To the 11 million construction workers across the United States, it’s no secret that they work on dangerous sites. These workplaces are so dangerous the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that private construction workers accounted for nearly one in five worker deaths in 2021. This staggering statistic solidifies construction jobs as the most dangerous in the nation. Working with potent tools, heavy machinery, under stress, and at great heights means even minor errors can have catastrophic outcomes. The construction accident lawyers in Illinois at Spiros Law, P.C. want injured victims to know that we are standing by and ready to help them recover financial compensation.
In some cases, the pressure to finish a project on time and within budget can cause workers or managers to cut corners or operate outside proper safety procedures and precautions. This impulse can be even more tempting when a project is behind schedule. Construction sites are inherently dangerous, but they can turn deadly when workers sacrifice safety for results and speed.
For injured workers or surviving family members, the only chance at avoiding financial ruin following a construction accident is by recovering compensation. The Illinois construction accident lawyers are here to help you or someone you know who has been injured in a construction accident. They will handle negotiations with the insurance company, file your claim, and strive to maximize your potential financial recovery. Our representation extends to construction workers and site visitors injured by individual or corporate negligence.
At Spiros Law, P.C., our Illinois construction accident attorneys understand that when you’re injured on the job, you need compensation for medical bills and lost wages for the time you’re away recovering from your injuries. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options moving forward by calling us at (815) 929-9292.
Why Choose Spiros Law, P.C.?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you is a big decision, and in some instances, can make all the difference in the outcome of your case and whether you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve. At Spiros Law, P.C., we’ve recovered millions of dollars in damages on behalf of injured workers and surviving family members of workers who have been killed on the job. Many construction workers mistakenly believe that workers’ compensation will cover all damages after an accident. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.You need an attorney experienced in these types of cases and who won’t accept the first offer because it’s the easy way out. You want an attorney who won’t stop fighting till you get every dollar you deserve.
The Illinois construction accident lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are those attorneys, and we are ready to listen to your story and get started on your case right away. Our team, from partners to paralegals, will scrutinize your case’s details to develop a strategic plan of action.
Above all, our determination and confidence shine when negotiations don’t yield a satisfactory deal. We possess the essential litigation experience to take your case to court and emerge victorious.
Common Construction Site Accidents
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), construction laborers working for smaller employers are significantly more likely to die from occupational falls. In a recent three-year period, construction workers at companies with fewer than 20 employees accounted for 75 percent of fatal falls. Moreover, construction accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries than accidents in other fields. These injuries are often to the back, spine, and mid-section, putting workers at risk of paralysis and even death.
The Construction “Fatal Four”
The number of construction workers in the U.S. increased by roughly 25 percent between 2011 and 2019. There was a significant increase in the number of Hispanic workers, which jumped 55 percent during that same period. Construction workers are considerably more likely to be men, Hispanic, and foreign-born than workers in other industries.
In 2019, falls were the leading cause of private-sector work deaths for construction workers. Falls are one of the “fatal four” that collectively caused nearly two-thirds (64.4 percent) of construction worker deaths in 2019. They are as follows:
- Falls – Out of 1,102 total construction deaths in 2019, 401 (36.4 percent) were from falls.
- Struck-by incidents – These incidents accounted for 170 (15.4) percent of construction deaths.
- Electrocutions – Electrocution claimed the lives of seventy-nine (7.2 percent) construction workers.
- Caught-in/between incidents – Fifty-nine (5.4 percent) construction worker deaths were from accidents where workers were crushed by equipment, objects, or collapsing structures.
OSHA estimates that eliminating these four types of accidents would save more than 600 lives every year. These types of accidents are incredibly dangerous and often result in the loss of a loved one. If you have lost someone in a construction accident, contact an Illinois construction accident attorney today about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
You might trust that your employer values your well-being. However, construction workers often lack proper protection or advice after serious injury accidents. To prevent you from taking legal action, many people will say to handle your case strictly through a workers’ compensation claim. If a negligent third party causes you injury in an accident or unsafe work conditions lead to your injury, you have the legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages.
Depending on your case, you can take legal action against the following parties:
- General contractors
- Equipment and vehicle manufacturers
- Utility companies
- Property owners
The Illinois construction accident lawyers will examine every detail of your case and consult with experts to get a complete picture of your accident, who was at fault, and how best to handle your injury claim.
Contact Spiros Law, P.C. Today
Workers’ compensation often falls short of covering all the damages incurred from your accident. In many cases, it isn’t enough to fully address your losses. You may receive benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy. Additionally, if a contractor, equipment manufacturer, property owner, or other entity caused your injuries, you could be eligible to file a third-party injury claim.
To give yourself the best chance at receiving compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other damages not covered by workers’ compensation, you need an experienced and skilled legal representative by your side through this trying time.
Our team is here for you and ready to fight every step of the way on your behalf. This is a time for healing and a time for being with your loved ones, not worrying about how you’re going to stay financially afloat or keep the lights on. The Illinois construction attorneys will do everything possible to hold the negligent party responsible. Contact Spiros Law, P.C. today by calling (815) 929-9292 or fill out an online form and schedule a free consultation.