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Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer

Are You a Construction Workers Injured on Job Site in Chicago, Illinois?

Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. If you are reading this, you are perhaps one of thousands of construction workers seriously injured each year on a commercial or residential job site.

You know you have legal rights regarding compensation, but you need help navigating the process.

You Need an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney to Review Your Case

As the victim of a construction accident, you have legal rights in terms of benefits afforded to an injured worker under the Civil Law of Illinois and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

However, your accident may have included a liable third-party, which warrants deeper investigation. You need expert help to review and pursue the details of your accident.

You Have Come to the Right Place

Our law firm is well-experienced in representing individuals and families in cases involving a serious injury or a fatality on a worksite. We provide you with a free consultation to understand the details of your accident before pursuing legal action.

To ease your financial burden brought on by medical bills, all our Illinois construction accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, where we only charge a fee if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.

When you work with us, your construction accident lawyer will be available to you 24/7 to see your case to a beneficial outcome.

Most Common Causes of Construction Worker Fatalities

Our Lawyers Will Hold Negligent Parties Accountable

The Chicago construction accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to holding negligent parties fully accountable when an accident occurs on a worksite. We understand that there may be parties involved external to your employer, and we will dedicate our time to finding out the details.

This is important because, while the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act offers compensation for people injured on the job, the benefits afforded can be relatively superficial.

Our legal experts understand that these workers’ compensation benefits are fixed in nature and will never fully compensate you for your injuries and all medical bills.

They may cater for wages while off work, medical expense payment, and/or a lump sum based on the extent of your injury, but what about future expenses and pain and suffering? Depending on your accident, there may be a negligible third party who should be held liable for these damages.

When retaining the services of our law office, you gain the confidence that your construction site injuries will be investigated from every aspect to determine if you have a viable civil suit or third-party claim.

We will assist in determining the liability of a third-party so that you can claim for all future wage loss, the cost of future medical care, as well as your pain and suffering caused by their negligence at your work environment. In some circumstances, we may also be able to pursue a claim for punitive damages when the defendant's conduct is reckless.

We Have Seen Construction Accident Injuries Just Like Yours

With more than twenty years of experience in representing injured workers, we have seen just about every kind of accident you can think of.

There is almost no limit to the kind of accident that can occur, however, most Chicago construction accidents tend to fall into one of a few types of accidents, including falling objects; slip, trip, and fall accidents; scaffolding and ladder accidents; electrocution; accidents involving machinery; and explosions.

These are the most common accidents we have seen, but if yours doesn’t fall into any of these categories, don’t fret. We are well-versed in investigating all kinds of scenarios and freak accidents.

As experienced Chicago construction accident lawyers, we have represented people with the varying degrees of accident injuries sustained on active work sites, ranging from less severe (fractured bones, abrasions, bruising, scraping and burns) to more serious (permanent disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, amputation and fatal construction accidents).

Whatever the consequence of your accident, your personal injury lawyer will fight for your full compensation.

Settlements We’ve Won for Injured Construction Workers

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$5,250,000: Recovery for the family of a work who died when he fell through a roof of a factory under demolition. (Cook County, IL)

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$2,300,000: Settlement for a union worker struck by a forklift while unloading materials from a flatbed truck on a jobsite.

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$2,150,000: Construction accident involving a 20-foot falls from scaffolding without fall protection.

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$1,899,000: Recovery for a union carpenter who fell from an improperly positioned ladder on a condominium development project in downtown Chicago.

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$1,760,000: Recovery for a roofer who fell from a condominium roof replacement project. Settlement was paid by a general contractor in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.

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$1,250,000: Settlement for a tuckpointer who fell from an improperly secured skylight on the roof of a building under restoration and foundation excavation.

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$985,000: Residential construction site fall involving a laborer who fell down a stairway that was under repair.

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$800,000: Construction site accident with a lawsuit filed against general contractor and several subcontractors.

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$480,000: Construction accident settlement for carpenter who fell through an unmarked hole in the floor.

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$400,000: Scaffolding fall while working on construction of a condominium project in Chicago.

Taking Action With Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers

When you decide to pursue your personal injury claim with one of our experienced Chicago construction accident lawyers, you will have a legal expert by your side to see you through the process of taking legal action against a negligent third-party (not your direct employer). In addition, we can help you secure workers' compensation benefits.

This process generally entails the below steps:

  1. Free consultation: We will talk with you to discuss your accident and to determine the viability of your case.
  2. Investigation: Once we have determined that third party negligence was involved, we will undertake a thorough investigation of the accident, including visiting the site, talking to witnesses, and consulting with relevant specialists.
  3. Take photographs: If possible, take pictures of the accident scene at the worksite, capturing visual information that will assist you later in telling your story of what happened.
  4. Meet with a construction accident attorney: Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in construction injury accidents to assist you in filling out all accident-related forms.
  5. Journal what you recall: Maintain a journal containing all your records and note the details of every symptom, doctors visit and discussion with other relevant parties.
  6. Request and review all reports: Request a copy of your accident report from your employer and review it with great care, ensuring you correct every inaccuracy.

We can Help You, Like We Have Helped Many Others


These lawyers did a great job handling a work-related injury case for me. They uncovered a case against a general contractor that I was unaware of prior to their involvement.

Mark H.

As a union member, I appreciate a law firm that goes out of their way to help an injured worker and his family. I have known Mr. Rosenfeld for almost 20 years and can attest to his commitment to assisting people recover maximum compensation for cases.

Ron M.

