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Illinois construction worker trapped in wall collapse

A construction worker spent time trapped under construction material after a retaining wall collapsed along I-90 in Rosemont. Illinois State Police District 15 will investigate the cause of the accident.

Police received a call requesting help extricating the man at around 4:20 p.m. on July 30. He had been assisting with building a retaining wall for the eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway when the wall collapsed. He was found in an easement next to the wall, and part of the wall had fallen on his legs. A crane operator removed the panel pinning the man before police arrived. The construction worker was conscious at the construction site and was conveyed to a hospital for treatment.

Employers are typically required to get workers' compensation insurance so that an injured worker can file a claim following an on-the-job accident like this one appears to be. Construction workers' accidents can be serious and have lasting effects, but even workers with minor injures can file a workers' compensation claim to pay for medical expenses.

The type of benefits a worker receives may vary based on the injury, whether he or she can still work and how long the injury will take to heal. Those who have a lasting injury may receive weekly cash benefits while recovering while those with a permanent injury could be eligible for paid training for a new job or a lump-sum settlement. The family of a worker may also be eligible for death benefits if their loved one died in a work-related accident.

In addition to workers' compensation, a worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against a third party when that party's negligence caused an accident. If the accident in this case was caused by faulty equipment, then the equipment's manufacturer might be partially or fully liable.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Construction worker injured in wall collapse along I-90", Elizabeth Owens-Schiele, July 30, 2014

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