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Report looks at rate of injury/illness among construction workers

Most of us are aware, though we don’t think about it much, that there are certain industries and lines of work that are more dangerous than others when it comes to the risk of work-related illness and injury. While every profession involves some risks to health and wellness, nobody will dispute that an office worker has the same level of risk as an industrial worker.

Construction workers are among those who have the greatest risk of injury on the job, for obvious reasons. A recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics report looking at 2014 statistics bears this out. According to the report, construction workers are among a group of 10 occupations for which the risk of job-related injury and illness is the highest in the nation.

Seeking recovery after an on-the-job auto accident, P.2

Last time, we spoke a bit about pursuing workers’ compensation benefits after a work-related car accident. As we noted, the facts of the case are important in determining both whether workers’ compensation benefits would be available after such an accident, and whether an employee injured in such an accident would have the ability to sue his or her employer outside the workers’ compensation system.

In addition to cases where there is deliberate, intentional conduct on the part of the employer, another example of when an employee may be able to sue an employer outside the workers’ compensation system in Illinois is when the employer has “dual capacity.” This means that the employer, in addition to being the accident victim’s employer, also has some other independent legal relationship to the employee. Employees, for instance, who get into an auto accident while driving a motor vehicle manufactured by their employer, may have the ability to sue the employer outside the workers’ compensation system. 

Seeking recovery after an on-the-job auto accident, P.1

In our last post, we began speaking about the intersection of workers’ compensation and personal injury liability in cases involving on-the-job motor vehicle accidents. When such an accident results in serious injury for an employee, it is important that he or she explore all potential avenues of compensation, including workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation.

Exactly what type of compensation will be available to an individual in such a situation depends on the facts of the case, specifically what factors contributed to the accident. On the workers’ compensation side of things, the availability of benefits would depend on whether the accident is deemed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment.  

What recovery is available when I am injured in a work-related car accident?

Workers compensation is an important resource for those who have been harmed on the job, and it is important for employees to understand their rights under the law. For those who do become injured on the job, particularly in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to understand not only how to recover damages for personal injury, but also the process of seeking out workers’ compensation benefits.

Workplace accidents, including on-the-job motor vehicle accidents, can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they are a result of the negligence of the worker, in other cases the negligence of the employer. In yet other cases, such accidents occur because of the negligence of a third party. Although recovery in personal injury cases is dependent on proof of negligence, it is important for workers involved in such accidents to understand that they are covered by workers’ compensation as long as their injuries arose out of and in the course of employment. 

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