Accidents at construction sites with heavy machines and equipment can involve serious injuries and even death. Accordingly, contractors and subcontractors working at construction sites are subject to strict requirements, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago construction accident attorneys can guide you through the maze of complex liability issues, and help you recover the compensation that you need and deserve. We have obtained a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of construction accident victims, including a nearly $7 million settlement for a 61-year-old man who lost his lower leg in a construction zone accident.
We take a collaborative, compassionate approach to legal representation. Not only do we advise our clients of their legal rights and assist them with their legal claims, but we also help them manage any employment-related consequences of the accident and invest ourselves in their comprehensive recovery and overall well-being. We understand this it is often difficult for injured clients to travel, so we frequently meet with clients in their homes, and each client has a one-on-one relationship and direct communication with the partner handling the case.
Some common causes of construction accidents include:
If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Although workers’ compensation benefits are paid by the employer’s insurance carrier, it is the employee’s obligation to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In exchange for workers’ compensation benefits, employers are generally exempt from personal injury lawsuits filed by injured employees. You may, however, have a third-party cause of action, depending on the circumstances of the construction accident.
Construction sites often have a number of different teams of subcontractors involved on the project, but it is the obligation of the general contractor to oversee, coordinate and organize the subcontractors and their specific projects. General contractors are also obligated to recognize work hazards, repair hazards, and warn others about unsafe conditions. If the general contractor fails to do so, subcontractors and their employees who are injured in a construction accident may be able to purse a legal claim against the general contractor.
If you are injured in a construction accident as a result of defective equipment or machinery, you may have a product liability cause of action against the manufacturer of the defective product or machinery.
At Cogan & Power, P.C., our Chicago construction accident attorneys help clients manage the variety of legal claims that may stem from a construction accident, including personal injury and product liability, in an effort to get the maximum recovery possible for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago construction accident lawyers. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.