Controlled demolition is the most efficient means for contractors to clear lots for new projects either because the existing properly has become dilapidated or dangerous or the property owner wishes to use the space for something else. The process can be extremely dangerous for workers and bystanders, however, and the Chicago construction site accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC believe that victims have been through enough without the need to worry about whether they can meet their financial obligations. All injured workers are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits and there are other avenues through which you can receive compensation— especially if your employer is found negligent.
The Many Risks Presented on a Construction Demolition Site
Aside from the obvious dangers, demolition sites present risks because they are usually occupied by buildings, bridges, walls and roads that are old or in disrepair. This means that workers could be exposed to falling debris, be caught in the collapse of internal structures or exposure to hazardous materials. These risks include the following.
- Injury due to the improper use of demolition explosives. Negligence while working with explosives can put every person on the work site in harm’s way and improper explosive use can include accidental detonation, poor placement of explosives or failing to ensure that the area is clear of people before setting the explosives off.
- Injuries to the head, neck or spine due to falling objects. Falling objects are one of the greatest killers on construction sites and injuries to the head can also permanently render a victim unable to return to work.
- Falls from scaffolding and ladders. Falls can result in serious fractures and internal injuries that are life threatening. The greatest danger with internal injuries is a missed diagnosis which results in continued internal bleeding or infection. For additional information on ladder accident, look here. For material related to scaffolding accident, look here.
- Short or long term exposure to chemicals and contaminants. There are many chemicals located on demolition sites and it is possible for workers to inhale particulate that damages the respiratory system over time.
- Injuries due to negligent use of equipment or equipment failure. We know just how powerful many of the machines and devices used on construction sites and be and how devastating an injury can be when they fail or are used irresponsibly.
Injured Workers are Entitled to Compensation for Injuries Sustained During Demolition Projects
Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking you do not have a claim for any reason. Even if you are found solely liable for the events that led to your injuries, you are entitled to receive benefits under Illinois law. All employers must maintain insurance on behalf of their employees which will cover their medical expenses, a portion of their lost wages and disability benefits in the event of a permanent injury. You are also able to collect compensation if your loved one died in a workplace accident so that you are able to cover the cost of a funeral, incidental expenses and the wages your loved one contributed to the family.
It is also important to understand that you have the right to the following.
- The ability to choose whichever doctor or specialist you would like through your recovery. Employers often try to force their workers to go through specific medical providers and jump through hoops, but you have the right to seek treatment from whomever you would like.
- Injury pay that is equal to two-thirds of your average weekly salary for the entirety of your recovery so that you can continue to support your family while you are unable to work.
- Access to disability benefits in the event that your injuries impact your ability to return to work permanently.
- The right to file a lawsuit against your employer if your access was due to negligence or a violation of work safety laws.
Additional Avenues of Obtaining Compensation for Demolition Accidents
Our Chicago workplace accident attorneys know how to work with insurance companies and access other available resources to ensure you are able to receive the maximum amount of compensation to cover your expenses. Your personal health insurance policy may cover some of the expenses that you’ve incurred, for example, and there may be a variety of ways to pursue compensation depending on the details of your case.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a leading provider of award-winning legal services and can help you prepare your worker’s compensation claim or pursue additional legal action if needed. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified Chicago construction work injury attorneys so that we can gather the information we need to get to work on your behalf. We only accept payment after securing compensation on your behalf, so if we fail to do so for any reason, you are assured that our services will be free of charge.