Chicago ranked third among the nation’s the most densely populated cities in America with more than 2.7 million residents, according to the 2010 federal census. The Bureau of Labor Statistics under the United States Department of Labor revealed that in 2015, more than 170 fatal accidents occurred to victims who were working on the job in Illinois. This number was slightly higher than the year before, where there were 162 work-related fatalities in the state. Many of these deaths occurred in the Chicago metropolitan area. The wrongful death attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented hundreds of families who lost a loved one who went to work in the morning believing their workplace was safe and secure.
Construction sites can be an extremely dangerous place every work day, where general contractors, subcontractors, employees, vendors, and others work with heavy equipment, cumbersome tools, and building materials. Many potentially dangerous environments could result in life-threatening conditions if anything goes wrong on the site. Construction site workers often face a variety of hazards including:
- Falling objects
- Electrocution by live electrical wires
- Slip and falls,
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Vehicle accidents
- Crushing injuries
- Life-threatening lacerations
- Concussions, brain injuries, and head trauma
- Internal organ damage
- Punctured lungs
- Wrongful death
Your employer is legally responsible to ensure that the construction site remains safe at all times. Any failure to do so violates many OSHA regulations. In the event of the death, occurring on the job site, the surviving family members likely have the legal rights to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the employer, developer, vendor, and site owner. Our attorneys fight for the monetary compensation you are entitled to receive in a wrongful death lawsuit that includes:
- Past hospitalization and medical expenses
- Funeral and burial bills
- Loss of wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Emotional and psychosocial pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and companionship
Common Construction Accidents
The construction site accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented clients who are victims of all kinds of construction accidents. The most common construction accidents cases we have successfully resolved have involved:
- Slipping and falling incidents on a construction site that happens because of a spill, hole in the ground, uneven pavement, or other dangerous environments.
- Falling from extreme heights from a construction platform, scaffold, ladder, or lift that results in extensive injuries.
- Exposure to flammables, explosive equipment, and materials on the construction site that might involve gasoline, building materials, and broken gas lines. The construction site owner has a legal responsibility to ensure that every known flammable item or material is stored away safely.
- Falling heavy materials and objects on the construction site that injures a worker, employee, contractor, visitor, or passerby. The object, debris, and materials could include bricks, tools, building materials and lumber.
- Exposure to live electrical systems and wiring on a construction site that poses a significant risk of electrocution that could cause third-degree burns or death.
- Vehicle accidents involving heavy equipment on a construction site being driven by an inattentive or inexperienced driver that results in the injury or death of workers.
If you have been severely injured while working on your River North construction site, it is essential to seek out immediate medical treatment before returning to work. Also, you should talk with our attorneys to discuss filing a Workmen’s Compensation claim for your injuries and possible additional claims and lawsuits filed against other third parties who are also responsible for your damages.
River North Construction Sites and Worker’s Compensation
The Illinois Worker’s Compensation program is designed to cover employees that are hurt in construction site accidents. However, the Illinois Workmen’s Compensation claim usually does not provide adequate benefits to meet the needs of the injured worker’s financial problems. While the program provides a level of security to the construction worker when seeking benefits for their injuries, it limits the amount of compensation they can receive and restricts them from filing additional claims against their employer if the amount of their monetary recovery is not sufficient to cover their current and future bills.
However, construction accidents are often extremely complicated to resolve. Our attorneys might file an additional lawsuit or compensation claim against another subcontractor or contractor’s insurance carrier if we can prove there are multi-layers of coverage, comparative fault, or other evidence that other parties are also at fault. This additional layer of compensation can provide funding to recover a wide range of health and medical treatments, lost wages including temporary and permanent disability, and non-tangible damages including anxiety, loss of enjoyment, pain, anxiety, suffering, and mental anguish.
About Chicago’s River North Neighborhood
Chicago’s Northside is home to the River North Gallery District known for its popular art galleries, restaurants, dance clubs, bars, Design District, and entertainment venues. The area is bordered by Huron and Superior streets between Orleans and LaSalle. Many residents live in residential high-rises surrounding the Chicago River and Erie Street at Erie Park.
The community was first called Smokey Hollow in the early 1900s because of the many factories in the area. At times, thick layers of smoke emitting from the factories from burning coal blocked the sunlight. The neighborhood is also home to Chicago’s Little Sicily. The first bootlegging operation during Prohibition began in 1921 in a River North flower shop on the corner of North State Street and W. Chicago Ave.
Revitalization of the community began in 1974. Today, the Royal Thai Consulate-General of Chicago and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago are both located in the River North community.
River North Neighborhood Contact Information
Ward 42 Alderman Brendan Reilly
325 W. Huron St., Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60654
Ward 2 Alderman Brian Hopkins
1400 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
Ward 43 Alderman Michele Smith
2523 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Ward 27 Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.
4 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Ward 4 Alderman Sophia King
435 E. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Ward 25 Alderman Daniel S. Solis
1645 South Blue Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
River North Business Association
101 W. Grand Ave., Suite 200
Chicago, IL. 60654
River North Residents Association
P.O. Box 10924
Chicago, IL 60610
Streeterville Chamber of Commerce
200 East Illinois Street, Suite 3212
Chicago, IL 60611
BNI Chicago Loop
2552 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Why Hire Our Legal Firm?
The compassionate River North wrongful death attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand the heartbreak and lifelong suffering that surviving family members feel when their loved one died in a construction site accident. The sense of helplessness of losing a loved one who was providing money for maintaining the household's livelihood can be devastating during the grieving process. Our attorneys believe that the family should hold their loved one’s employer, contractor, developer, subcontractor or vendor legally responsible for their negligent actions that led to the wrongful death.
We urge you to contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to discuss the merits of your personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit. Our law firm provides an initial confidential, no-obligation consultation at no cost to you. Let us provide you numerous legal options after we candidly evaluate your case for compensation.
We accept cases like yours through contingency fee arrangements. This agreement allows us to handle every aspect of your case without the need for an upfront payment from you. We are paid for services only after we have successfully resolved your case through a jury trial or a negotiated out the court settlement. We are here to help you and the rest of the decedent's surviving family members to ensure you receive adequate financial compensation to start living your life normally again.