It is widely accepted that falls from heights are a serious hazard for construction workers. These types of accidents can result in devastating injuries that make it impossible for the injured individual to work while they heal. In some situations they could suffer permanent disability making it impossible for them to ever to return to construction work again.
Recently a construction worker at a construction site on the Far West Side was seriously hurt when he fell from one of the buildings being constructed there. In the course of the incident, which occurred in the early afternoon, the man fell 40 feet to the ground. According to a witness, to retrieve the injured man, a bucket crane had to be used.
Though specifics about the man’s injuries are not known, it is safe to say that he is fortunate to be alive. Thus far, this year, nine other individuals died after being involved in construction site accidents. In at least two of those cases the deaths were attributed to falls.
While away from work it is possible that the man could seek workers’ compensation benefits to address the expenses that arise in the course of his recovery. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident and his injuries, other courses of action may be available as well.
For example, if negligence of another party was to blame a personal injury lawsuit could be appropriate. If the injuries the man suffered leave him permanently disabled, he could apply for Social Security disability benefits.
The time following a serious workplace accident can be confusing. To help alleviates some of that confusion it can be beneficial to work with a lawyer who understands how to handle matters related to workplace injuries.