Construction Injuries Covered by Workers’ Comp in Illinois
Since 1955, Anesi Ozmon has represented injured construction workers and the families of those wrongfully killed in construction site accidents throughout Illinois. Our Chicago construction injury lawyers seek fair compensation on behalf of individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries, life-altering impairments, and/or permanent disabilities due to serious construction accidents—and we have a long history of success. Whether you need help filing a workers’ compensation claim, or you believe you may have a third-party personal injury lawsuit against someone other than your employer, we are here to help.
How Common Are Construction Accidents?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of construction workers in the U.S. increased by 25 percent from 2015 to 2019. In 2019, there were approximately 11.4 million construction workers nationwide.
Due largely to the nature of construction, these workers are at a disproportionately high risk of being injured or killed on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that about 20 percent of the 5,333 workers who died due to work-related accidents and injuries in 2019 were workers in the construction industry. This amounts to one in five worker fatalities involving construction workers throughout the calendar year.
Common Construction Accidents & Injuries
Various studies and reports have found that the most common construction accidents and injuries include:
- Falls, including slip and falls & falls to lower levels
- Scaffolding accidents
- Structure collapses
- Being struck by falling objects
- Equipment and machinery accidents
- Crane accidents, including collapses
- Wall and trench collapses and cave-ins
- Deck collapse accidents
- Electrical injuries, including electrocution
- Bridge accidents
- Ladder accidents, including falls
- Unsafe ground conditions
- Being caught between objects
- Machine entanglement
- Repetitive trauma and repetitive motion injuries
- Forklift accidents
- Chemical exposure
Depending on the specific details of your case, you could be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits, regardless of how the accident occurred or who was to blame for your injuries. You may also be entitled to a third-party personal injury claim or lawsuit against a negligent person or entity, such as a product manufacturer or subcontractor. You may even be owed Social Security disability benefits. Our Chicago construction injury lawyers can help you understand your legal options and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Why Hire Anesi Ozmon for Your Construction Injury Case?
Our experienced attorneys, who frequently represent construction accident victims and their loved ones, have worked closely with top physicians across the country to ensure our clients get the best medical treatment available. Our team of personal injury attorneys also works closely with architects who specialize in making the homes of seriously injured clients handicap accessible. This is something that is often overlooked by others, but our lawyers recognize it as one of the most important elements of concern for the long-term health and welfare of our clients.
When you choose Anesi Ozmon, you can rely on our legal team to advocate for you and the full recovery you are owed. We have built our practice on a foundation of honesty, integrity, and communication—as a client, you receive direct and frequent access to your attorney, and we even give you our personal cellphone numbers so you can always reach us.
Because both workers’ compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits are complex and should be coordinated to ensure maximum compensation from all sources, we highly recommend that you consult our attorneys as soon as possible after an accident. We have vast experience in construction site accident investigations and dutifully represent those who have been injured by the negligence of others.
Most construction workers injured on the job in Illinois are entitled to financial recovery for permanent bodily impairments.
If you sustain an injury to a part of your body—such as the hand, arm, or foot—you may be entitled to an award or settlement based on the permanent partial disability (PPD) you have suffered. This disability is based upon a percentage loss of use of the injured body part. If you have suffered an injury to your back, your disability will be evaluated on how it affects your body as a whole.
Although the Workers’ Compensation Act sets forth a framework for computing this type of disability, it must be emphasized that the particular circumstances surrounding an injury are significant factors in determining the proper compensation the injured worker should receive as a result of a serious injury.
These factors include, but are not limited to:
- Impairment of earning ability
- Pain or stiffness
- Inability to engage in certain kinds of work or activities
- Limitation of movement
Additionally, the possibility of a third-party lawsuit against another person or entity besides the employer should be considered. Such third parties may include manufacturers, landowners, subcontractors, or even a doctor who committed malpractice in the course of treatment of a workers’ compensation-related injury.
For more than 60 years, Illinoisans have entrusted their personal injury and workers’ compensation matters to us. We believe in keeping our clients informed of where their cases are and what lies ahead. When you have questions, we will patiently answer all the questions you may have about the legal process.
We Handle Your Case, So You Can Recover
We understand the uncertainty you face and aim to provide you peace of mind. Clients may worry about making ends meet while missing work because of injuries or staying out of debt from medical bills. Our aim is to go above and beyond what you expect so that you can focus on recovery.
Work Directly With Your Attorney
Our firm believes that in order be a successful team, we need to work directly with our clients. Not only do you get to work directly with your attorney, but you always have access to their direct number to ensure your questions never go unanswered.
Personalized Strategies & Results
At Anesi Ozmon, we believe that no two situations are alike. Thus, we work to not only learn about your case but also about what unique goals and needs you may have in order to provide you with legal counsel customized to you.
Protecting the Injured Since 1955
Anesi Ozmon has four generations of leaders and decades of experience protecting the rights of those injured. When you come to our office, you don't just get our team, you get our history.