The construction profession is inherently one of the most dangerous occupations in Chicago. Every year there are thousands of worker injuries and fatalities in Illinois due to construction site accidents. Construction injuries can be some of the most painful and severe. Further, with a long road to recovery, you and your family may need substantial compensation from those at fault. There might be a loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a family member suffer injury 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 are:
- slip and falls
- struck by object
- caught-in between
These common causes of construction accidents and injuries are known as the Fatal Four. These causes are 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 accounts 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.
Further, while not on the list of four, work zone highway accidents are also very common. There are many safety campaigns to address this ongoing issue. In addition to criminal penalties, when a driver hits a worker, there will typically be a civil claim as well.
Construction Accidents Often Cause Serious Injuries
In some instances, the true effects of an accident may take time to reveal themselves. Some injuries get progressively worse as days and even weeks pass. What may seem minor while at work may in fact be a serious, potentially life-long injury. Sometimes adrenaline masks injuries or they simply take time to develop.
In other cases, a routine injury may be aggravated or worsen during the course of treatment. For example, an infection developing during or after 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 protect your rights and enable you to recover your damages.
That being said, construction accidents can cause serious or catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Fractures requiring surgery
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries that cause a worker to become a paraplegic or quadriplegic
- Eye injuries that result in permanent vision impairment or blindness
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 frequent health and safety violations on construction sites. These violations can cause accidents and injuries that put workers’ health and lives in danger. Often these violations are found after an inspection of the worksite by OSHA.
OSHA publishes this type of information to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths on job sites. These incidents are easy to avoid when you follow safety regulations.
The ten most common 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
- Not following fall protection guidelines
- Ignoring machinery protection guidelines
- Lack of proper eye and face protection
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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. The case could be against a contractor, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or other person or business. There can be a third-party claim 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 fatality or injury is due to a crane that was built with faulty or recalled parts, the manufacturer of the crane could be liable. Here, victims can seek compensation to pay for their damages with a third-party lawsuit.
Another example of a construction site injury third-party claim would be: a subcontractor erects scaffolding which another company’s worker will use to perform his work. Further, the subcontractor fails to make sure that the bolts holding the scaffolding are secure, causing the scaffolding to collapse. If the worker sustains an injury in this type of construction accident, the subcontractor can be liable for the worker’s injuries. This, 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 is responsible for your injury, the Illinois statute of limitations is 1 year from the date of the construction accident.
- When a private person negligently supervises a construction project and you suffer injury, the statute of limitations is 4 years from the date of the construction accident.
- If 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.
Typically, to be safe and avoid any issues, a construction injury attorney in Chicago will file a lawsuit within 2 years from the date of accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a construction accident, an accident lawyer should be consulted as quickly as possible to evaluate your case and to protect your rights. Your Chicago construction accident lawyer will investigate the cause of the accident, the extent of injuries and the responsible parties.
If the facts of your construction accident case do not call for a third-party negligence claim, you or your family still have a right to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
Construction Accident Attorneys in Chicago
The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have represented many construction accident victims over the years. We are ready to help you if you have injuries. We have a lawyer standing by 24/7 to take your call whenever you need answers. You can reach us at (312) 924-7575 to receive a free case consultation. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us. Finally, we will never charge a fee unless there is a financial recovery on your behalf.
We Will Come to You
When injuries are too serious to travel after a construction accident, we offer free in-home and in-hospital consultations. We do this so that you do not have to worry about traveling while you should be focusing on your recovery.
If you have been injured in an accident, make sure your legal rights are protected by calling us today!
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