According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 6.5 million individuals work at over 250,000 construction sites and thousands of workers are killed or injured every year.
Potential hazards for workers in construction include:
- Falls (from heights);
- Trench collapse;
- Scaffold collapse;
- Electric shock;
- Failure to use proper personal protective equipment; and
- Repetitive motion injuries.
Persons seriously injured in construction related accidents need to immediately retain an attorney. These are extremely complex claims that require an experienced injury attorney to represent the injured victim.
When someone suffers an injury while working at a construction site, they usually have two types of claims. They can bring a workers’ compensation claim against the injured worker’s employer. In Illinois, a worker will receive 2/3 of their lost wages while out of work, all of their medical expenses will be paid, and they will receive a disability payment at the conclusion of their workers’ compensation case. How much that final payment will be is dependent upon a complex formula that uses the worker’s wage rate, number of weeks missed from work, and the seriousness of the injury involved. Only an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can obtain all of the money an injured worker is entitled to under Illinois law.
The second type of claim a construction worker might have is a liability claim filed against other contractors, other than their employer, who might be responsible for their injuries. For example, if a pipe fitter is injured when the scaffolding collapses at his work site, he will probably be able to bring a lawsuit against the scaffolding subcontractor. In addition, he may also have a claim against the general contractor who is usually responsible for safety on the construction site. Other contractors may also be responsible, as well as architects, engineers, and owners. In order to prevail in a construction accident case, testimony from safety experts is always required. Sometimes dozens of depositions from witnesses and treating doctors are also needed for an injured worker to prove his case.
Only an experienced construction accident attorney can help a person injured in a construction accident. Friedman & Bonebrake, P.C. will work on these types of cases on a contingency fee basis. In other words, there are no legal fees unless a recovery is made.