Construction work is undeniably a dangerous profession and too often, construction workers have to deal with hazardous working conditions. Unsurprisingly, construction site injuries are common in Illinois. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1 in 10 construction workers is injured every year. The most common dangers construction workers face are:
- Struck by an object;
- “Caught-in” accidents (when workers are caught inside or in between different objects).
At Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm, we represent workers who have suffered any type of negligence-related injury on the work site. Below we have listed the top 5 things you should do if you have been injured at a construction site in Illinois:
Seek Medical Care
Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible following your accident. With many construction site injuries, time is of the essence as far as proper diagnosis and treatment are concerned. This is not the time to be a “tough guy/girl” and hope you are feeling better the next day. Furthermore, when you seek prompt medical attention it helps to document the fact that an accident occurred and that you sustained an injury or injuries as a result. Often times, construction companies will deny that an accident occurred and will deny the details of the accident. A medical record which documents the accident and injury/injuries can serve as a very persuasive piece of evidence for your case.
Report Your Accident
Reporting your accident is one of the most important things you can do following an accident while on the job, for many reasons. In the construction industry, the reality is that many accidents go unreported. Often, workers are not legal residents and fear reporting an accident will jeopardize their job or immigration status. Other times, construction companies do not want an accident reported because it will reflect badly on their safety practices and could lead to OSHA investigations and/or penalties. Despite these concerns, an accident must be reported to your foreman, supervisor or whomever else is in charge and preferably in writing. Not only does this document the accident and exactly what happened, it also puts them on notice of a potentially unsafe condition so they can take steps to prevent others from getting injured in the same unsafe area. If you have any concerns with reporting your accident, contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm to learn more about Worker’s Compensation and your rights.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, and you are able, snap a few pictures of your injuries, where the accident occurred and the equipment or tools involved in your accident or that contributed to your injury. Also get contact information for any witnesses. If in your situation this is not possible, you should ask a co-worker to do so for you, as soon as possible. A couple of photos with a cell phone to document the unsafe conditions you were working is all that is really needed before the condition changes. Also, if you are unable, ask a co-worker to write down the names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident. This is very important because a thorough investigation must be done as quickly as possible in order to preserve evidence. Memories fade and witnesses can be influenced by external factors such as fear of repercussions. By securing their cooperation early, you are taking away the time for outside influences to do irreparable damage.
File A Workers Compensation Claim
By law in Illinois, your company must provide you with Workers Compensation insurance coverage to protect you in the event you are injured on a construction site. These benefits will cover your medical treatment and any lost earnings that resulted from your injury. However, you must prepare and file a report/claim of the accident with your employer in order to receive the Workers Compensation benefits. The report is not lengthy, but there are certain rules and time limits which must be followed to ensure that you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled. If you have any questions about filing a Workers Compensation claim/report, contact a warrior personal injury lawyer from Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm.
Contact An Experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer
Your primary concern following any accident should be getting the medical attention you need to help recover from your injuries. An experienced Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyer has the knowledge and resources to support you from injury to recovery. They will handle all necessary paperwork and hold a proper investigation, which can help you obtain a successful result. By hiring the right law firm, you can concentrate on getting better while knowing that your case is being handled in a competent and professional way.
Injured On A Construction Site? Contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm!
Due to the complex nature of construction accident lawsuits, it’s in the best interest of victims to seek representation from an experienced Workers Compensation lawyer. With over 25 years of experience and a bilingual staff, Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm is dedicated to providing you with the aggressive legal representation you need. We work closely with top-notch investigators and medical experts to gather all the necessary evidence and documentation to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. If you or a close family member were injured on a construction site, contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm for a free consultation. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we win your case! Contact Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm at 312-377-7000 today!