Illinois Construction Accidents Lawyers
An unexpected injury at a construction site caused by the negligence of another can be painful, medically expensive, and create a lifetime of physical and emotional limitations. If another’s reckless actions caused your disability or injury, you have the right to file a claim for compensation to recover your medical costs, hospital bills, lost earning potential, and money for the pain, suffering, and trauma you have endured.
The Illinois construction accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC take personal injury and wrongful death cases seriously. Our law firm believes that holding those responsible for causing the accident can make construction sites a safer place for everyone in the future.
Our years of combined experience have proven successful in helping individuals recover the monetary recovery they deserve. We can help you and your family too.
Working on a construction site can be a demanding job in a dangerous environment, requiring the workers to perform their duties with hazardous equipment, heavy machinery, or work at dangerously elevated heights.
Some construction accidents happen even when every employee is taking the safest precautions and following all procedures and protocols demanded by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).Potentially, Every Construction Site Accident can be Serious
Often, the construction worker harmed at work does not believe that their injuries are and only finds out later that they require years of recovery and need ongoing therapy and rehabilitation. Sometimes, the injury is so severe that the worker loses their ability to return to their job. In catastrophic accidents, the injured worker may be facing a lifetime of permanent disability that requires ongoing therapies, surgeries, treatment, and rehab.
To ensure you are properly diagnosed, it is important to seek out the best medical experts with experiencing in handling construction site injuries. Only then can you be assured that your health remains protected or you receive all the necessary treatment to fully recover, if possible.Construction Accidents are Expensive
Nearly all injured construction workers will face exorbitant expenses associated with their loss of job earnings, which can create a financial hardship for the family. Taking immediate action is important to ensure the lost wages do not cause a severe impact on paying bills, making the mortgage payment, or having cash on hand for other emergencies.
An attorney working on behalf of the injured worker and family can obtain adequate compensation for recovering:
- Hospital bills, medical expenses, and the cost of rehabilitation to treat all injuries
- Past, current, and future lost wages due to missed work because of the injuries
- Emotional and mental distress caused by ongoing suffering and stress
- Diminished quality of life, especially if the worker is unable to return to their job
If your injuries occurred on a construction site, it is best to hire a reputable attorney early on to prevent costly mistakes. You only have limited time to file a claim for compensation before the statute of limitations expires on your case.
Additionally, you are likely facing extensive medical bills and lost wages that need to be recovered as quickly as possible to minimize financial hardship on the family.
Hiring an attorney within the first two weeks after your accident can ensure that your rights remain protected. An attorney will speak on your behalf to the insurance company involved in your case before they make an offer to settle.
Have an attorney on your side is important because settling your claim in the early stages of the process usually does not serve your best interest, especially if your injuries, financial damages, and future bills are not a part of the offer.Building a Solid Case for Maximum Compensation
The devoted team of construction injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC get to work quickly to build a solid case for financial recovery. Working on your behalf, our attorneys will:
Investigate the accident by gathering all pertinent evidence
To ensure you have a strong case, we will begin a swift and comprehensive investigation by gathering facts, evidence, and proof of who is at fault for the accident. Our years of seasoned legal expertise helps us best understand the type of claim required to obtain compensation and what will be needed to preserve the evidence to prove your case to the claim’s adjuster or judge and jury.
Track and monitor your medical records and legal forms that document how the injury occurred
Initially, our legal team will help you find the best medical treatment to ensure you are receiving every health benefit possible to maximize your recovery. Additionally, we will obtain, monitor, and assist you with your medical bills and other documentation that will prove the extent of your injuries. These documents will help show how the accident affected your ability to maintain an optimal quality of life.
Consult with skilled professional experts
Nearly all construction accident cases are complex, especially those involving multiple parties that might be responsible for causing the incident. To maximize monetary recovery, our team of attorneys will speak with government safety specialists, engineers, medical experts, and financial economists to determine the best way to build your case. Their expert opinions will bolster your case. Their testimony provides the tools we need to present a compelling, persuasive argument when negotiating with the insurance company or speaking to a jury at trial, if necessary.
