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Construction accidents are common, so know what steps to take

Workers in the construction industry in Illinois are probably aware of many of the dangers that are present on worksites. That is why they wear hardhats, gloves and reflective clothing. They take all of the precautions that they can. However, sometimes those precautions just aren't enough.

The truth is that construction accidents are actually fairly common. Some of the most common worksite injuries are caused by falls, falling objects, machinery or equipment malfunctions and even electric shock. And, in many cases, determining the cause behind these incidents can be a fairly complex issue. But, if it is ultimately determined that a third party was negligent in some way, the injured construction worker may be able to pursue financial compensation in a lawsuit.

Additionally, a worker should be able to get compensation through Illinois' workers' compensation system, even if their employer was not directly responsible for the accident.

Beyond the immediate need for medical attention for an injury caused in a construction accident, injured workers will need to make sure that they secure copies of their medical records for potential use in any lawsuit that needs to be filed. Photos of injuries may become important as well. The injured worker will need to note when the worksite accident was reported to the employer and what actions the employer took as a result. It can also be extremely useful to gather the names and contact information for anyone on the worksite who witnessed the accident.

Injured workers in Illinois may be facing some tough times as they recover, but the financial burdens of the injury may not be their fault. Some injured workers may need to explore their legal options.

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