How to avoid injury and accidents at construction sites

How to avoid injury and accidents at construction sites

Avoiding accidents if you work at a construction site can seem like a futile effort—construction is a dangerous line of work. However, there are some ways to prevent and avoid accidents at construction sites.

Have safety meetings with your crew on a regular basis. Remind workers to stay focused on their tasks and not to get distracted, especially when working with heavy machinery or potentially dangerous tools.

Make sure everyone onsite is highly visible, so that they are not accidentally hit by a work vehicle or machines. Some of the most common things heard after a work accident is “I didn’t see him!” or “He came out of nowhere.”

Have safety procedures posted if possible. It’s always best to remind employees what they should be doing in order to prevent injury and accidents.

Be especially careful on night shift work. Dark construction sites are more dangerous since there is less visibility, so it’s important for crew members to be extra vigilant about their safety behaviors when working a nighttime shift.

How to avoid dog bites with delivery drivers

Many personal injury cases deal with dog bites. Dog bites can be very damaging both physically and emotionally, and most of the time, are preventable. If you are having something delivered, it’s important to protect the safety of the delivery driver, and that means controlling your dog so that the dog doesn’t bite the delivery person.

If your dog stays in the yard, it’s important for the delivery person never to enter the yard. The dog is protecting your home, and the delivery driver will likely be treated as an intruder. You should work to train your dog not to bark at or attack delivery drivers, but the safest bet is to simply keep the two parties separate—if the delivery person has to speak with you at the door, put the dog in another room or outside temporarily, then give your dog a treat when you bring him back inside.

If you receive regular deliveries and the dog is reactive to that, let the delivery person know about the dog’s behavior so they know not to interact with the dog when you are not there.

Preventing dog bites is as simple as being mindful of a situation before it even arises. Know where you’ll put a dog when a delivery person arrives or put up a sign that says “Beware of Dog” so that visitors will not challenge the “protector.”

How to avoid accidents while driving commercial vehicles

If you drive a vehicle for work, you may be concerned about the potential of being involved n an accident while on the job. While some accidents are unavoidable, there are a few things you can do while driving a commercial vehicle that will lower your chances of getting into an accident.  Learn to recognize certain driving situations that can be dangerous, such as merging onto and off of expressways. Assume that other drivers will make mistakes in their driving so you can anticipate what to do. It’s also important to feel very comfortable with the vehicle you’re driving so that you can anticipate how it will handle in traffic and other situations. 

Remember not to text or talk on the phone while you’re behind the wheel, as this can distract you from things going on in traffic (and in many municipalities, is illegal). Always remain alert when you’re using a commercial vehicle, and give yourself extra time and space to stop suddenly. Make sure the company regularly maintains their vehicles, as well, to avoid having to deal with accidents caused by faulty mechanics.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?

Can an Illinois personal injury lawyer help you get money for an accident that happened months or even years ago? What if you got hurt at work? Is it too late to file a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois?

Although Illinois law does stipulate that claims must be filed within a certain amount of time – known as the statute of limitations – you may still have a case. But if that time limit lapses, you may be out of legal options – even if the damage you suffered was real, significant, and can be clearly traced to another party’s negligence, carelessness, or aggression.

We at the Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates can talk to you today – right now – to determine whether you have a case; and, if so, how much time you have left to file a claim. For most injury victims, time is indeed of the essence. Insurance companies immediately get to work after accidents, fortifying themselves against having to pay out settlements. The longer you wait to file a claim or seek benefits, the more difficult it can be to assemble evidence to support your claim (i.e. photographs of the accident scene, names and addresses of eyewitnesses, etc.) Your memory of events may grow foggier, and it can become more difficult to prove that your injuries stemmed specifically from your accident.

By working with our conveniently located expert Chicago personal injury and workers’ comp attorneys, you can get peace of mind. If and when you decide to retain us, our services are completely free, unless we can collect on your behalf. To learn more about our risk free, anxiety free process, Call Us, or Request a Free Case Evaluation Today to find out how much your case may be worth.

How much is the legal alcohol limit in Illinois?

There are three different legal limits for blood alcohol content (BAC) in Illinois. If the driver is under 21 years old, the legal limit is .00%, as Illinois is a zero tolerance state. For adults 21 and over, the legal limit is .08%. For commercial drivers, the limit is .04%. Depending on a person’s height, weight, and other factors, the amount of alcohol consumed will equal different percentages of BAC, so it’s safest to abstain from drinking if you know you will be driving. If you have been drinking and need to get somewhere, take public transportation, get a ride from someone else, or call a cab.

