Orland Park Construction Accident Lawyer with Offices in Cook and DuPage Counties
Experienced Attorney Representing Construction Accident Victims in Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, and Surrounding Areas
Construction keeps the roads and highways in safe and working condition, grows and improves cities, and ensures that buildings and homes are in good repair. It also happens to be one of the most dangerous industries to work in. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that one in five of all 4,821 annual worker deaths occur within the construction industry. Thousands more workers are injured, often to the point that they are unable to return to work. It is not just workers who are at risk though. Pedestrians, drivers, and other passersby may also suffer an injury or fatality because of construction. This risk is significantly increased whenever there is negligence at a work site.
At Schwartz Injury Law, we understand how devastating the effects of a construction accident can be. Health and a victim's ability to work can be significantly or permanently impacted. Their families and futures may be strained or at risk for long-term financial troubles. In short, the lives of victims are turned upside down. Our attorney serves as a trusted and compassionate advocate and ally during this stressful and painful time. We handle the complex legal details of their claims, giving them the time and energy they need to heal or grieve. In every situation, we fight to get our clients the most compensation possible. We believe victims should never have to face the consequences of a construction accident alone.
Construction Site Negligence
The construction industry is rife with risk factors, such as heavy machinery, electrical equipment, hazardous substances, and elevated work locations. Federal safety regulations, imposed by OSHA, are designed to control these risks and reduce the prevalence of injury and fatality. However, these rules are often violated in an effort to save time and money. Examples of these shortcuts might include:
- Failure to properly train employees for the job they are given or the machinery they are operating,
- Failure to provide proper safety gear and equipment,
- Failure to maintain equipment and machinery,
- Failure to follow lock-out/tag-out procedures,
- Overloading scaffolding or crane equipment,
- Failure to follow fall prevention procedures,
- Failure to properly secure loads,
- Failure to take reasonable precaution when dealing with unsafe or unstable working surfaces,
- Failure to test or check for hazardous chemicals and/or substances, and
- Failure to warn employees and/or the public of expected risks (falling debris, etc.).
When foremen, contractors, supervisors, or other personnel fail to take these reasonable precautions, they can be held liable for negligence. Unfortunately, determining which parties were negligent, and to what extent, can be a complex and arduous process. An expedient but thorough investigation must be conducted. Our attorney has the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to effectively identify all negligent parties. We will work swiftly and meticulously in your construction accident case.
Falls are the most common injuries suffered by workers at construction sites. These injuries can be very severe, especially when a person falls from a great height, and they may include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or internal injuries. Construction workers are also commonly injured after being struck by falling objects or being caught in between pieces of equipment, and burn and electrocution injuries can often occur at construction sites.
If you were injured while working at a construction site, you will usually be eligible to receive workers’ compensation, regardless of whether you or your employer were responsible for the injury. Workers’ comp will fully cover the costs of any medical treatment you receive for your injury. You may also be eligible for temporary or permanent disability benefits that will cover a certain percentage of the income you have lost or will lose due to your injury.
Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to cover any injuries that occur during the normal course of work, including when you or your employer may have been at fault for an accident. However, in some situations, you may also be able to pursue a third-party personal injury lawsuit against another person who was responsible for your injury, such as the manufacturer of defective equipment or a subcontractor that did not follow the proper safety procedures. In addition to economic damages, a third-party lawsuit may address pain and suffering or emotional trauma experienced by you and your loved ones.
You should report any injuries to your employer. To be sure that your medical treatment will be covered by workers’ compensation, you may need to see an approved medical provider. You may also be able to submit a claim for disability benefits, but in many cases, insurers will deny these claims or refuse to pay the full amount of benefits you are entitled to. An attorney can help submit a claim and make sure you will receive the full benefits you deserve, and they can also determine whether you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against any third parties.
By working with an attorney, you can ensure that you understand the full extent of your injuries and the impact they have had and will have on your life. This will ensure that all of the medical treatment you receive will be fully covered by workers’ compensation. Your attorney can also help you make a claim for disability benefits based on how your injury will affect your ability to work in the future, and they can also help identify any third parties who may have been responsible for your injury and work to recover compensation for your damages.
Orland Park Construction Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact Schwartz Injury Law today. Known for our personalized and dedicated services, we will protect your interests and fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. Ask how we can assist with your case in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, Palos Heights, and the surrounding areas. Contact our attorney by calling 708-226-9000.