Construction sites can be dangerous places. Unstable ground, unfinished walkways and moving machinery and other hazards can easily lead to serious accidents. Sometimes construction sites can be scenes of car and truck accidents.
An Illinois road construction worker was killed recently in a tragic accident. Police said the 56-year-old woman was working on a road in Lake Forest when she was struck and killed by a dump truck that was backing up.
The accident occurred at a road construction project managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The woman was working for a private contractor at the site.
Workers’ compensation can provide benefits for workers who are injured at construction sites or other workplaces. If the accident was fatal, workers’ compensation benefits can go to the worker’s family.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that the injured do not need to show that their employer did anything wrong before they can claim benefits. It is also an exclusive remedy. This means that a worker or survivor who collects benefits after an accident cannot also file suit against the employer over the same accident.
However, it may be possible to collect benefits while filing a claim against a third party. This issue sometimes comes up after accidents at busy construction sites, where multiple employers are operating.
Injured workers and their families can talk to a lawyer with experience in personal injury and workers’ compensation law about their legal options after a workplace accident. With the proper legal guidance, those affected by these injuries may be able to move down the road to recovery in a more comfortable way.