Wrongful Death from Construction Accidents
Our experienced Chicago wrongful death lawyers at Willens Law Offices have helped many victims of construction accidents, and we want to help you.
If you have lost a loved one in a construction accident, you have not only lost an irreplaceable individual in your life, you may have lost a vital means of support, perhaps your only means of support. In addition, you may be facing numerous additional bills such as medical bills and funeral expenses.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help you get compensation for your loss and force the person or persons responsible to pay for the damage they have done to you. The experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at Willens Law Offices have helped many victims of construction accidents, and we want to help you. Please call 312-917-4166 or email Willens Law Offices for a free case evaluation today.
Wrongful Death Construction Accidents Are Preventable
Construction accidents account for nearly one fifth of all American workers killed in the workplace, with about 800 construction workers killed every year. Most of these workers are killed by what the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) calls constructions “Fatal Four”:
- Struck by an object (often a falling object)
- Caught in/between machinery
Falls alone account for 35% of all wrongful deaths from construction accidents. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable. In fact, the two safety violations most often cited by OSHA are related to construction accident falls: scaffolding requirements and fall prevention.
Workers’ Compensation and Construction Accidents
In Illinois, all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This can help cover some of the expenses for you, but it may not be enough. And if your loved one was an independent contractor, it cannot help.
Workers’ compensation prevents you from filing a lawsuit against your loved one’s employer after a construction accident. However, you can file a lawsuit against another contractor or company at the worksite if they were partly or wholly responsible for the accident. You can file a lawsuit even if you are already receiving payments from workers’ compensation.
Contact Our Chicago Construct Accident Lawyers
Construction accidents can be complicated cases because you have to determine who may be liable in your loved one’s death. At Willens Law Offices, we have extensive experience handling construction accidents in the Chicago area. We have helped many victims to get fair compensation for many types of personal injury law, including construction accidents. You can see our record of successful cases here.