Have you suffered injuries in a construction accident? At the Blumenshine Law Group, our Chicago construction accident lawyers are advocates for the right of all employees to labor in a safe work environment. Moreover, we understand that when your workplace is a construction site, injuries can be more severe than typical workplace injuries due to the dangerous circumstances.
If you are injured in a construction accident, we can help you deal with the insurance company, file a claim, and get the compensation you deserve. Construction workers along with visitors that are injured while on-site visiting a construction site may be able to file a claim for a construction injury. The outcome of a construction mishap can encompass injuries that prevent the injured from making a living to wrongful death.
Protecting your rights by conducting a thorough investigation
Working alongside specialists, investigative authorities, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a construction accident attorney can carefully examine the accident scene and take necessary legal measures to preserve evidence. We can get to the bottom of your case—if negligence was a cause of your construction injury, we can find out what happened.
Common types of construction injury accidents
With the extreme conditions often associated with construction sites—towering heights, powerful machinery, etc.—injuries that workers sustain can be particularly severe, sometimes with lifelong effects. Common types of accidents and injuries that occur at work sites include the following:
- Caught in/under/between: One or more body parts become stuck, pinched, crushed or squeezed by equipment or building materials.
- Falls from heights: A worker falls off a ladder, scaffold, roof or other elevated surface.
- Same-level fall: A slip, trip or stumble and fall onto a non-elevated surface causes injuries.
- Struck by/against: A worker, or one of his or her body parts collides with a piece of equipment or machinery, or he or she is struck by a flying or moving object. Additionally, severe noise can strike or impact the eardrums of a worker.
- Motor vehicle accidents: Traffic accidents can be caused by debris or activity at a construction site.
- Other musculoskeletal injuries: Workers can sustain injuries to the legs, knees, ankles, feet, back, neck, or arms due to overexertion, kneeling, squatting, lifting, overextension, awkward postures, hand pinching, gripping, vibration, or exposure to other repetitive motions.
Do you have a case?
As we examine the details of your case, our construction attorneys consult with OSHA experts and mechanical design and equipment experts, as well as life care and vocational authorities, all of whom can give us a clear, full picture of the accident and your injury.
As we answer the following questions, we can formulate an effective plan for helping you attain your rightful compensation.
- What caused the accident? Was it preventable? Did negligence play a part?
- Were unsafe plans, procedures, tools, equipment, or other products involved?
- What costs have you already incurred due to your injury?
- What further costs can be expected over time?
- Is there any long-term disability, and if so, how is it likely to affect your quality of life and your ability to continue working?
- Were any OSHA violations present?
One effective way OSHA protects construction workers is by regulating work conditions. When work conditions are unsafe, they often involve one or more violations of OSHA safety codes. If violations are discovered, it may factor into your eligibility for compensation.
Sometimes workers compensation is not enough
The coverage you can get through workers compensation benefits has limits. For example, you cannot receive compensation for pain and suffering. But workers comp can often cover the real costs of your injury. The only way you can be sure to obtain the maximum compensation possible is with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable construction accident attorney.
Construction Site Injury FAQs
What are the benefits of workers' compensation insurance?
Workers' compensation insurance is a type of insurance that protects employees from losses because of workplace injuries. The benefits of workers' compensation insurance are:
- Protects against losses due to work-related injuries or illnesses
- Provides wage loss benefits
- Provides medical treatment benefits
- Provides rehabilitation services
- Provides death benefits for dependents
What is considered an injury under workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation is a system of benefits for people who have been injured or become ill on the job.
Injuries can be caused by many things, including:
- Accidents that happen on the job
- Chemical exposure
- Working with heavy machinery
- Injuries from violence in the workplace
- Injuries from violence outside of work that happened because of work
I was working at a construction site and was injured, who can I sue?
If you were injured on the job and your injury can be considered work-related, you may have grounds for a workers' compensation claim. You may also have a claim against the property owner, a general contractor, or a sub-contractor on the job site.
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that employers purchase to cover their employees in case they are injured on the job. Workers' compensation claims are also governed by state law, so it's important to know how the state laws applies to your claim.
The person who was injured may be entitled to benefits from their employer's workers' compensation insurance company if the injury was work-related and the employer had purchased workers' compensation insurance coverage for this type of injury. The worker will need to file a formal application with the employer's workers ‘compensation insurer and follow any other procedures that are set out in state law.
I was injured while visiting or walking by a construction site, who can I sue for my injuries?
If you are injured while on the premises of a construction site or because of something that happens on the premises, you may have recourse to sue the property owner or one of the contractors on the site.
How important is it for my attorney to retain highly qualified experts in construction cases?
A construction accident can be a complicated matter. With all the complexities and nuances in the industry, it's important for an attorney to retain highly qualified experts when handling a construction case.
What damages are recoverable in construction accident cases?
There are many different types of damages that can be recovered in a construction accident case, including medical bills, wages/salaries lost due to injury, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma from the accident.
Do I need to retain an attorney in a construction accident case in Illinois?
If you experienced a construction accident injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The procedures and rules governing construction site injury claims can be complicated. An attorney will work with you and the insurance company to secure the appropriate compensation for your damages.
What are the most common construction accident injuries?
Construction is the second most fatal industry in the United States. Construction accident injuries can range from fractures and tears to amputations and lacerations. These injuries can happen in many ways, such as being struck by an object, being caught between objects, and falling or tripping.
Our Construction Accident Attorneys are here for you
The attorneys at our construction accident law firm are strong advocates for employee rights. If you are a construction worker who suffered an injury because you were not adequately protected at work, we are prepared to fight on your behalf.
For a free consultation about construction accident representation, contact the Blumenshine Law Group today or call us at (312) 766-1000 text us at 844-780-1546 or email at [email protected] We serve clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois.