Construction sites can be dangerous places. This is why you do everything right and take every precaution – you wear your safety gear, you keep an eye out for potential dangers and you watch your co-workers' backs.
Unfortunately, doing all of this won't necessarily protect you from anyone else's negligence. There are a number of ways recklessness on a construction site can result in a severe personal injury.
Our experienced construction accident attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We know how devastating these accidents can be, and we can help you in this difficult time.
If you need an experienced construction accident attorney in the Chicago, Illinois area, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 471-7777 for a free consultation.
Causes of Construction Accidents
You can walk through Chicago on any given day and see construction sites that are hives of activity. A big city is defined by its construction, and Chicago is no different. We need this difficult, dangerous work if our city is to continue to grow and thrive.
But while there's an irremovable element of danger in every construction site, that doesn't mean injuries there should be accepted or acceptable. As an employee on a construction site, you do valuable work, and your health and wellbeing should be protected.
Sadly, many construction workers are hurt by:
- Falling building material
- Electric shocks
- Slip and falls
- Burn injuries
- Falls from high places
These injuries are devastating, and they often make it impossible to continue working in construction. As such, compensation is vital.
What Are My Options?
In Illinois, most workplace injuries are handled through the workers' compensation system. If you're hurt on the job, you can file a workers' comp claim and receive benefits. However, you forego the right to pursue a legal claim through the courts.
Construction accidents are unique, however. Under state law, injured employees are allowed to file a lawsuit for a workplace injury if the injury was caused by a negligent third party – that is, by an individual or organization outside of your employer.
And construction sites have many, many third parties. Every construction site has vehicles trundling through, independent contractors working on their tasks, suppliers bringing in equipment and more. If one of these parties causes an accident that hurt you, a personal injury claim might be an option.
The only way to know for sure is to speak with our construction accident lawyers as soon as possible. We'll determine if you have a viable legal claim, or if the workers' compensation system is your appropriate venue.
If you're looking for an attorney with experience in the unique world of construction accidents in the Chicago, Illinois area, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 471-7777 for a free consultation.