I have used the services of Rosenfeld Law on several occasions and am always impressed their preparation of cases and the results they are able to achieve.

Bobby D.

Our Process

1. Documentation

From the time we are retained in a case, we begin collecting relevant records on your case such as medical records, medical bills and information about insurance coverage.

This frequently means medical reports from treating doctors documenting the extent of your injuries and prognosis.

We are committed to getting this information for you so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

2. Investigation

Our law firm begins an investigation into the circumstances related to your case as soon as feasible.

This typically means obtaining police reports, investigative documents and photographs of the scene of the incident.

This may also entail getting statements from witnesses and others who have knowledge of the facts related to your case.

3. Negotiation

After we have an understanding as to how your accident occurred and your injuries, we will approach the insurance company for the individual or company who caused the accident and attempt to negotiate a full and fair settlement.

If we cannot secure a settlement, our trial attorneys will get a lawsuit on file and get your case prepared for court.

4. Settlement

Over 95% of our cases get resolved prior to trial. Many of our cases get resolved during the course of litigation or during a mediation.

Whenever your case gets settled, your lawyer will give you a complete accounting for all legal fees and expenses showing you exactly how much money you will recover.

We provide you full transparency so you are fully aware of the settlement figures.

FAQs About Chicago Construction Site Accidents

How Long do I Have to File an Illinois Construction Site Accident Lawsuit?

Illinois construction accident lawsuits involving personal injury must be filed within four years (commonly referred to as the statute of limitations) from the date of the incident. Failing to do so will forever bar your claim.

For workers’ compensation cases arising out of a construction site accident in Illinois, there are two time periods to consider. First, you should notify your employer that you were injured and that your injuries arose from your employment. Illinois workers' compensation laws require you to give this notice as soon as possible, but no longer than 45 days after the date of your accident. Second, you should file your claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years from the last payment of compensation from your employer, or three years from the date of your injury. When it comes to repetitive use injuries or long-term exposure injuries, these dates may be more complicated to determine, so it’s best to consult an attorney to ensure that your claims are timely.

What Type of Compensation can I Recover in a Construction Accident Lawsuit Involving a Third-Party Claim?

As a construction worker in Illinois, you are generally barred from pursuing a civil lawsuit against your direct employer. Your exclusive remedy is limited to benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. However, if a third party aside from your employer caused or contributed to the incident that caused your injuries, you can seek help from an Illinois construction accident attorney and file a lawsuit to recover compensation that goes beyond what is afforded to you under workers’ compensation.

By pursuing what is referred to as a third-party lawsuit, an injured construction worker could recover compensation for additional damages recognized under Illinois law, such as medical expenses, pain, and suffering lost wages, disfigurement, or wrongful death. The Chicago construction accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers regularly pursues these damages for injured workers and their families involving active construction sites. Most settlements are paid by insurance companies for responsible entities.

In the case of an accident involving fatal injuries, the family of the deceased worked can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for their economic and non-economic losses.

Who are Common Defendants in Chicago Construction Accident Cases?

Some of the parties that may be pursued as defendants in third-party construction injury lawsuits include general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers, product manufacturers, property owners, construction companies and engineering companies. Our Chicago construction site accident injury attorneys know the investigative process well and will uncover the facts to ensure all liable parties are held accountable, giving you expert legal advice along the way.

Can I sue the General Contractor if I am Injured While Working as a Sub-Contractor?

Yes, you can sue the general contractor if you can prove that they are liable for imposing the condition which caused your injury. This means proving that they didn’t provide safe working conditions, didn’t warn you of dangers that weren’t obvious, or didn’t adhere to relevant safety statutes and regulations.

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Gain Some Context About Your Case

To give you a wider understanding of the construction accident practice area, our attorneys have put together some insightful information about industry regulations and accident statistics. The below information should help you feel more prepared and knowledgeable about your case.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA is a government agency responsible for protecting workers in all industries from unsafe conditions. In order to ensure the safety of workers, OSHA has a series of specific regulations pertaining to virtually every aspect of work performed on a small or large construction project. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a construction project, there is a strong likelihood that an OSHA violation was present and caused or contributed to the incident. When evidence of an OSHA violation has been established, it can be helpful in assembling a case involving the responsible companies.

The Dangerous Nature of Construction Work

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of every 100 people employed in the construction industry, 6.3 will be injured and require recuperation away from work every year. Further, 11 out of 100,000 people will die on the job annually. This makes construction one of the most dangerous injuries in America.

What to do if You Have Been Injured on a Construction Site

If you or a family member was injured on a job site, taking the following steps can help protect your legal rights and options for recovery in the future.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately: There is no way to be assured you do not have a life-threatening injury until medical personnel can fully evaluate your condition.
  2. File a report: The law requires you to file a report with your employer if physically possible, detailing as much of the accident as you remember.
  3. Take photographs: If possible, take pictures of the accident scene at the worksite, capturing visual information that will assist you later in telling your story of what happened.
  4. Meet with a construction accident attorney: Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in construction injury accidents to assist you in filling out all accident-related forms.
  5. Journal what you recall: Maintain a journal containing all your records and note the details of every symptom, doctors visit and discussion with other relevant parties.
  6. Request and review all reports: Request a copy of your accident report from your employer and review it with great care, ensuring you correct every inaccuracy.

Start the Process Today

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to securing the maximum compensation Illinois law allows for our clients injured on commercial and residential job sites in the Chicagoland area.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed while working on a construction project in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, our construction injury attorneys are interested in speaking with you. Contact us for a free consultation and start the process towards full compensation.

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