Workers at Waukegan, Illinois construction sites are often at risk of serious injury or death if an incident or accident occurs. Many injuries are the result of serious negligence by a co-worker, property owner, project developer, subcontractor, supplier, or building material manufacturer. Every injured worker or family members of a deceased construction site employee has the legal right to seek financial compensation. However, determining liability of who is at fault can be a challenge. If you have suffered injuries in a Waukegan construction site accident, you need the skills of a reputable attorney who specializes in premises liability, personal injury, and wrongful death cases to work on your behalf.
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 Waukegan, contact our attorneys for a free case review.
Current and Proposed Large Construction Projects and Waukegan, Illinois
Lake County, Illinois – Approval by the Lake County Board initiated the final step in the $110 million Courthouse Expansion Project that will increase the efficiency of the county’s justice system. The project will occur in downtown Waukegan. The plans include a 200,000 square-foot tower that will house a dozen courtrooms connected to an overhead walkway. However, the entire project will not be completed during the initial construction phase where the two top floors will remain unfurnished. Washington Street has remained closed since 2015 while construction crews build the underground tunnel. The completion of the project is supposed to occur by summer 2018.
Buffalo Creek/Long Grove Reservoir Expansion – Numerous government agencies including the village of Buffalo Grove, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the Lake Co Forest District have collaborated to make significant improvements to the reservoir. The installation of an additional 1.2 miles of trails along shaper Road and an expansion of the existing lot will add parking for an additional 30 cars.
Wetland Mitigation Bank Project – Lake County DOT will be constructing new sections of trails to improve the Wetland Mitigation Bank. When the project is completed, day visitors will have access to new trails along the soccer fields in the Village of Long Grove.
Education Projects – Boller Construction Co., Inc. has won eight school projects that include the installation of new playgrounds, additional site work, and major renovations of Glenwood Elementary, Little Fort Elementary, Oakdale Glen Flora Elementary, Hyde Park Elementary, Clearview Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, North Elementary, and H. R. McCall Elementary schools.
Lakeshore Campus Renovations – Functional and aesthetic changes to the Expansion Project at College of Lake County – Lakeshore Campus will begin soon. The renovation projects will add much-needed classrooms and additional services including child care and more room for the educational facility’s administration. The nearly $48 million project is expected to start in May 2018 and run through May 2021. Over 19,000 square feet will be renovated, and an additional 53,000 square feet of new construction will be added.
Schermer Road Bridge – New construction in the Village of Northbrook over the Schermer Road Bridge began in January 2018. New construction will remove and replace the existing precast beams and bridge deck that spans the Chicago River. The project is expected to limit public access along Schermer Road, between Church Street and Meadow Road. Bowman Construction has been awarded the job of the Resident Engineer. Dunnet Bay construction will perform construction of the project.
Western Avenue Road Improvements – A complete reconstruction of Western Avenue from Oak Street to Techny Road was started in March 2018. The project is expected to last six months. Until the completion of the project, the road will be restricted to local traffic remain closed to through traffic. Flaggers will be stopping cars and trucks to construction, and major traffic delays are expected.
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Recent Construction Accidents in Lake County
In 2015, more than 600 construction workers across the United States lost their lives in on the job-related accidents and incidents, and hundreds of thousands more suffered serious injuries. Many deaths and severe injuries are the results of crushing incidents, vehicle accidents, falling from great height, and failure to follow safety protocols. A few recent accidents and incidents involving worker deaths and injuries in the Waukegan area include:
- Chicago, Illinois – A 45-year-old Chicago worker was crushed to death in a Gold Coast crane accident while up 60 feet off the ground. The investigation determined that a portion of the crane equipment crashed down on the man’s chest during the January 2015 incident on the job site at Elm and State Street. A part of the crane pinned the man until co-workers were able to remove him from under the equipment. First responders attempted to stabilize the worker before transporting the injured victim to Northwestern Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
- Jane Addams Tollway Bridge – Federal regulators fined an Elgin demolition company more than $150,000 for violating safety protocols that led to the death of a worker in Des Plaines along the Jane Addams Tollway Bridge. The construction worker was cutting bracing while standing in the lift located between two beams before the removal from the bridge 45-ton beam rolled off the concrete support and crushed him. The US Department of Labor, under OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), cited the victim’s employer Omega demolition corporation citing a failure to support the overstressed been which caused it to buckle. Three other men suffered serious injuries on the Interstate 90 Illinois Tollway Reconstruction Project.
- Northwestern University – Evanston: A 57-year-old construction worker died after being crushed by a falling beam on the Northwestern University in Evanston campus. The employee was working on the music and communications building.
- Chicago, Illinois – A construction worker died after being struck in a collision at 40 ninth and Western Ave. on Chicago’s southside in the early morning hours on May 15, 2018. The worker died instantly when an approaching minivan rear-ended paving equipment. Speed was a factor in the man’s death. The driver of the minivan and two passengers were transported to the hospital. There are no reports of their condition. Currently, no citations have been issued regarding the liability of the crash.
Free, Initial Client Consultations With Experienced Waukegan Construction Accident Lawyers
Did your loved one die or have you suffered serious injuries from an on-the-job construction site accident or incident in Waukegan, IL? If so, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation to recover your damages and losses. Injured victims can file worker’s compensation forms to obtain benefits that cover time away from work and medical expenses. Surviving family members who lost a loved one in the construction site accident can file a wrongful death lawsuit against every entity involved in causing their death.
However, these claims for compensation can be extremely complex and confusing, and take many months or years to resolve successfully. Hiring an attorney who specializes in wrongful death lawsuits, construction site accidents, and premises liability claims can ensure your family receives the adequate financial compensation they deserve.
Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers (888-424-5757) today to schedule a free, initial consultation to determine your legal options. Our reputable law firm has obtained millions in compensation for our clients, and we can do the same for your family. We offer a “No Win/No Fee" Guarantee, meaning if we are unable to secure financial compensation through a negotiated out-of-court settlement or a jury trial award, you owe us nothing. Call now and let us begin working on your case today.
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