Construction Accidents on the Job
Chicago area construction workers are skilled and hard working. You are the reason that this area continues to grow and thrive. But you work a dangerous job and injuries are frequent. You undoubtedly have suffered more than a few injuries over the years. Your employer should have insurance that covers your injuries, but not all construction firms purchase the best coverage. And if you are working for a subcontractor, things can get even trickier when it comes to insurance.
Construction workers frequently suffer from falls, cuts, fractures and head injuries while on the job. These injuries cause you to lose work and incur major medical bills as well. Taking care of your financial obligations can become impossible. Without financial help, you can lose what assets you have while you heal. To prevent these worst-case scenarios from coming true, you need the help of an expert Chicago-area personal injury lawyer.
Workers’ Compensation law varies state by state, but Illinois requires most employers to carry this insurance. There are exceptions, particularly for subcontractors who have their own limited liability company. Section 3 of the Worker’s Compensation Act says that “extra hazardous occupations” must have this insurance but that sole proprietors, business partners, corporate officers and members of limited liability companies may opt out. That means there are quite a few exceptions to this state-mandated insurance. As a construction worker, you may end up financially as well as physically vulnerable to injury caused by the negligence of another on a job site. You may also be the victim of faulty tools and other equipment.
Construction Accident Types
If you are an experienced construction worker, you already know that your profession is prone to accidents. You see people get injured all the time. The most common injuries occur from the following:
Construction workers are frequently injured by serious falls. It’s a leading cause of injury on the work site. You can fall from roofs, scaffolding, ladders, cranes, etc. While some of these falls may be the fault of the injured party, many are caused by faulty equipment or the actions of someone else on the site or an inexperienced person visiting the site.
Heavy equipment in good condition is dangerous due to the possibility of operator error. These machines weigh tons and can easily crush someone. This equipment becomes more dangerous if it is faulty or poorly maintained. Imagine a wrecking ball gone wrong. In these instances, a skilled personal injury attorney might take sue the owner of the equipment or the manufacturer under “product liability.” Each legal situation is unique.
Truck drivers on worksites can also cause accidents. The drivers are often “off road” and sometimes drive too fast and without care for others doing their jobs. Workers can be backed over by big trucks and other heavy equipment. It’s all too easy to be the victim of poor driving at a construction site.
The Chicago heat and cold can cause workers to become ill. Heat stroke is a common occurrence during the Illinois summers, and the bitter cold of the winters can cause exposure symptoms as well as frostbite. Of course, most construction work takes place during the warmer months, which are quite warm indeed in Chicago. In 2018, the weather hovered near 100 on several occasions and hit 90 or above on a regular basis. Combined with the high humidity, the temps can easily make construction workers ill.
Hard hats are required at construction sites for a reason. Workers in high places may drop tools, or heavy materials, such as concrete can fall, hitting someone working below. In some circumstances, faulty construction may collapse. When these things happen, someone can and probably will be seriously hurt.
Those covered by workers’ compensation receive financial support for their medical bills and their recovery period. However, workers’ comp. benefits usually end three years after the date of your accident. For some injured workers, their injuries cause lifelong issues. That’s why you need the support of a knowledgeable Chicago personal injury attorney.
When injured workers do not receive the compensation that they need, their only option may be to file a personal injury suit against the general contractor, various insurance companies or, in some instances, the property owner. Although you may be reluctant to take this course, you deserve to have the financial resources to pay for your medical care and your regular expenses while you heal. In some cases, you may be able to collect for pain and suffering as well. Although you may feel helpless after an accident, you do have options.
Whiteside and Goldberg Law Group
Whiteside and Goldberg have over 50 years of experience in Chicago personal injury law. They know how to deal with tough cases in the greater Chicago area and have extensive knowledge of Illinois construction law. In fact, one of their specialties is pursuing construction negligence cases. As a construction worker, you are entitled to receive the best representation possible so that you can recover from your injuries without crushing financial worry.
Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd. also provides representation for other personal injury cases. They work with automobile accident victims, asbestos, mesothelioma and lung cancer sufferers, dog bite victims and medical malpractice victims. W&G law group also offers a free consultation before you make the decision to proceed. You do not have to worry about your bank account balance, either. You never make a payment until they win a settlement for you.
As a construction worker, you are more vulnerable to injury than most workers. For expert legal advice, call 312-334-6875 to speak to an attorney. Get the professional legal help that you need.
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