Posted On: July 2, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Recent Construction Accident Settlements Awarded to Illegal Workers a Reminder that All Injured Workers Should Pursue Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Third Party Damages

Last month, the New York Times published an article about three illegal immigrants that were awarded settlements for their construction accident injuries. While many illegal workers living in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States continue to worry that filing a claim for work related injuries could get them in trouble—the outcome of these construction accident cases prove otherwise.

One worker, a 33-year-old plumber from Mexico, settled his construction accident claim for $2.5 million. He sustained scald injuries on his body. Swig Equities, LLC and 44 Wall Owner, LLC were the defendants in his case. The worker was employed by a contractor.

Another worker, a 52-year-old Mexican national, got hurt when a steel beam landed on his foot in January 2004. The worker settled with Beway Realty Corporation and FJ Sciame Construction Company for $750,000.

A third worker, 36 and from Ecuador, fractured his hip and sustained other injuries when three tresses landed on him in August 14, 2007 while he was working on a roofing job. Each of the tresses weighed 200 pounds. He settled his construction accident case against Benjamin Beachwood Ocean Way, LLC, Rockaway Beach Boulevard Construction Company, Benjamin Beechwood Breakers, LLC, and New Visions Construction Corporation for $600,000.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Illegal Workers
Illinois is one of the US states that recognizes an illegal immigrant’s right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits if he or she is injured on the job. He or she can also file a third party claim for personal injury related to the work accident.

Payments for Injuries to Workers Here Illegally, The New York Times, June 17, 2009

Related Web Resources:
Economy Packing Co. v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (PDF)

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission

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