Chicago Construction Accident Lawyers
At Dwyer & Coogan, P.C., our Chicago construction accident lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of construction accidents get back on their feet. We have successfully helped many clients and their families across the state of Illinois. Learn more about the laws and your rights surrounding these kinds of accidents, and contact us to schedule a consultation today.
Construction sites are inherently dangerous. Every day, an average of two construction workers die of work-related injuries in the U.S. In addition, one in five of all fatalities in the workplace are construction-related. With hundreds of thousands of construction sites across the country, and millions of people working on-site, the fatal injury rate for the industry is higher than the national average for all industries.
The top causes of these fatalities include getting caught between objects, electrocuted, death by fall, and being struck by an object. Other safety hazards on construction sites include trench and scaffold collapses, failure to use the proper personal equipment, and repetitive motion injuries.
Tradesmen know that when on site, a worker must keep his head on a swivel. However, some dangers cannot be protected against. Some injuries happen because the risk was veiled or due to someone else’s negligence. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that the relevant safety standards, as established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), have been met so that workers are as safe as possible.
These standards include the following rights for workers:
- Appropriate training
- Safe machinery
- Proper safety gear
- Protection from harmful chemicals
- Right to request an OSHA inspection
- Right to report an injury, get medical records and view workplace records of other injuries
- Right to view results of tests performed to discover hazards
Learn more about construction workers’ rights here.
If you are an employee who has been injured while working on a construction site, you have the option of obtaining recovery for your financial and medical issues by working with an attorney to file a workers’ compensation claim. Additionally, if your employer has been negligent, they (along with any others involved, such as general contractors) can also be held liable. This includes a potential wrongful death lawsuit if a family loses a loved one working on a construction site due to negligence.
One of the most important things our Chicago construction accident attorneys can do for you is to level the playing field. We can do this by assembling a legal team to protect your interests in the same way that the defendant parties have likely already disseminated teams of investigators in an attempt to mitigate the companies’ liability in the accident. Insurance companies can be intimidating—especially if they try to convince you that their settlement offer is the best possible option for you.
Our experienced lawyers can help you understand your rights and stand up to other parties involved. We know how construction site injuries can impact both you and your family. Our primary purpose is to obtain justice for you and your loved ones. We can help you get the compensation you deserve and help see that your rights are protected.
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We welcome the opportunity to consult with you and discuss your options. We’ve spoken to workers like you. We have represented them. We know the time pressures that you are under. But we also know the law that requires general and sub-contractors to act with reasonable care for safety on site.
Our attorneys will investigate the situation and help determine if your injury may be due to the negligence of others. We will work diligently to secure justice for what you’ve suffered and lost. Fill out the contact form below to receive a free, confidential consultation.