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Joliet personal injury attorneysEveryone deserves to work in a safe environment. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent work accidents and injuries from occurring. If you were injured at work, you will most likely be entitled to some financial compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation is often insufficient. Depending on how you were injured at work, you may be able to bring a third-party personal injury claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. This may increase the amount of compensation that you can recover.

Types of Work Injuries That May Lead to a Third-Party Claim

A life-changing work accident can occur in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, work accidents are caused by the negligent or careless actions of an employer or another employee. Other times, work accidents are the fault of another party entirely. If someone other than your employer is liable for your injuries, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against that party and recover compensation through a third-party claim. Third-party claims may be brought by employees injured by:

  • Defective equipment or materials
  • Hazardous materials
  • Workplace violence
  • Car accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Contractor or engineer negligence on a construction site
  • A party’s failure to properly maintain equipment
  • Property owner negligence
  • Other instances involving unlawful or negligent actions

How is a Third-Party Claim Different From a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

In the majority of cases, Illinois employee are prohibited from suing their employer. However, compensation for injured employees may be available through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is no-fault coverage which means that an injured worker does not have to prove that his or her employer acted negligently or violated the law in order to be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, the recompense offered through workers’ compensation only covers a portion of an injured workers’ wages and does not provide compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.


Joliet construction accident lawyerThe city of Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods are constantly changing — new buildings are constructed while others are renovated or torn down, and highways and roads are remodeled in order to allow more efficient traffic flow. Construction projects such as these are necessary to maintain our busy way of life, but construction sites can also be extremely dangerous. If you have been injured while you were working on or visiting a construction site or your loved one was killed in a construction accident, a personal injury claim may allow you to recover compensation for your losses.

Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that of the nearly 5,000 worker fatalities in 2018, over 20 percent were in the construction industry. Although construction projects are subject to strict regulations and safety rules, serious and often fatal injuries do occur. Just over one-third of all construction worker fatalities were caused by falling. Being struck by an object, such as dropped equipment or falling debris, was responsible for approximately 11 percent of the deaths. Electrocutions accounted for 8.5 percent of worker fatalities. Just over 5 percent of worker deaths were caused by being caught between equipment or objects or being crushed by a collapsing structure.

Damages Caused By a Construction Injury or Death

Construction site injuries are often catastrophic and may include broken bones, burns, internal organ damage, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). An individual seriously harmed in a construction site accident may be disabled or disfigured for the rest of his or her life. If a construction worker is injured while on the job, he or she will likely be entitled to worker’s compensation. However, this compensation may not be enough to cover the full extent of his or her medical bills, ongoing medical costs, lost wages, and other financial losses. When an individual is killed in a construction site accident, his or her family may be entitled to compensation for the loss of the deceased person’s financial support, funeral and burial expenses, as well as the loss of his or her companionship and guidance. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the party liable for a construction site injury may be the general contractor, subcontractors, architects, equipment suppliers, product manufacturers, or another party.


Will County wrongful death attorneysThe US Bureau of Labor Statistics operates a program called the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, often referred to simply as CFOI. This program helps to compile statistics on the deaths that occur in the workplace such as:

  • Where the fatal injury took place;
  • What job the person was performing;
  • What industry the person worked in; and
  • Other details that can help determine new laws and regulations to make the workplace safer for all employees.

In Illinois, the CFOI program has noted a significant drop in the number of deaths in the workplace in 2017, the most recent year for which data has been compiled, from 2010. While this is a step in the right direction, any death in the workplace is a tragedy that can leave a family in an emotional and financial mess. 

Types of Injuries Sustained

Over half of the workplace fatalities in Illinois that occurred in 2017 were due to either slips, falls, and trips or those involving transportation. Slips and falls are usually, but not always, due to a dangerous work environment whether something was not cleaned up promptly or properly, or even due to equipment being left out where it can cause someone to trip. 

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