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Workers' compensation: DOT worker injured by driver

Kentucky motor vehicle operators may see an increase in road construction in the near future as the weather warms and the roads receive needed repair before the summer travel season begins. Unfortunately, construction zones on roadways are a hazard for workers, as some motorists do not adhere to the slowed traffic requests or leave a safe distance between workers and a vehicle. Construction workers who need to file a workers' compensation claim may be interested in understanding the circumstances of one man's accident in another state.

The worker was filling potholes on a highway with the Department of Transportation crew when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, a motor vehicle struck him as he worked. In addition, the vehicle struck the nearby DOT vehicle.

Sadly, the man suffered serious injuries and was flown to a trauma center for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time. As a reminder, authorities have issued pleas for motor vehicle operators to pay attention and to use extra caution when driving through a construction zone. A driver who injures a road worker can be fined and face criminal charges.

For a worker who suffers serious injuries, the future may be filled with uncertainty. It can be unclear the costs of needed medical treatment and if the worker will be able to return to work to continue to earn an income. When injuries occur on the job, workers usually qualify to file a claim with their workers' compensation insurance supplied by their employer. Unfortunately, the system is often difficult to navigate, but Kentucky lawyers can assist an injured worker through the process.

Source: foxillinois.com, "Crash in Jacksonville lands three IDOT workers in the hospital", Em Nguyen, Feb. 26, 2018

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