Our Attorneys Get to the Bottom of Construction Accidents in Chicago
Our injury lawyers represent victims in Chicago and the surrounding communities who have suffered significant injuries in construction accidents. While workers’ compensation insurance in Illinois is designed to cover some of the costs associated with worksite injuries regardless of fault, the coverage is limited and often does not compensate victims for all of the damages incurred. Our attorneys are passionate about getting to the bottom of construction site accidents to ensure that victims receive full compensation from every liable entity.
With the myriad of parties who are typically involved at construction sites, identifying all of the entities who played a part in the dangerous conditions that caused your injury requires ample amounts of experience, knowledge and dedication. General contractors, vendors, equipment manufacturers, property owners, managers and even delivery truck drivers are frequently regulars on a job site; their direct actions, faulty equipment or negligent acts are sometimes factors in serious accidents that cost victims much more than a workers’ comp claim will pay. We conduct thorough investigations to determine every factor that played a part in your injuries, establish who may be liable, and help you seek damages from those who should be held accountable.
Some of the damages our construction accident clients receive include:
Construction Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries and Fatalities
Construction sites are often filled with hidden dangers and hazardous conditions that put even the most safety-conscious workers at risk for serious injury or death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1,008 construction workers were killed on the job in 2018 alone. Additionally, Safety and Health Magazine reports that nearly every construction worker will experience at least one serious accident in his or her lifetime. And during a 45-year career in construction, a worker has about a 75% chance of suffering a disabling injury and a 1 in 200 chance of being killed on the job.
The Fatal Four Causes of Construction Accidents
According to the Department of Labor, the four most common causes of construction accidents that lead to death were responsible for 58.6% of construction worker fatalities in 2018. OSHA asserts that the elimination of these “Fatal Four” causes would save about 591 lives and countless disabling accidents every year.
In 2018, there were 338 deaths caused by falls at construction sites. With high-level scaffolding, ladders and fall hazards around nearly every turn, falls are a major risk for workers, inspectors and even property owners and managers.
Being Struck by an Object
11.1% of all construction worker deaths were caused by the victim being struck by an object in 2018.
8.5% of construction site deaths reported in 2018, or 86 workers, were fatally electrocuted on the job.
Caught In or Between
In 2018, 55 victims lost their lives on construction sites by becoming caught in or between objects, machinery, collapsing structures or material.
Legal Options for Construction Accident Victims
If you’ve been seriously injured while working at a construction site, a number of legal options may be available. In addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit and recover damages from any third parties who played a role in your injuries. Contact our Chicago injury lawyers at Herbert Law Firm at 312-655-7660 today to learn more about recovering financial compensation for construction injuries.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our law firm understands that those injured have unique losses and concerns. These can range from work restrictions, lost overtime and off-duty assignments, fitness-for-duty and safety concerns, injury aggravation from ordinary work duties, permanent injury, and loss of seniority, retirement, and other benefits. Below are common FAQ’s you may have in relation to personal injuries, car accidents and disciplinary hearings.