Construction Accident Lawyer in Chicago
Visit any large construction site and you might see a big sign with interchangeable numbers that indicate how many days they have worked without an accident. It is a good stretch when they reach double digits.
A construction site of any size is an accident waiting to happen. A young couple hired a company to replace their roof. The woman was seriously injured when a Skilsaw fell through an opening in the roof and hit her while she was walking to her kitchen. Conversely, on a large construction site, to speed up work the foreman disabled the safety features on the freight elevator on the side of the multistory structure. A malfunction caused by the disabled safety features caused the elevator to bind, sending heavy construction material hurling toward the unsuspecting workers below.
What to do next
In the case of workers at a construction site, worker’s compensation covers most injuries except when egregious behavior by the employer warrants additional compensation. By calling the Willens Law Offices, we can discuss your situation without charge to you to determine your rights and options. We have experience with construction accidents.
Construction companies are required to maintain a safe environment for employees and visitors to the site. When they don’t do this, they could be held liable for anyone injured under those conditions. Additionally, any defective equipment or tools on the site may lead back to the manufacturer of the tool or equipment as the liable party. Our experience in dealing with construction site accidents can help you receive the compensation you need from your accident.
Construction Site Injuries
It takes the collaborative effort of many different people to erect a building. It all starts with building plans and blueprints created by the architect. Then construction crews get to work actually building. There are construction workers, site foremen, general contractors and various subcontractors all involved in the building process. With so many different people working together to create a new or renovated structure, construction sites are often very busy places.
Busy construction sites can pose the potential for causing personal injuries to workers on the site. There are so many people on an active construction site and so many large pieces of construction equipment and heavy machinery, in addition to large quantities of building materials and tools, which need to be transported to various locations around the building site, that it is quite possible that someone could get hurt. If you are injured while working on a construction site, there might be many more options available to you than you might think.
- Making a claim against your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. If you are a construction worker, you are likely an employee of a company that has workers’ compensation insurance. You are not suing your employer when you file a workers’ compensation claim. Rather, your employer has workers’ compensation insurance for situations in which employees get hurt on the job.
- There might be a possible claim against the general contractor of the work site. The general contractor is tasked with overseeing the operation and management of the construction site. As such, if you are hurt while working, you likely can pursue a claim against the general contractor of your work site.
- There could be a claim against the company at fault for the injury. If an injury was caused by a faulty piece of equipment that was rented from a third party company, you might have a claim against the third party company. Whether you are able to pursue a claim against a third party will depend on the facts surrounding your case, but it is good to know that this might be an avenue of compensation available to you.
- If harm was caused as a result of the architect’s building plans, you might have a claim. Architectural drawings must comply with certain standards and must be accurate. If there is something wrong with the architect’s drawings, which ultimately causes an injury to occur, then the architect might also be liable to you, the injured party.
- A subcontractor might be at fault for the harm that was caused. You might also be able to pursue a subcontractor if they are at fault for causing the injury.
Construction accidents are often catastrophic, involving heavy machinery and sometimes, dangerous maneuvers. Disabling injuries caused by OSHA violations by your employer or defective machinery provided by a third party allows us to pursue the settlement you need and deserve from their insurance coverage over and above your worker’s compensation. We would seek compensation for your current and future medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation, long-term disability, as well as pain and suffering. Everyone deserves to work in a safe environment.