Even when legal safety requirements are satisfied, construction sites are one of the most dangerous work environments and the injuries that are sustained are also some of the most severe work related injuries reported. Companies that employ construction workers are responsible for their safety and must be prepared to provide worker’s compensation in the event that a worker suffers work related harm. Accidents that are caused by an act of negligence or failure to provide a safe environment can cause further liability. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm serving the injured throughout Illinois and it is our goal to see that the needs of anyone injured on the job are met with promptness and fairness.
Causes of Construction Accidents Resulting In Serious Worker Injury
While numerous hazards exist at every construction site, there are four specific types of accidents that are considered the most severe and cause the greatest risk of death. These four classifications of construction injuries are often referred to as the “Fatal Four” and are as follows.
- Falls— which account for nearly 35% of all reported construction work fatalities. Construction workers must often work on platforms or elevated surfaces, where a single misstep can cause catastrophe. If adequate harnesses are not provided or used whenever possible, the company can be held liable for any injuries and deaths that occur as a result.
- Pinch point accidents. A pinch point is any location where a limb or entire body can be caught between machinery or moving parts. Many construction related deaths occur when a worker is caught between a machine and another object.
- Electrocution. Electricity is a common cause of injury and death on construction sites and most accidents occur when a worker is not aware of the danger, such as not knowing that a wire or circuit is hot.
- Falling objects. Being struck by objects from above is the second most deadly form of construction accident and survivors often suffer from traumatic brain injuries or neck and spinal conditions.
Who is Liable in the Event of Injury on a Chicago Construction Site?
All companies are required to provide worker’s compensation in the event of a workplace injury, but there are often disputes about how much compensation is owed. If negligence was the primary cause of the accident, the victim is entitled to compensation that covers all of his or her medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. It is important to speak with a qualified construction accident attorney following any accident because your company will do everything in its power to insulate itself from and limit its financial responsibility. Any settlement offer should be reviewed for fairness and to determine whether it is in your best interest to accept the offer or pursue litigation.
If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, contact the Chicago Injury Center today to schedule a free meeting with a qualified lawyer who can review the details of your case, explain your rights and legal options in greater detail and address any concerns that you may have about the process.