Over 216,000 people work in the construction industry throughout Illinois, more than half of whom work in the Chicago area. Many more people work as contractors on construction sites and may not be included in the above statistics. This means that hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of being involved in a construction accident on any given work day. The following are a few frequently asked questions about construction accidents in Illinois.
What are the most common construction accidents?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the following are the four most common construction accidents that result in serious or fatal injuries:
- Being struck by a vehicle or object
- Getting caught in between two objects
Any of the above can cause severe injuries, including head or brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, burns, broken bones, and more.
Who can be held responsible for my construction accident?
There is no straight answer to this question, as the answer will depend on the circumstances of your accident and who or what caused the accident. For example, many construction accidents may be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, which can pay for your medical treatment and reimburse you for some lost income.
In some cases, however, you may also have the right to file a legal claim for personal injury following a construction accident. This may be the case if your accident occurred because of the negligence of a third party, such as the manufacturer of defective equipment or an independent contractor working at the site. The best way to answer this question is to consult with an attorney.
What should I do following a construction accident?
After a construction accident, you should always report the accident to your employer and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once your injuries are stabilized, you should not delay in contacting a construction accident and injury attorney to determine the best course of action for seeking compensation.