Construction work is dangerous, and on-the-job injuries can lead to severe disabilities and death. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the construction industry has the highest fatal injury rate compared to all work industries. Injuries in construction accidents can lead to:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an Illinois construction accident, you might be entitled to compensation through workers’ compensation, a lawsuit, or both. Illinois has a no-fault workers’ compensation system, which allows injured employees to file a workers’ compensation claim whether or not their employer did something to contribute to the accident. While workers’ comp provides benefits for medical coverage and wage losses, it does not provide benefits for pain and suffering the way that a personal injury lawsuit does.
In most cases, Illinois workers are prohibited from filing a personal injury lawsuit against their employer. However, there are some cases where you can go beyond workers’ comp and file a 3rd party liability claim. These types of lawsuits may provide more compensation than you might receive through workers’ compensation insurance alone. To win a case, you would have to show that a third party, such as another contractor or developer, was negligent, and this negligence contributed to your accident.
Illinois laws regarding construction accidents are complicated, but Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. can explain these legal matters and help you fight for the compensation you need. Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. offers a free and confidential consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and determine the best way to proceed. Call today for an appointment.
Construction Accidents Can Occur in Many Ways
Certain types of accidents frequently occur in the construction industry. These categories include:
- Slips & falls
- Falls from high places, such as from ladders, scaffolds, windows or roofs
- Vehicle accidents
- Crushed by objects or machinery
- Electric shocks & burns
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Falling debris
Having Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. on your side to fight for benefits can help make sure all aspects of your claim are handled correctly and have no mistakes. He may investigate the circumstances of the construction accident and determine whether you have a case under Illinois workers’ compensation, a personal injury lawsuit, or both. He can then proceed accordingly.
Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. Can Help By:
- Investigating your accident to acquire and preserve evidence, such as videos from surveillance cameras
- Interviewing witnesses and gathering testimony from coworkers to back up your claim
- Making sure all paperwork gets filed properly and within the statutory deadline
- Negotiating with insurance companies and their lawyers on your behalf
- Handling any workers’ compensation claim denials & appeals
- Filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if applicable
- Taking your case to court if necessary
Osvaldo Rodriguez, P.C. offers a free and confidential consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and determine the best way to proceed. In addition, all our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to pay upfront legal fees. Call us today for your free consultation.