It is a well-known fact that construction sites are dangerous places despite the efforts made by OSHA and employers to limit the number of severe and fatal injuries suffered on the job. The presence of environmental hazards, heavy machinery and electrical equipment are only some of the things that make construction work one of the deadliest professions in the United States.
While it is impossible to prevent all accidents and injuries from occurring, it is a reasonable expectation that employers provide a safe work environment in compliance with OSHA regulations and when a worker is killed because of a failure to do so, the employer may be liable.
Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits Available For Families Of Killed Construction Workers
When the action or inaction of a person or business results in the death of an individual, that person’s family may file a lawsuit on the grounds of wrongful death. If the incident that resulted in the worker’s death was caused by a failure to follow safety protocols, provide proper precautionary equipment or to provide a safe work environment, the employer, general contractor or other responsible parties may be held liable for the worker’s death and be required to provide compensation to his or her family.
If the accident was the result of defective equipment or malfunctioning machinery, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer of the defective machine or safety equipment liable for the death of the worker.
It is your right as the family of a worker killed in a construction accident to receive compensation on behalf of your loved one. Damages sought in wrongful death cases can include (see also, Wrongful Death FAQ's):
- Cost of medical treatment provided before the victim passed
- Loss of the victim’s income as a provider for her or her family
- Intangible loss known as a loss of society
- Pain and suffering that both the victim and his or her family may have needed to endure as a result of the accident
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to holding negligent parties fully accountable when their actions have long lasting repercussions on the families of those killed in a Chicago construction accident. We understand that the loss of a worker is not only the loss of an income but the loss of a loved one who can never be replaced. If you have lost a loved one in a construction accident, contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney who will help you seek answers and demand accountability from the party responsible for your loved one’s death.
After carefully examining your case and investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s death, we will let you know how best to proceed with litigation and what you can expect every step of the way. We understand that the loss of a loved one can be devastating and you have enough to worry about already, so you can rest assured that we will never demand upfront payment for our services or our advice. Payment will only be collected upon the successful negotiation of a settlement or if we take your trial to court and win damages on your behalf.