Chicago Construction Accident Lawyers
Representation for Construction Accident Lawsuits in Chicago
Construction sites are often the birthplace of severe personal injuries, as there are frequently multiple employers, both general contractors and sub-contractors, at the site performing work. These accidents regularly give rise to both personal injury and workers' compensation claims. Because of this, it is important your attorney understands how to coordinate both claims, including the workers' compensation lien that may be asserted against your personal injury claim.
Insurance companies will have their investigators at the construction site immediately following an accident. Acting fast to retain competent legal counsel is the only way to ensure your rights are protected. Let our experienced construction accident lawyers in Chicago fight on your behalf. After more than two decades as a firm, we have helped more than 10,000 clients and recovered over $500 million.
If you have suffered a construction site accident please contact Leonard Law Group at (312) 487-2513 to discuss the merits of your claim. The faster you act the more likely a thorough investigation can be conducted before evidence is removed or altered.
Who is Responsible For Reporting Construction Site Accidents?
Reporting your injury is your responsibility. If you fail to report your accident to your employer they have the right to deny you workers' compensation coverage for any medical treatment or missed work. Even if you don't believe the injury is serious or will need medical attention, you should always report any injury at work to your employer.
Your employer is then responsible for taking steps to file a claim with the workers' compensation insurance company. If you believe that your claim has been delayed or has not been submitted by your employer, you should reach out to our firm today. We can help get you the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction site accidents often arise from unsafe steel erection, crane accidents, ladder and roof falls, equipment failures, and scaffolding accidents. A thorough investigation of the construction site is crucial to determine what caused or contributed to the injuries, and who is responsible.
Other causes of construction site accidents may involve the following:
- Inadequate training: all construction workers use some sort of machinery to do their jobs. In order to use their equipment safely, employees must be taught how to use it, and be informed of any safety precautions they should be taking.
- Faulty maintenance procedures: if a piece of equipment is not properly maintained, it is more likely to malfunction and harm its operator.
- Dangerous equipment: many of the tools that construction workers use on a daily basis are considered dangerous. As such, it is important that anyone who operates them is qualified, and that everyone on the site knows to be cautious around them.
- Failure to implement safety regulations: if workplaces are not compliant with state and federal safety regulations, injuries and deaths are much more likely to occur.
- Failure to warn of inherent risks: everyone who works on, or even passes by, a construction site should be aware of the hazards associated with the environment.
OSHA is a popular acronym for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States. This organization develops standards designed to keep workers safe on construction sites and helps find solutions to common construction site hazards.
The most common OSHA violations include:
- Dangerous scaffolding
- Inadequate fall protection
- Incorrectly conducted excavations (trench collapses)
- Improper use of ladders and stairways
- Missing head protection
- Ineffective hazard communication
- Electrical errors
If you were harmed on a job site that contained one or more OSHA violations, you are likely entitled to compensation.
Call for a Free Consultation with Our Experienced Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys
With decades of collective experience, our attorneys have what it takes to pursue workers’ compensation and personal injury claims resulting from severe construction accidents. You deserve to have quality representation that is tailor-fitted to your unique needs. At Leonard Law Group, we strive to uphold a tradition of excellence in each and every case we handle.
Contact us for more information about your legal options. Call (312) 487-2513 to speak with a Chicago construction accident lawyer today!