Construction Accidents And Workplace Injuries
If you were involved in a construction accident, you will most likely have a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation in Illinois, a no-fault system, provides benefits to employees, including a portion of earnings and medical care. One of the key questions after a construction accident is whether there is a third-party claim against someone or a company other than your employer. This is important because we want to help you recover any and all damages for your injuries to the full extent possible. We will help investigate whether you have a third-party claim in addition to any workers’ compensation claim you may have against your employer.
In a third-party claim, you can file a lawsuit seeking damages beyond what you would receive in a standard workers’ comp claim. You may be entitled to pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. The third party in a construction accident claim typically may be a subcontractor, a manufacturer of faulty equipment, or some other entity other than your employer (your employer generally is protected from being sued by an employee under workers’ compensation laws).
Construction accidents often involve equipment and circumstances such as:
- Defective ladders
- Improperly erected scaffolds
- Welding accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Harness accidents
- Power tools
- Falls from roofs
- Falls through shafts
- Falling objects
- Slip and fall accidents caused by debris at the job site
When Deratany & Kosner handles a construction accident case, we determinedly seek answers to questions such as:
- Were there OSHA violations that may account for the accident?
- Were multiple construction companies and subcontractors sharing a construction site, resulting in mismanagement of risk factors?
- Was the injured construction worker or passer-by given the proper care and consideration by employers, property owners and other responsible parties such as equipment manufacturers and government entities responsible for inspecting the jobsite?
- Was equipment left strewn around the jobsite in a hazardous fashion?
While construction is one of the most dangerous occupations, accidents can happen in any workplace, including offices. If you were injured on the job because of third-party negligence, whether you work in a hospital, you are a truck driver or you do construction work, you may be entitled to compensation.
After a workplace accident, we understand that you are worried about your injuries and medical care, how to get medical bills paid, and how to replace your lost income. If your husband, wife, father, or mother was killed, your grief can overshadow all else. At the same time, you want and deserve to know how and why your family member died on the job at the construction site and you may have a wrongful death claim. We will use our best efforts to get you those answers.
If you or a loved one was involved in a construction or workplace accident, contact an experienced construction accident attorney in Chicago or call us at 312-815-6231 to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options.