Chicago Construction Accident Attorney
Throughout history construction sites have been one of the jobs in the country. Through the great efforts of unions, safety organizations, and responsible contractors today’s construction sites are the safest they have ever been. This being said, in terms of fatalities, construction laborer continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. In fact, each year, one out of every ten people working on a construction site will sustain some form of work related injury. Many construction site accidents involve:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Crane collapses
- Fires and explosions
- Building collapses
- Faulty tools or equipment
- Dangerous chemicals
- Falling objects
Injuries Caused by Construction Site Accidents
Constructions sites are unavoidably dangerous environments due to nature of work being performed. These dangerous conditions are often made worse by the use of faulty and inadequate equipment. Additionally many of the individuals working on these sites are inexperienced or inadequately trained.
Tight construction timelines can often lead to overcrowding and the tight profit margins can causes companies to cut corners when it comes to safety. General contractors faced with unexpected costs may will often times cut expenses to make up for the difference by cutting needed safety equipment or hiring cheaper less qualified laborers.
When a worker is injured or killed in a construction site accident, property owners, employers, architects, manufacturers, and insurance companies may often be held responsible for:
- Defective machinery/tools
- Unsafe procedures or working conditions
- Negligent management
- Inadequate training
- Explosions or fires
- Failure to provide appropriate safety equipment
- Unrealistic employer demands that led to safety shortcuts
- Exposure to toxic fumes or substances
Workers who have faced injury due to a construction accident may be out of work for a long period of time, often times being out of work for at least thirty days. Doctor/hospital bills, loss of income and the possibility of impairment resulting in a lifelong inability to work can be financially and emotionally devastating to a person or family. Construction jobs require specific and technical training, making it extremely difficult for the accident victim to find a career in a different field. After a construction injury, it will be important to coordinate Illinois Workers’ Compensation with any other potential third-party liability injury lawsuit in order to maximize recovery of optimal benefits for the injured worker.
While several government agencies have been created to protect construction workers, far to often these agencies and its personnel are overwhelmed and underfunded. While these agencies do their best often times serious safety violations go undiscovered and result in needless and preventable injuries and deaths.
Contact a Chicago Construction Injury Attorney today
If you or a family member has been injured in an automobile, motorcycle or trucking accident please contact one of our experienced Chicago Construction Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation to evaluate your case. It will cost you nothing to speak with or meet with a lawyer to see if you have a case. If we take your case, we only get paid if we win.