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.
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 the 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 whenever possible.
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:
Without proper safety measures, these hazards can be deadly. Duncan Law Group represents those who, through no fault of their own, have suffered a 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.
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 the 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:
For example, 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.
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!