Construction sites are often filled with heavy machines and dangerous equipment. As a result, construction accidents often result in serious injuries and fatalities. Despite the fact that contractors and subcontractors working at construction sites are subject to strict safety requirements, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, construction sites continue to be one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country.
If you have lost a loved one due to a construction accident, the Chicago construction fatality attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. can help you recover the compensation that you need and deserve. We have obtained a number of multi-million verdicts and settlements in construction accident and wrongful death cases, including a nearly $7 million settlement for a 61-year-old man who lost his lower leg in a construction zone accident.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal claim brought by the family of a deceased victim of negligence – whether the victim of a fatal construction accident, a fatal auto accident, a personal injury accident, or medical malpractice. Wrongful death lawsuits involve complex legal issues of liability and damages. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident, it is highly recommended that you consult with a knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death attorney like the Chicago fatal construction accident attorneys at Cogan & Power.
Often times, the general contractor at a construction site is named as a defendant in a construction wrongful death lawsuit since 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, and a subcontractor or employee is killed as a result, the general contractor may be required to pay the victim’s family money damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Similarly, if a construction worker is killed because of defective machinery or construction equipment, the manufacturer of the defective equipment could be liable to the victim’s family in a wrongful death product liability lawsuit.
At Cogan & Power, our compassionate Chicago wrongful death attorneys understand that no amount of money can ease the pain that you are feeling following the death of a loved one. But receiving compensation after a fatal construction accident can go a long way in helping pay bills and ease the financial burden that can follow the death of a loved one. We strive to obtain the maximum recovery possible for our clients, which might include the following compensation in a wrongful death action:
(if decedent has minor children)
of surviving spouse and next of kin
of the decedent prior to death
(if defendant’s actions were intentional)
The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Cogan & Power have the skill, knowledge, and experience to comprehensively assess any potential wrongful death cause of action, including claims against the general contractor, a subcontractor, or an equipment manufacturer.
At Cogan & Power, our Chicago wrongful death attorneys engage in a comprehensive factual investigation of the construction accident and a thorough legal analysis of all possible legal claims. Moreover, our vast experience litigating wrongful death actions allows us to analyze the potential damages to which you may be entitled.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights because wrongful death laws include strict time limitations (called statutes of limitations) governing when a lawsuit can be filed. The Chicago fatal construction accident attorneys at Cogan & Power work quickly to begin the legal analysis, factual investigation, and document preparation necessary to bring a successful wrongful death action.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to discuss a possible wrongful death claim and learn more about the types of damages to which you may be entitled. Because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.