Over the course of a year, drivers in the greater Chicago area likely travel upon hundreds, if not thousands, of individual roads, streets, expressways, and interstates. These roads are constructed and maintained by numerous construction workers and employees who place themselves at risk of danger as they work to repair potholes, broken road surfaces, and other defects.
The laws in Illinois require that construction sites be maintained in a safe manner so that employees have to undertake as little risk of injury as possible. But risk is inherent and construction accidents continue to occur annually, many of which take place in Chicago and the suburban areas. When an accident does occur, the victim of that incident may incur medical expenses and be forced to miss time from work, placing that victim in a financially worse situation than if the incident had never occurred.
Fortunately for workers in Illinois, the state laws protect victims who are hurt through negligence of others. When it comes to a construction accident, it may be possible for a worker to seek relief against a responsible party, whether it is an employer, another company at the site, or a municipality like a city or state. At a minimum, all workers are protected by workers’ compensation laws which entitle them to necessary medical treatment and financial damages in the event of an on-the-job accident, regardless of who is to blame.
Street Failure Accidents in Chicago
Construction workers are at risk for a number of common accidents, including incidents caused by street failures. Much of the construction industry deals with road work and therefore many construction workers are exposed to repairs and removal of road surfaces. Ideally, this work is conducted in a safe manner that does not place unnecessary risk, but too often, that is not the case. Numerous workers are injured every year while working on a road’s surface that collapses, caves in, or otherwise gives way, often leading to a substantial fall to the street’s subsurface.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”), there were 4,175 workers killed on the job in 2012 alone. Of those victims, 806 were involved in construction accidents, meaning that just under 20 percent of all workers killed were construction employees. More than half of the fatal construction accidents were caused by one of the Fatal Four incidents, which, in descending order, were falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being trapped or caught between objects.
Falls were the single most fatal type of construction incident in all of 2012 across the country because a fall can prove deadly even if it is from a short height. When a road’s surface collapses, a worker in the area may be unable to avoid a fall, risking his or her safety and even his or her life.
Legal Options for Street Failure Victims
An incident of a street failure can trigger a number of legal claims on behalf of anyone injured in the accident or on behalf of a victim’s surviving family members. It may be possible to bring a third party claim, a workers’ compensation claim, or even both, depending on the facts and circumstances of any individual street failure.
The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. believes that all victims should have a lawyer on their side, fighting for their rights. We have experience representing the construction industry victims and we are ready to help you as well. We keep a licensed lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and provide you with a free case consultation regarding your accident. You can reach us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575. If you prefer to meet with us in person but you are too injured to travel, we also offer free in-hospital and in-home case consultations to suit your needs.
If you have been hurt while on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the incident, you may be entitled to legal relief. Call the injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you toward a path of recovery.
If you have been injured in a street failure construction accident, call us toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO or Contact Us online for a free case consultation.