A tragic accident at Ford’s assembly plant in Chicago claimed the life of a construction worker earlier this month and critically injured another who attempted to assist the first worker. Whenever an accident claims the life of a worker, the Chicago construction accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC always pose the question of whether the incident could have been prevented with more adequate safety measures or policies designed to protect employees from workplace hazards. If you have lost a loved one or suffered serious injuries due to a workplace accident, it is important to know your rights so that you may recover the compensation you and your family are entitled to.
Accidental Wall Collapse Determined as the Cause of Worker’s Death
John Jaloway was killed after an eight foot by eight foot concrete wall collapsed at the assembly plant located at 126th and Torrence Avenue. His death was the result of multiple blunt trauma injuries that he received during the collapse. He was 45 years old. Another worker attempted to rescue Jaloway during the incident and suffered critical injuries during the attempt.
The unnamed man was rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center. After review, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death and injuries an accident and Ford has been cooperating with an ongoing investigation. Jaloway’s family may be entitled to compensation on the ground of wrongful or accidental death if it is determined that the accident was the result of negligent or reckless actions or procedure.
The Rights of Construction Workers and Their Families
Workers’ compensation laws require employers to insure their employees in the event they are injured while performing their duties. Regardless of whether an employee is at fault for an injury, he or she is entitled to receive compensation for the cost of emergency medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy and two thirds of his or her earnings while incapacitated. If the worker is killed due to injuries sustained in the accident, his or her family is entitled to a death benefit. The value of this benefit can vary based on factors such as whether the victim had surviving children and the level of dependency his or her family had on the income he or she provided.
Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers encounter clients who are not aware of their rights following an injury or death to a member of their family. All of the benefits listed above are guaranteed regardless of whether the victim was at fault for an accident, which is important to consider when filing a claim. If an employer’s negligence contributed to an incident or was the direct cause, you may be entitled to additional compensation, including potential punitive damages meant to deter negligence employers from continuing their irresponsible behavior.
Up to 85% of workers who are injured seek legal advice prior to filing workers’ compensation claims, primarily due to the measures that employers and their insurance companies may take to limit their financial liability. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has helped thousands of workers and their families when a workplace accident has resulted in serious injuries, a permanent disability or the loss of a loved one.
Contact us today to speak with one of our award winning Chicago construction accident attorneys so that you can review your legal options and learn more about your rights during a free case review. We will also collect all of the information we need to investigate your accident and assess the value of your claim. We work solely on a contingency fee basis, which means you are guaranteed we will never charge you a thing for our services unless we can secure compensation on your behalf.