The construction of office buildings, apartment complexes, bridges, and more can greatly enhance a local community. Yet, when that construction is not properly managed or does not follow code, great injury and even death can result.
Construction accidents on the job occur when machinery, equipment or the workplace itself is made or left unsafe. Construction workers, laborers, and their families can sue on several tort theories of liability, including negligence and strict liability, against general and sub-contractors and product manufacturers.
Leading Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys
We have successfully represented many workers who have been injured while on the job. On behalf of our clients, we have won fair and just compensation against contractors, sub-contractors, and other parties including the victim’s employer.
Construction accident litigation is complex due to the nature of construction work. Project sites are busy workplaces, with the many sub-contractors, equipment suppliers, laborers, and others coming and going about the site. Moreover, the physical nature of the worksite often changes too, with the progression of the build. This change to the physical state of the construction site sees the appearance and disappearance of safety hazards, which can often cause severe injury or death.
Like any accident that causes significant injury, harm, or death, the preservation of evidence is critical to the success of case. Our Chicago construction accident lawyers maintain an on-call investigation team, so valuable (and often easily destroyed or removed) evidence regarding the negligent conduct that caused an injury does not go missing.
Limitations of Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation benefits can provide partial short-term wage replacement, medical care, and long-term disability benefits. However, the damages suffered in construction accidents tend to be far more extensive than can be covered by workers’ compensation.
The right to pursue a third-party lawsuit against individuals and entities other than your employer is important because workers’ compensation benefits can be woefully inadequate to fully compensate you for your injuries.
Civil actions against employers and others involved in the construction accidents – a personal injury lawsuit – for lost past wages and future diminished earning generally result more favorably for victims of construction accidents. Additionally, some of the damages available in a lawsuit are not part of a workers’ compensation claim. For example, claims for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional anguish, and punitive damages can be pursued through a lawsuit. They are not pursuable through workers’ compensation.
Beyond Workers’ Compensation
Even though you may be receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you may also been able to recover compensation for your construction accident injuries against a party (for example, another company or sub-contractor) other than your employer.
Pursuing Justice After Your Construction Accident
Our Illinois and Wisconsin construction accident attorneys carefully investigate the circumstances of a worksite accident. With our extensive experience in construction accident litigation, our attorneys can identify third parties who contributed to our client’s injury: project owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, equipment suppliers, engineers, architects, machinery manufacturers, leasing companies, and others.
While workers’ compensation benefits are valuable because they can be obtained relatively fast on a no-fault basis, our law firm recognizes the importance of supplementing these benefits with personal injury damages for maximum compensation. We invite you to contact us to speak with our construction accident lawyers – for free – about your accident.