Belleville Construction Accident Attorneys
Experienced and Compassionate Representation for Injured Workers
Construction can be extremely dangerous. According to OSHA, one in ten construction workers in the United States are injured every year. Many construction projects require hundreds of people to coordinate their efforts at a single worksite. These people are simultaneously operating heavy machinery, working with live electrical panels and wires, and working with highly specialized equipment in tight corridors. If the projects are not appropriately planned, supervised, or managed, people can be severely injured or worse.
Too often, those responsible for ensuring that a construction site is safe fail in their duty, due to carelessness or their desire to cut costs. You should never suffer an injury because of the actions of another, particularly when that person has a duty to provide for your safety. That is why the law allows you to recover compensation if you’re injured because of the negligent or reckless conduct of another. Because of the complexity surrounding construction accidents, we strongly recommend that you contact a Belleville personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your injury.
Common Construction Accident Injuries
The top four causes of construction worker deaths each year are falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught in or between an object. When it comes to nonfatal injuries, the most common causes are parts and materials, hand tools, vehicles, contact with objects, falls, overexertion, and transportation incidents.
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to get injured on a construction site. Because of the variety of situations in which injuries can occur, construction workers often suffer a variety of injuries, including burns, lacerations, crush injuries, vision impairment, broken bones, and knee, ankle, neck, shoulder, and back pains. Occupational illnesses, such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, are another danger.
Construction Site Accidents and the Law
In the construction industry, entire job positions are dedicated to understanding safety regulations and implementing them on-site. In general, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal government agency, sets construction site regulations that most states have adopted. In Illinois, all federal OSHA standards have been adopted, and construction workers can take OSHA safety-training classes to ensure they understand the regulations.
In addition to OSHA standards, construction companies often have their own set of additional safety rules. If one of these rules is broken in addition to an OSHA violation, an injured worker’s personal injury claim may be stronger.
Who Is Liable for a Construction Accident Injury?
When you are injured in a construction accident, your first line of defense is workers’ compensation insurance. Illinois requires all employers to carry this insurance or self-insure in the event of a worker being injured on the job. Regardless of fault, you should be able to file a claim with your employer for these benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. If your employer denies your claim or does not have insurance, you may file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to have the state adjudicate your matter.
However, a number of parties may be considered liable in a civil lawsuit for your injuries at work. These include:
- Your employer – Your employer is your first line of protection at work. They are supposed to keep you safe on the job, and when OSHA safety guidelines are not followed or corners are cut to lower costs, your employer may be liable in civil court.
- Product manufacturer – If you were injured by a product, product liability law will come into play. Product liability holds a manufacturer legally responsible for producing or selling a faulty product. If the product was faulty in its design, manufacturing, or marketing, the manufacturer and/or retailer could be liable.
- Third-party company – There are a lot of moving parts on a construction site. A construction management company running a construction site may employ subcontractors who complete niche aspects of the job. If you were injured by a subcontractor or other third-party company on-site, they could be considered liable.
In some cases, a chain of events involving more than one person may have led to your injury. An experienced attorney can help you navigate a workers’ compensation claim and research who else may be responsible for your injury. In addition, an attorney can negotiate compensation with your insurance company, as well as other parties’ insurance companies, or take your claim all the way to court if needed.
Illinois Construction Accidents
Construction site accidents and safety violations are unfortunately common in Illinois. In 2018, OSHA fined a roofing contractor from Palatine more than $280,000 after agency inspectors determined that the company exposed workers to fall hazards on six of its Chicago projects. If a worker had been injured or killed due to a fall on one of those projects, he would have had a serious claim against the contractor.
In September 2017, a man fell 12 feet onto concrete and rebar while working. He was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition (WGNTV). While the cause of his fall was unknown, if it was due to improper procedure or faulty equipment, his employer and/or the product manufacturer may be liable in a personal injury claim.
Award-Winning Belleville, Edwardsville, St. Louis Construction Accident Attorneys
We at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, know how to handle cases involving construction injuries and accidents. Our construction accident attorneys have worked with a wide range of cases from wrongful death to electrocutions. Regardless of how your injury occurred, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
If you or someone you know has been injured while working as part of a construction team, contact an experienced Belleville personal injury lawyer at Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, for a FREE initial consultation. We understand that you may need assistance beyond the usual 9 to 5 business hours, which is why you can call us whenever you need legal assistance at (618) 641-9189. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t get paid until you do.
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