Prepare for an aggressive negotiation with a construction insurance company
Nearly all construction accident claims are settled out of court, even catastrophic cases that involve devastating injuries or preventable wrongful death. Our legal team demands adequate financial compensation and fair treatment from the insurance company. Our lawyers will build a solid case for negotiation to prove the monetary recovery you deserve. Our law firm will advise you only to accept a settlement offer that ensures you can maintain the maximum quality of life after the accident and your recovery. Otherwise, we are ready to take your case to trial to resolve your claim in front of a judge and jury.
Handle your bills, expenses, and liens from your professional medical providers
Likely, treatment for your injuries has left you with extensive medical bills and possible government liens if Medicaid or Medicare is involved. Our construction injury accident attorneys will handle all the complex issues of sorting out your bills while you spent all the time you need to fully recover from the incident.
Remain your advocate to ensure your best interests are protected
Our legal team will take your case to the next step if the insurance company is unable or unwilling to provide adequate compensation to settle your claim appropriately. Our team will fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. We will use every possible avenue to resolve your case successfully through arbitration, mediation, or trial if necessary.
Some of the answers to the questions below can help you better understand all the matters involved in a construction accident case and the need to safeguard your rights and family’s financial future. The most frequently asked questions involving injuries on a construction site include:What is Involved in a Construction Accident Case With Injuries or Wrongful Death?
The safety of every worker and visitor on a construction site is threatened where an accident can occur in the split-second and cause severe injury or wrongful death. Many times, workers or others just passing by suffer injuries by falling debris or objects or fall into an unguarded open area.
Common injuries associated with construction accident cases happened when the worker is hit by heavy machinery, injured by hazardous equipment, covered with dirt or debris in a collapsing trench, or a fall from elevated heights. Typically, these accidents are the result of a subcontractor’s negligence.Will Worker’s Compensation Cover all of my Medical Bills?
If your employer provides worker’s compensation benefits to ensure you are covered if an injury occurs, the amount of monetary recovery will likely be limited. Typically, you are not allowed to file a lawsuit against your employer for additional compensation unless you can prove that they recklessly or negligently caused the accident and knew of the preventable hazardous condition.
Sometimes, the construction accident involved additional contractors or subcontractors from other companies that are responsible for causing all or a portion of the accident. In these cases, you might have the option to file a lawsuit against anyone else that directly or indirectly caused your damages caused by negligence.
Your attorney working on your behalf can help you determine all the businesses, entities, equipment manufacturers, safety managers, or others involved in your case to ensure you receive maximum compensation from all of those “at fault.”What is the First Step I Should Take if I am Injured in a Construction Accident?
It is crucial to take appropriate steps to ensure that your rights are protected after you suffered an injury, or the family has lost a loved one through wrongful death in a construction accident. The steps include:
- Alert the supervisor, foreman, employer, or subcontractor immediately
- Obtain all contact information of every witness to the accident
- Have someone gather photographic evidence of the construction site accident scene in the first moments after the incident occurs
- Seek out immediate medical attention to begin your healing process
- Follow all doctor’s orders to ensure maximum recovery
- Contact a reputable construction accident attorney to start the process of legally resolving your claim
Statistics maintained by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reveal that 4779 construction workers were killed in 2018 in the United States. Most died as a result of one of four preventable circumstances (the fatal four) that involved falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, or being caught in or between objects.Are There Steps I can Take to Assert my Rights to Work in a Safe Environment?
If you believe that your construction site workplace is an unsafe environment, speak up. Tell your supervisor, foreman, or subcontractor of the dangerous or hazardous conditions. Next, make a complaint in writing.
If no action is taken to resolve the unsafe conditions, contact your nearest OSHA office, and file a formal complaint. To ensure your rights are protected from discriminatory or retaliatory action, submit your complaint with the federal agency no more than one month after you have spoken to your supervisors or subcontractor.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 understands relevant and comprehensive Illinois tort laws required to resolve your construction accident claim successfully. Let us work on your behalf to navigate the system and ensure you receive adequate financial compensation.
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