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Illinois construction worker killed on the job by car

Three people are recovering from an auto accident in Illinois that took the life of a construction worker on June 21. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office states that a car drove into a construction zone on the 4900 block of South Western Avenue just after 4 a.m. and struck a 58-year-old man who was on duty. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene after police and emergency responders arrived. The medical examiner's office said that an autopsy on the worker was planned for June 22.

Three occupants of the car, including the 19-year-old driver, suffered injuries that were not specified in the news source. One was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, and the other two were transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. According to police, the driver may face charges when the investigation concludes.

Following a workplace fatality, loved ones of the deceased may choose to file for workers' compensation benefits. Attorneys familiar with the proceedings can help those families by obtaining and filling out all necessary paperwork and tracking the deadlines for submission.

While grieving, many families of those killed on the job are unaware of what they are entitled to under workers' compensation. Death benefits, such as a portion of the worker's lost income, as well as funeral and burial expenses, require no proof of employer negligence. If a workplace death seems attributable to third-party negligence, like in the incident recounted earlier, the family of the decedent may also consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against that party in addition to a workers' compensation claim with the employer.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Police: Construction Worker Killed, 3 Wounded In South Side Crash", June 21, 2014

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