Chicago, IL Construction Accident Attorneys
In 2013, there were over 800 fatal construction accidents and over 200,000 non-fatal construction accidents in the United States, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of construction accidents is higher in the state of Illinois than it is for the entire nation.
With those types of numbers, it is quite possible that you or someone you know has had some type of construction accident. Construction accidents can range from minor to catastrophic, and can frequently result in death. Injuries sustained from these accidents can include:
- broken bones
- severed spinal cord
- traumatic brain injury
You may know first-hand how the injury, loss of wages, and medical bills impacted that person and their family. Nothing can take away the pain and suffering, but having an experienced Illinois construction accident injury attorney by your side to analyze your case and guide you through the process can make all the difference.
Construction Companies Have a Duty to Uphold Safety Regulations
Conditions are continuously changing on construction sites. Employees, inspectors, and subcontractors must navigate these changing and hazardous conditions, all while trying to ensure the successful completion of the project and avoid a costly mistake. If construction companies fail to follow OSHA-mandates and other safety regulations, workers can become seriously injured or die.
Construction companies must ensure workers wear proper safety equipment, maintain appropriate scaffolding and guardrails, and warn of hazardous chemicals on site. The Occupation Safety and Health Act of 1970 also maintains that employers owe general duties that include:
- Providing a workplace free of hazards that can result in injury or death
- Ensuring that employees have access to equipment that can prevent injury or death
- Ensuring all practices of one’s own construction company are in compliance with standards of the construction industry
The construction accident attorneys at Malman Law will investigate and research your claim and adopt a well-planned strategy to secure a deserved compensation.
Multiple Parties May Be Liable For A Construction Accident
Since these kinds of accidents can arise from various factors, different parties may be liable. Parties who could potentially be legally responsible for occupational injuries and the subsequent medical costs include:
- Construction Companies
- General, sub and prime contractors
- Property Owners
- Insurance companies
In many cases, workers can recover damages for their injuries from partially or completely responsible parties, even if they are not their employer. If a worker is hurt due to factors other than job safety, such as defective tools or equipment, the injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer. The responsible party may be held liable for damages, including medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
It is imperative that you collect as much information as you can about the accident to determine the legally responsible party. The longer you wait to contact a Chicago construction accident lawyer, the harder it is to piece the events together. The attorneys at Malman Law have a track record of success in maximizing injured workers’ recovery compensation.
What can I do to protect my rights?
If you have been injured as a result of an accident at a construction site, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your legal rights:
- Get medical attention for your injuries.
- Report the injury to your employer and/or construction site manager, and note the name and position of the person notified.
- Get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
- If possible, try to preserve any evidence related to your injury by taking photographs of the area where you were injured (and the injuries themselves) and keeping the equipment or tool that was involved in your injury.
The Chicago construction injury attorneys at Malman Law have the experience to understand the complexity of these types of cases and the number of potential liable parties. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you to protect yourself and your legal rights.
I have been injured in a construction accident and all these people are calling me for reports – whom should I talk to?
It is common after a work-related injury for multiple people to get involved. You may receive calls from the company you work for, your insurance company, the construction company’s insurance company, regulatory investigators, and more. Construction workers who sustain injuries while working may feel the urge to issue statements to their insurance carriers or other investigators. It is important to avoid this because you may jeopardize your case and decrease the possibility of securing compensation.
Before you talk to anyone, call our office and schedule a free consultation with our experienced construction accident attorneys to determine your rights and ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your construction accident injury.
Your case can be won or lost based on the work done before it ever goes to trial, and this depends on the results of the investigation and fact-finding that your construction accident injury attorney will undertake on your behalf.
For the last fifteen years, we have offered skilled legal representation to injured workers and other claimants. If you, a colleague, or someone you know has sustained an injury on a construction site while working, contact a Chicago construction accident injury lawyer from Malman Law. Our qualified attorneys in Illinois will inform you of the legal and protection benefits concerning your case. You can access our services 24/7 at our conveniently located offices in Chicago’s “Loop,” or call our offices today and schedule a free consultation.