Peoria County construction workers are at risk nearly every day they are on the job. Serious accidents with severe injuries and fatalities often occur because someone was negligent at the job site. Every injured worker in Illinois is entitled to receive workers compensation to recover their monetary expenses for medical bills and lost wages. However, seeking additional funds over and above Workmen’s Comp. can be challenging. Hiring an attorney can help resolve your case quickly.
A skilled lawyer who specializes in premises liability, construction site accident and wrongful death lawsuits can usually file a lawsuit against additional third parties for damages. These third parties could include property owners, site managers, project developers, general contractors and subcontractors, coworkers, building material manufacturers, and suppliers.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handles construction site accident cases across Illinois. If you or a family member was injured on a construction project in or around Peoria, contact our attorneys for a free case review.
Current and Proposed Large Construction Projects in Peoria, Illinois
Riverfront Village Park – Phase I of the new Riverfront Village Platform and parking deck began in Autumn 2017 with the demolition of existing buildings. Underground utility work and grading should begin by spring 2018. Phase II is expected to start with the release of funding and include lighting and hardscape paths.
Peoria Downtown Development Project – OSF Healthcare and Caterpillar, Inc. announced a downtown development project in January 2018 that will employ at least 200 construction workers full time. The $80 million - $100 million project will construct a ministry headquarters for OSF Healthcare at the location where Caterpillar Inc. had planned to construct its global headquarters. Caterpillar Inc. donated the property which included a $3 million contribution to develop amenities that both companies could utilize.
Peoria Road Improvement – With the onset of warmer weather, Peoria is ready to begin seasonal road construction projects for 2018 beginning with the Willows Knoll Drive and Allen Road intersection that was once slated for 2021. Also, the reconstruction projects on Harvard Avenue and Northmoor Rd. are expected to continue. An additional $5 million has been slated to reconstruct N. University St. from Townline Road to Pioneer Parkway.
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Recent Construction Accidents in Peoria County, Illinois
Construction work is significantly more dangerous than most other careers. While Worker’s Compensation Benefits Program protects every injured worker and family member in a work-related accident that causes injury or death, obtaining full benefits can be challenging. However, if an attorney working on your behalf can identify a third party whose negligence directly resulted in causing the accident, they can be held financially liable in a wrongful death claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Obtaining more than workers compensation benefits is important. The injured worker or decedent’s family members can expect to obtain enough monetary recovery to pay for medical expenses and lost wages. The benefits program does not provide any funds for emotional and mental suffering or the trauma of a family member losing a loved one in a construction site accident.
Below is a short list of recent devastating accidents with injuries and fatalities occurring in the Peoria, Illinois area. They include:
- Peoria, Illinois – In 2015, a glass installation worker fell from scaffolding from a height of 30 feet while working at UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospital. The 36-year-old employee was transported to OSF St. Francis Medical Center for emergency medical care. The contracted employee was performing contract work by an East Moline glass company. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) began an investigation into the accident and cleared contractors to resume work on the project.
- Tazewell County, Illinois – An Atlanta, Illinois worker died in September 2012 while working on a road crew after being run over by a bulldozer at the construction site. The incident occurred in Washington, east of Legion Road on Route 24. First responders pronounced the 53-year-old employee dead at the scene.
- Peoria County, Illinois – In August 2012, an employee for Komatsu America Corporation died from an industrial accident at the facility. The 53-year-old Norwood resident lost an arm in the accident after it was severed. First responders arrived at the Addison Street facility and transported the injured victim to OSF St. Francis Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is investigating the accident and the results of an autopsy scheduled for the following day have not been released.
According to OSHA, accident fatality rates in the construction industry are nearly twice as much as any other industry sector. Additionally, minor accidents tend to occur at a more frequent rate in construction work than other dangerous occupations. This statistic can be a safety and health nightmare for workers on a construction site, where risk assessments should be mandatory to minimize posed risks and identified hazards.
Every supervisor, foreman, and employee should consider leading factors of construction site injuries that involve working at heights, moving objects, slipping, tripping and falling, excessive noise, material handling, trench, and excavation collapses, and hand-arm vibration syndrome. Additionally, construction workers can be exposed to asbestos, airborne materials, and fibers, or the hazards of electricity.
Free Consultations With Lawyers Handling Construction Project Accidents In Peoria
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Peoria construction site accident, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation for your damages and losses. However, these cases can be extremely complex and require the skills of a personal injury attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases, construction accidents, and premises liability lawsuits. A lawyer working on your behalf can review your case to determine if additional negligent third parties are also responsible. Holding the third party financially accountable could provide you and your family additional financial compensation.
The legal team of dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will handle every aspect of your claim from gathering evidence, speaking to eyewitnesses, filing necessary documentation in the appropriate county courthouse, and preparing your case for trial. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an appointment for a free, initial consultation to discuss the merits of your case and your legal options to proceed. We provide a “No Win/No Fee" Guarantee, which means if we are unable to secure a jury trial award or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement, you owe us nothing.
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