The construction profession is inherently one of the most dangerous occupations in Chicago and every year thousands of workers in Illinois are injured or killed at construction site accidents. Construction injuries can be some of the most painful and severe, and with a long road to recovery you and your family may need substantial compensation from those at fault to pay for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident in Illinois, contact Abels & Annes for a free case consultation.
The “Fatal Four” of Construction Accidents
Out of 4,674 worker fatalities that occurred nationwide in 2017, nearly 1,000 of them (or roughly 20%) occurred in the construction industry. To put it another way, 1 in 5 occupational deaths each year happen on a construction site. These are scary statistics and they point to a serious problem when it comes to construction accident injuries and death.
The leading causes of worker deaths in the construction industry (besides being struck on the side of a highway construction site) were:
- struck by object
- caught-in between
These four common causes of construction accidents and injuries are known as the Fatal Four. These causes are called this because they were responsible for nearly 60% of worker deaths in the construction industry.
Construction Site Falls account for 39.2% of construction accident deaths.
Being Struck by an Object account for 8.2% of construction accident deaths.
Electrocution accounts for 7.3% of construction deaths.
Getting Caught In Between or Crushed by Two Objects or Vehicles accounted for 5.1% deaths.
Your Construction Accident Injury May Be Worse than You Think
In some instances, the true effects of an accident may take time to reveal themselves, progressively worsening as days and even weeks pass. What may have seemed minor while at work may in fact be a serious, potentially life-long injury that was being masked by adrenaline or simply that took time to develop.
In other cases, a routine injury may be aggravated or worsen during the course of treatment, like an infection developed during surgery or a greater muscle tear occurring during rehabilitation. Injured workers are protected in these events by the laws of Illinois but they are required to actively seek relief from their injuries. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer early can help make sure your rights are protected to enable you to recover for your damages.
Our construction accident lawyers in Chicago are here to help you get compensation and we provide our services at no cost unless we win.
Top 10 Most Frequent Safety Violations at Construction Site
The following is a list of the most frequently violated health and safety standards on construction sites. These violations can very easily lead to accidents and injuries that put workers’ health and lives in danger. Often these violations are found after an inspections of the worksite by OSHA.
OSHA publishes this type of information to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths on job sites that could have easily been avpided in safety regulations were followed.
The ten most commonly cited construction violations are:
- Failure to use fall protection equipment.
- Failure to communicate hazard material information
- Dangerous scaffolding
- Lack of respiratory protection
- Hazardous power or energy supply on site
- Dangerous ladders
- Industrial trucks not following regulations
- Fall protection guidelines not being followed
- Machinery protection guidelines being ingnored
- Lack of proper eye and face protection
Request a Free Construction Accident Case Consultation.Injured Construction Workers Have a Right to Workers Comp Benefits
Under Illinois law, an injured worker has the right to file and collect workers compensation benefits for injuries on the job.
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, an injured construction worker may also have a third party negligence claim against a contractor, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or other person or business as long as the at fault party is not the employer or co-worker of the injured or deceased person. Generally, these types of lawsuits involve either general negligence in maintaining safe working conditions, or products liability for negligently maintained or designed equipment or vehicles.
For example, if a construction worker was killed or injured due to a crane that was built with faulty or recalled parts, the maunfacturer of the crane could be liable for the death or injury would be help accountable separately. This is known as a third-party claim and it allows victims to seek larger compensation claims to help pay for the damages.
Another example of a construction site injury third-party claim would be: a subcontractor is hired to erect scaffolding which another company’s worker will use to perform his work, and the subcontractor fails to make sure that the bolts holding the scaffolding are properly secured causing the scaffolding to collapse. If the worker is injured by this type of construction accident, the subcontractor can be liable for the worker’s injuries because the worker was not an employee of the subcontractor.
Statute of Limitations on Construction Site Injuries in Illinois
According to Illinois Law, there are time limitations from the date of the accident to file a construction negligence lawsuit. These time limits vary depending on who was responsible for your accident (like your employer or a third-party, as mentioned above).
If a local government, like the city, county, or school district was responsible for your injury, the Illinois statute of limitations is 1 year from the date of the construction accident.
If a private person was responsible for your construction accident, the statute of limitations is 4 years from the date of the construction accident.
If the the reason for your construction injury is more general, like unsafe working conditions, then the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the construction accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a Chicago construction accident, an accident lawyer should be consulted as quickly as possible to evaluate your case and to protect your rights. Your construction accident lawyer will investigate the cause of the accident, the extent of injuries and the responsible party to file for an effective workers compensation claim.
If the facts of your construction accident case do not call for a third party negligence claim to be filed, you or your family still have a right to collect Workers Compensation benefits.
Construction Accident Lawyers in Chicago
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have represented many construction accident victims over the years and we are ready to help you if you have been hurt. We have a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call whenever you need answers. You can reach us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575 to receive a free case consultation. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and if we represent you, we will never charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
We Will Come to You
If you are too injured to travel after your construction accident, we offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations so that you do not have to worry about traveling while you should be focused on your recovery.
If you have been injured in an accident, make sure your legal rights are protected by calling us today!
If you or a family member has been injured while working at a construction site or if a loved one has been killed in a construction accident in Chicago, Illinois request a Free Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 or toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO to speak with a construction accident personal injury lawyer now.