Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer
Helping Injured Workers Claim Compensation
The construction industry has the highest rate of work injuries and fatalities
in the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11 out
of every 100,000 construction workers lose their lives every year, making
it one of the most dangerous occupations in America. Construction workers
are routinely exposed to danger on account of a constantly changing work
environment with many risks.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one as a result of a construction
accident anywhere in the state, you should consult with a
Chicago personal injury lawyer at Duncan Law Group. You may have grounds for a third-party injury or
wrongful death claim above and beyond workers' compensation. Your
attorney can investigate the circumstances of the injury or death to determine
if any third-party negligence or wrongdoing occurred which should be pursued.
Common Injuries from Construction Accidents
Construction sites are regulated by state and federal law. Nevertheless,
an employer, general contractor, or others may ignore these mandated safety
regulations, resulting in injuries or death. Other accidents can arise
out of carelessness or through faulty machinery.
Common on-the-job injuries and accidents include:
While safety can never be guaranteed, it can be protected. The national
government has taken steps to eliminate risks of such injuries and establish
a safe environment in the workplace. You can rest assured that the law
is designed to help injury victims and their families obtain restitution
Safety Violation Lawsuits
In the United States, construction sites must conform to federal safety
standards. These safety regulations are delineated by the U.S. Government
in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. This act was initiated by Congress
in 1970 to correct the considerable problem of work-related accidents
throughout the nation.
The act redefined
workplace injuries and fatalities as a significant threat to the wellbeing of employees across
the nation. With this new perspective, the government established strict
rules to reduce the risk of on-the-job hazards. Today, construction sites
and other hazardous work environments are still subject to these guidelines.
As a result, workers in a wide range of jobs can expect a reasonable degree
of safety in their work environment—and take legal action when this
is not provided.
If a work environment does not comply with the safety regulations defined
in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, injured employees have the
right to pursue financial compensation for any injuries incurred as a result of their unsafe workplace. Beyond the damages provided
through workers' compensation, they may also seek restitution from
third parties whose negligence led to their injury.
Construction sites are innately dangerous on account of:
- Heavy equipment
- Power tools
- Extreme heights
Without proper safety measures, these hazards can be deadly. Duncan Law
Group represents those who, through no fault off their own, have suffered
tragic loss in an accident.
Contact a construction accident lawyer from the firm today to pursue a just ruling
after a serious workplace accident in Chicago.
Who can be held liable in a Chicago construction accident?
Depending on the circumstances involved in an accident, a number of parties
may be held liable for the injuries that follow. Those directly involved
in on-site work may be considered responsible for negligence that leads
to an injury. In certain circumstances, including incidents that involve
faulty machinery, off-site parties may be found to have contributed to
a given injury.
Any of the following may have contributed to your injury:
- Construction site owners
- Construction managers
defective equipment could be the result of poor design or improper maintenance. Generally
speaking, general contractors and subcontractors are responsible for keeping
the construction site hazard-free. While employers are exempt from injury
liability unless they failed to pay workers' compensation, any other
parties may be liable for your injury. In a construction site liability
case, the court will weigh the responsibility of each party to determine
who is at fault for the accident.
Your Case Matters—Schedule a Consultation Today
Construction accidents can involve complex factors with potential liability,
all of which need to be investigated and determined by your attorney.
If you have lost someone or been seriously injured because of another
person's carelessness, you are facing a potential physical, emotional,
and financial catastrophe. You have the right to hold others responsible
for their negligence, and the team at Duncan Law Group is ready to take
action on your behalf. Our firm offers the experienced, client-oriented
service you need.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today to retain a seasoned construction
accident lawyer for your case!