How Much Is My Case Worth?


One of the most common questions our Illinois workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys get is: “how much is my case worth?” Obviously, there’s no way to determine the answer in the abstract. Each case is different and complex in its own fashion. In fact, if any Chicago personal injury attorney places a value on your claim without listening to the details of your situation, ignore that figure! A wide variety of factors determine settlement amounts and trial verdicts.

These can include:

  • The nature and severity of your injury/injuries
  • Whether or not the liable insurance company accepts fault
  • Your condition following medical treatment
  • Whether or not you’ll need ongoing treatment, such as physical therapy or counseling
  • Whether or not you were partially at fault or negligent
  • Tactics and strategies your attorney employs to negotiate with the insurance company or other liable parties

Here at The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, our Chicago personal injury attorneys have served over 10,000 clients since we opened our doors in 1994. Some of our clients have collected thousands of dollars. Other clients have collected much more. (For a catalog of a few of our six, seven, and eight figure verdicts, see our website,

You and your family want to put this injury behind you as quickly as possible and rebuild your lives. We want to help you. Our Illinois personal injury attorneys strive to be compassionate and efficient. We will fight for your rights and battle at court if necessary (although 95% of our cases are settled out of court). We listen to client concerns and combine our deep understanding of the law (in theory and practice) with impeccable follow through to get results.

If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of someone’s negligence, Call us right now, and an attorney will immediately get back to you.

You can also Request a Free Case Evaluation to set up a free consultation to find out what your case is worth. Get the maximum benefits allowed by law for your pain and suffering – you and your family deserve the best.

How many personal injury lawsuits are filed each year in the United States?

While it would be nearly impossible to collect a truly accurate number for how many personal injury cases are filed each year in the U.S., a rough estimate has been projected at about 700,000. That’s a lot of injuries—some of which surely could have been prevented. The types of personal injury lawsuits run the gamut from slip and fall accidents and construction accidents to dog bites and wrongful death suits, to product liability and civil rights violation cases.

If you have a personal injury case you need help with, talking with an attorney is the best route to go.

FAQ: How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

As practicing Chicago personal injury attorneys for almost 20 years, we at Steven J. Malman & Associates are often asked “how long will my case take?”

Unfortunately, outside of the context of your case, we can’t make accurate predictions. Some matters resolve in a few short months. Other cases – particularly complex matters that require lots of litigation and ultimately go to trial – can stretch on for years.

Fortunately, our personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers in Chicago have built a streamlined system to obtain maximum compensation in the shortest amount of time. Our attorneys boast over 40 years of combined litigation experience, and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service.

Injury clients often feel anxiety because of uncertainty. If you don’t know if or when you will collect money, the disconnect between what you have and what you might have causes psychological strain. When the duration of that uncertainty itself is uncertain, that strain can evolve into profound anxiety. This is true for all people, injured or not. So on top of these feelings, injured clients must also contend with financial stresses (such as lost wages), rehabilitation (which can be time consuming and physically taxing), and emotional trauma.

To counter these stresses and strains, our Il personal injury lawyers will be there for you every step of the way. From your initial consultation – which is free, confidential, and no obligation – through the investigation of your claim and onto settlement hearings or trial (if need be) – we’ll answer your questions, explain our strategies and tactics in clear terms, and keep you in the loop.

Our firm has helped over 10,000 clients deal with a wide variety of matters (please see our website for a list of some of our verdicts). Chances are, we can help you, too. Ninety-five percent of our cases settle out of court. Call us today, or Request a Free Case Evaluation to consult with a live Illinois personal injury or workers’ comp attorney.

How long do you have to file a workman’s comp claim in Illinois?

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for a workers’ compensation case is three years from the day the injury occurred, or two years from the date the employee received their last workers’ compensation benefits, whichever is later.  For a repetitive trauma, the dates will vary, and you should contact a workers compensation lawyer for advice on how and when you need to file your claim. 

How long do temporary total disability (TTD) benefits last?

Temporary total disability benefits are equivalent to two-thirds of your average weekly wage, tax-free, for the time that you are authorized to be out of work for a work injury, or for the duration of time that you have restrictions on what you are able to do at work that your employer cannot accommodate. There is no limit to the amount of time that you can receive temporary total disability benefits. 

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