On April 5, 2016 a Berwyn, Illinois man died when a forty five ton beam fell at a construction site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled that this accident was preventable. Out of the 4,251 work related injuries that occurred in 2014, 874 were the result of construction accidents. That means 1 out of 5 workers who died on the job died in an accident that was related to construction. The most common causes of these deadly accidents were falls, electrocution, and being struck by objects such as the beam that fell on the Berwyn man.State of Construction Accident Law in Illinois
Special laws are in place to protect the health and safety of construction workers. If you, or someone you love, have been injured at a construction site, it is important that you understand your rights to any benefits and compensation owed you under the law. In some instances, you may even be able to make claims against parties other than your employer.
Illinois used to cover construction law cases under something known as the Illinois Structural Work Act. However, this piece of legislation was repealed in the mid-1990s. Construction accidents are now governed under negligence law which required the injured worked to show that their employer or the owner of property had a duty and breached a duty to the injured person. The injured worker must also show that their injury was caused by the owner of the property or the employer’s negligence. In Illinois, injured workers are not generally entitled to file lawsuits against their employers for injuries, but rather recover under Illinois Workers Compensation Act.Injuries Received at a Construction Site
Injuries suffered at construction sites can be severe and life altering. Our firm understands that after going through such trauma your goals are to make sure your medical bills are paid and covered, that you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and that your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.Our Experience can Help
Levin & Perconti extensive experience in matters of construction workplace liability has enabled us to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients in such cases, including a $5.7 million settlement for a 27-year-old roofer who was paralyzed when he fell from a roof as a result of the general contractor's failure to provide appropriate safety devices, and an $840,000 verdict for a man who sustained a workplace back injury resulting in multiple surgeries.
If you live in Illinois and you or someone you love has been injured in a construction work site accident, contact us online or call us at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.