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Construction Injuries in Workers Compensation Cases

Posted by attorney Mitchell Sexner

Construction site accidents

Some of the most dangerous working conditions faced by any employee in any type of job are those faced by workers in the construction industry. Because construction is such dangerous work with so many potential hazards present on any given construction site, it is almost impossible to avoid the occurrence of all accidents. The federal government and the State of Illinois have enacted many statutes, regulations and ordinances intended to protect workers from injury. Most of the time, these laws, along with industry standards and safety precautions do their job to help keep construction workers safe from serious harm. Other times however accidents do occur, sometimes as a result of negligent or reckless actions of employers. But in any event, if a worker is injured while on a construction site, experienced workers compensation and product liability attorneys can help recover monetary compensation for these personal injuries.

Workers compensation lawyers focus on cases where workers have been seriously injured or killed, due to construction site accidents including:

  • Scaffolding failure or collapse
  • Trench / trenching collapse
  • Building collapse
  • Serious falls
  • Electrocution Accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Safety violations
  • Defective materials
  • Defective machinery or equipment
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Moving or falling machinery / debris
  • Explosions
  • Nail Gun Injuries
  • Toxic Exposure to asbestos or chemicals
  • Boiler Accidents
  • Highway Vehicle Accidents
  • Compressed Gas Accidents
  • Welding Accidents
  • Backhoe, Crane, Conveyor, Boiler, Ladder, Scaffolding, Winch, Grater, Scraper, and Derrick Accidents
  • Power Line Injuries
  • Builder Neglect
  • Inadequate Barricades

Experienced workers compensation attorneys deal with construction site accidents, including liability situations when various contractors are simultaneously on a job-site. In circumstances when many different contractors are involved, they may point the finger at each other, adding to the complexity of the claim. Such lawyers understand construction laws and the interplay between workers compensation issues and third party liability issues involved against the project owner, general contractor, equipment manufacturers, equipment leasing, and others. Although workers compensation benefits can pay for some of your medical expenses and lost wages, attorneys may be able to recover additional monetary compensation from third parties responsible for the construction site accident. Certain statutes of limitation apply to workers compensation cases, so please do not delay.

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