Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a construction accident in Chicago or throughout Illinois, contact Eames Law Group. Construction accidents can result in serious injuries and large medical bills, as well as impact your ability to work after you have recovered. You need an experienced construction accident attorney to fight for everything you’re entitled to.
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Wondering if your construction accident injury qualifies for payment?
Are you frustrated with not receiving workers’ compensation payments?
Will your injury impact your ability to have the same or similar job after you recover?
Has your construction accident injury gone on so long it’s resulted in financial or emotional distress?
Do you struggle with a lack of communication on what is going on with your case?
Have you been denied surgery or any other necessary medical treatment to recover?
Believe you’re entitled to more than what you’re currently being offered?
Our construction accident lawyers win injury claims throughout Illinois.
If you were injured in a construction accident in Illinois, your recovery may not be restricted to the amounts allowed by workers’ compensation laws. Schedule a free consultation with Eames Law Group, experienced construction accident lawyers, to determine whether you can file a claim against a third party. Calling qualified construction accident lawyers could mean the difference of thousands of dollars and dozens of headaches.
We can help with all types of construction accidents:
Accidents on construction sites can happen for all types of reasons. Our construction accident lawyers can help you navigate if your injury is covered and how to physically and financially recover from the accident. You focus on feeling better and we’ll focus on getting you paid.
FALLS FROM LADDERS AND SCAFFOLDING
INJURIES FROM HEAVY EQUIPMENT OR POWER TOOLS
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EXPLOSIONS
FALLING OBJECTS AND MATERIAL IMPACTS
LIVE CABLE OR WIRE ELECTROCUTIONS
CONSTRUCTION SITE VEHICLE CRASHES
Construction Accidents - Third Party Injury Claims
Construction accidents often involve heavy machinery, falls from heights, electricity, and dangerous debris that cause catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation system is not designed to provide adequate compensation after a severe accident. While workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy against employers in Illinois, injury claims and lawsuits against responsible third parties are not prohibited.
If people or entities other than your employer contributed to the cause of your construction site injuries, you may be able to file a separate claim against them simultaneously. Other parties who may be liable include:
- General Contractors
- Independent Subcontractors
- Product Manufacturers
- Property Owners
- Leasing Companies
Without hiring experienced construction accident lawyers, insurance companies will get away with paying you as little as possible for your injury.
Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim
In Illinois, the workers’ compensation benefits system is not based on fault. If you are injured while performing work-related duties, you are entitled to compensation through your company’s employer. That said, workers whose injuries were caused by the negligence of entities other than their employers may also file a claim against the responsible party. These claims can be filed simultaneously. You do not have to choose between one or the other.
In Illinois, you only have two years from the time you were injured to file a personal injury lawsuit. Workers’ compensation cases must be filed within three years of the accident or within two years of the date the worker received his or her last workers’ comp benefits.
Needless to say, hiring an Illinois construction accident lawyer will make sure that you file within the necessary timeframes while helping you recover physically and financially. Talk to Brent Eames about your case today!
Recovering Under Various Theories of Liability
Various theories of liability may apply to your case. For instance, if a contractor lent you a faulty ladder to use while you were working, you may be able to recover damages through workers’ comp, through a personal injury lawsuit against the contractor, and a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Our firm is experienced with construction accident injuries and handling multiple claims that arise out of the same accident.
In most car accident cases, damages are paid by an insurance company. Payouts can come from a combination of:
- The at-fault driver’s liability policy
- Third-party insurance coverage (trucking companies, manufacturing companies, employer coverage, etc.)
- Your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
After talking to our construction accident lawyers you’ll have a better understanding of the routes you could potentially take in getting a larger financial payout.
Entitlement to Compensation & Construction Accident Lawyers
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, personal injury claims (construction accident injuries) are not limited to economic losses like medical expenses and lost wages. Rather, you may be able to recover money for pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of a normal life. If the actions of the third party were egregious, you may also be able to recover punitive damages.
Determining the value of personal suffering can be even more complicated. Assigning a dollar amount to permanent physical impairments, emotional distress, or the loss of a loved one is never an exact science. To obtain a fair settlement, you’ll need a construction accident lawyer on your side who will demonstrate the impact your accident has had on your life.
If the behaviors that caused your injuries were particularly egregious, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages that are designed to compensate victims for their losses, punitive damages are imposed to punish the wrongdoer. You can see how this quickly gets complicated, and hiring a construction accident attorney like Eames Law Group can help you get the biggest recovery available.
How Construction Accident Lawyers Prove Negligence
Although workers’ compensation is not based on fault, personal injury cases are. This means that we can collect more for you by filing with the workers’ compensation insurance and a third-party insurance. To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, you must show that the other party was negligent and that the negligence caused your injuries more likely than not.
At Eames Law Group, we’ll make every attempt to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. If the need to file a lawsuit arises, however, we’ll push your case to a jury’s verdict to ensure your compensation is congruent with your losses.
Determining Liability After a Construction Accident
Because there are typically so many parties involved in a construction project, determining liability can be complicated. In most cases, however, construction accidents can be traced back to safety violations, faulty products, lack of training, or a combination of all three.
In a fall accident, for instance, inadequate, missing, improperly fitted, or faulty fall protection may play a role. In a scaffolding collapse, inadequate training, disregarding weight limits, faulty materials, or even improper use could be to blame. Sometimes, reckless operation of machines or heavy equipment, combined with faulty parts and other safety hazards on the construction site, may all contribute to a construction accident. Reach out to a construction accident attorney at Eames Law Group to discuss the potentially liable parties in your case.