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Worker injured in construction site accident in Illinois

Even as summer ends and fall begins, construction work is continuing across the state of Illinois. It is understood by most that construction work can be dangerous. Workers often work high above the ground or with heavy machinery. There is always the risk of falls, crush injuries and other on-the-job injuries.

For example, one construction worker recently suffered serious injuries while working on an historic aqueduct in Morris, Illinois. The worker fell from a concrete slab stretching across an area creek, hitting the ground 10 feet below. The construction company was in the process of cutting the concrete slab when it collapsed. The worker had to be flown to a nearby hospital for treatment. He suffered injuries to his back, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Even if employers take steps to keep construction workers safe, such as by providing them with hard-hats, harnesses and other forms of protection, the very nature of construction work means that any worker could suffer an on-the-job injury at any time. When this happens, injured workers may soon find themselves facing an every-growing amount of expenses that they may not be able to cope with financially. For example, in addition to medical expenses, an injured worker may not be able to go back to their job for a period of time, leading to lost wages. Workers in this situation may be very worried about how they will get by financially if an injury keeps them from being able to work.

Fortunately, workers injured on the job may be able to seek workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may cover medical expenses and lost wages while the worker recovers from their injury. A construction site accident can lead to serious injuries, so workers who find themselves in such situations may want to work with an attorney who can help them navigate the workers' compensation system to obtain the benefits they need.

Source: wspynews.com, "Construction Worker Seriously Injured in Morris," Justin Ritz, Sept. 22, 2017

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