Chicago Construction Worker Injury Lawyers
Workers’ Compensation for Construction Workers in Chicago
Chicago is an ever-growing, ever-improving cityscape. At the base of its growth and changes are all the incredible construction workers who make a living handling difficult projects around the city and Cook County, Illinois. At McHargue & Jones, LLC, we proudly offer our legal services to construction workers who have been hurt on the job because we believe everyone should have a fair chance of getting workers’ compensation benefits.
Injuries Suffered by Construction Workers
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous worksites of any industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) repeatedly verifies as much each year when it evaluates the overall safety of all industries. Falls, struck by object accidents, caught-in/between accidents, and electrical accidents are among the most common and the most dangerous accidents on construction sites, according to OSHA.
Our law firm is ready to work on any construction injury case, though. If you suffered an on-the-job injury, then we know how to pursue workers’ compensation benefits for you.
Different injuries and illnesses often suffered by construction workers include:
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Occupational illnesses
- Crush injuries
Are Construction Workers Covered by Workers’ Comp?
A roadblock in many construction injury cases is figuring out if the injured construction worker has workers’ compensation. Many people in the construction industry are not employees. Instead, they are technically independent contractors who are hired to do one specific task on a jobsite. Under Illinois law, most employers do not have to provide workers’ compensation for independent contracts that they employ, which means that many construction workers are not provided this important insurance coverage.
Our Chicago construction worker injury lawyers can analyze your employment contract and your job duties to see if you are correctly classified as an employee or an independent contractor. If you are doing the work of an employee, even if you aren’t called one on the employment contract, then you could still be owed workers’ compensation benefits if you get hurt while working.
Do Unions Help with Workers’ Comp Cases?
Another important consideration for construction injury cases is the addition of a workers’ union. Many construction workers belong to unions that collect nominal fees out of their paychecks for support and representation during any conflicts or meetings with their employer. Some of these unions may even offer guidance for how to get workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury.
It is important to understand that many unions use a cut-and-dry approach to workers’ compensation cases. They offer basic support – possibly from someone who is not familiar with the laws behind Illinois workers’ comp – and expect the injured worker to take whatever benefits are immediately offered. If you want to fight for benefits more befitting your situation, then you might have to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer for yourself.
For Trusted Legal Guidance, Contact Our Firm
When you want to be sure that your construction injury workers’ comp case is being taken seriously, come to McHargue & Jones, LLC in Chicago. We have built a reputation for handling difficult cases with professionalism and efficiency. At the end of the day, all we want is to know that you are getting the benefits you deserve, so you can recover as quickly and as comfortably as possible.
Leave your case up to us. Contact our firm online now.