the “Commission”) reviews applications, handles appeals when claims are disputed, and generally enforces the Act.
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Are all workers covered by Workers’ Comp?
In Illinois, workers’ compensation insurance usually covers the following types of employees:
- People who perform a service.
- Temporary workers, but the temp agency pays for the insurance.
- Unpaid workers, including interns.
- Some independent contractors.
As for location, Illinois workers’ comp laws apply to the following employees:
- Workers whose on-the-job injuries occurred in Illinois;
- Employees whose work mainly occurs within Illinois; and
- Workers with a contract of hire originating in Illinois.
What kind of injuries does Workers’ Comp cover for construction workers?
It really depends on the workers’ duties. However, the list below is some of the common ways a construction worker might be injured:
- Falls can lead to cuts, lacerations, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries.
- Repetitive motions and lifting can lead to sprains, strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other musculoskeletal damage.
- Noisy work environments may cause hearing loss or stress-related conditions.
- Outdoor hazards can lead to heat stroke, frostbite, and even amputations.
- Toxic chemicals can lead to respiratory problems, cancer, and even vision loss.
Construction workers can claim workers’ comp benefits as long as they meet other qualifying factors. The most important thing, though, is that the injury happened at work.
Workers’ Comp for Construction Workers is Available
Injured workers just have to know how to get the benefits they deserve. A Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can help.
With over 20 years’ experience, Osvaldo Rodriguez has the skills to handle your case from start to finish. To schedule your free initial consultation, or just ask a question, call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the form on the Contact Us page.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C., we represent clients throughout the state of Illinois. This includes Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake and Cook, DuPage, Will, and Kane Counties.
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