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Construction injuries may require filing two claims

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Posted on March 9, 2021

A resident of the Springfield area who gets seriously injured in a construction accident will have a long road of recovery ahead of him.

In addition to medical bills, he may have ongoing medical expenses and expenses associated with rehabilitation.

He also will have to find some way of making up his lost income, as he may be out of work for months, assuming he will eventually be able to recover enough to return at all.

Finally, there is always a hidden cost to suffering an injury. Injured victims go through a lot of physical pain that deserves additional compensation, and they also often go through a lot of emotional trauma that may require professional treatment.

Workers’ compensation benefits do not pay for everything

An Illinois worker who gets hurt at a construction site will likely be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can be tremendously helpful as they will pay for most medical bills and cover a sizeable portion of the victim’s wages.

However, these payments may not cover all of the worker’s out-of-pocket losses, and they certainly do not cover non-economic damages like pain and suffering or emotional distress.

This why a worker in the area will have to file two claims, a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation claim, in order to get full compensation for her losses.

In many cases, many parties are responsible for a construction accident. An injured worker who suffers a construction accident cannot sue her employer if she receives workers’ compensation.

However, she will want to investigate whether a subcontractor, a careless motorist or someone else also owes her compensation for her losses. She may wish to have legal assistance in filing her claims.