Injured Construction Workers Need to Take Action Following an Accident to Protect Their Legal Rights
Construction contractors and developers have a legal responsibility to implement safety rules and guidelines to provide a safe environment for their entire workforce and on-site visitors. Even so, construction accidents still occur, where victims suffer serious injuries and fatalities. In addition to an unsafe working environment, other accidents can happen because of defective equipment or by a workforce that is reckless, unskilled, untrained or fatigued.
Most work-related injuries are caused because of negligence by others or through faulty equipment, defective products or weather conditions. The most common types of injuries happen from:
- Crane or hoist accidents
- Scaffolding and ladder accidents
- Building collapse or equipment collapse
- Heavy machinery malfunctions
- Falling objects and debris
- Repetitive stress on the back, wrists, ankles and joints
- Falls from any height
- Electrocution, leaking gas and explosions
- Chemical and toxic exposure
- Welding accident
- Forklift or dumpster accidents
- Trench collapse
- Elevator accident
Worker’s Rights Are Protected Under State & Federal Law
State and federal governments have enacted laws to protect the rights of injured workers hurt in the workplace. The benefits provided can offer some financial stability to the family while holding every party responsible for the accident accountable for their neglect.
However, obtaining full benefits can be complicated, especially when injuries are severe. Workers’ compensation only provides limited benefits that cover medical costs and time away from work. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance. To ensure a comprehensive and speedy recovery it is essential to follow specific steps. The steps include:
- 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.
- File a Report – The law requires you to file a report with your employer if physically possible, by detailing as much of the accident as you remember
- Take Photographs – If possible, take pictures of the accident scene at the worksite capturing visual information that will assist you in telling your story of what happened during the incident
- Meet with an Attorney – Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in construction injury accidents to assist you in filling out all accident-related forms
- Journal What You Recall – Maintain a journal containing all of your records and note every symptom, doctor visit and discussion with others
- Request and Review All Reports – Request a copy of your accident report from your employer and fully review it to correct every inaccuracy
After filing report, your employer will likely assist you in filing for workers compensation. This will help you in providing financial recovery for your loss of income and any associated costs involved in restoring your health so you can return to work. In cases of obvious safety violations, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will likely start an investigation.
The results of many of these investigations tend to indicate that the employer or other workers were at fault or negligent for the accident. Even though your workers’ compensation claim limits your right to recovery of pain and suffering, an attorney might be able to file a third party lawsuit on your behalf against your employer if willful misconduct can be proven. I
n addition, a suit or claim can be filed against any other third party. This could include other contractors, developers, architects, engineers, construction site owner, product manufacturers or rental supply companies directly or indirectly involved in causing the accident.
Obtain Legal Representation From Our Illinois Construction Accident Law Firm Without Any Costs to You
Serious construction accident injuries are often the result of others not following rules or inattention in the workplace. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you have the right to pursue compensation on your own or through legal representation. Pursuing full compensation is necessary if your injuries are severe.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 can ensure your rights are protected. Our law firm concentrates in representing people who have become injured in Illinois construction accidents. Our comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law governing construction site practices ensures you can receive the compensation you deserve.
We handle all of our personal injury cases on contingency and offer a no obligation, free consultation to discuss your case in detail. Our law firm can provide various legal options on how to pursue full and complete compensation while holding your employer and other parties at fault for your injuries accountable for their neglect.