If you have suffered a construction injury and are confused about how to obtain compensation for your losses, reach out to a Chicago construction accident attorney for clarity.
If you work in the construction industry, you are probably already aware of the hazards you are exposed to every day. You may also know that your employer is required to offer the protection of workers compensation coverage in the event of a serious injury.
Often, however, these benefits aren’t enough to cover the total extent of your injuries. Luckily, under certain circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover your losses. Contact a Chicago construction accident lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC today to discuss your options.
Common Types of Chicago Construction Accidents
The construction industry has one of the highest injury rates of all industries. This is because of the daily exposure to equipment and supplies that, when handled incorrectly, can be deadly. Construction workers in Chicago are at risk of being injured in the following types of accidents:
- Explosions and fires
- Being crushed by large machinery
- Blunt trauma from falling objects
- Falls from elevated platforms
- Becoming trapped under a collapsed building
- Repeated exposure to extreme weather conditions
- Respiratory conditions due to exposure to toxic substances
Any mishandling of equipment or supplies, roughhousing at the job site, or the hiring of untrained workers can all increase your risk of being injured in one of these scenarios.
Types of Construction Injuries
The injuries you can sustain in an accident like the ones listed above can be minor or catastrophic. Some of the most common Chicago construction accident injuries are broken bones, slipped discs, heat stroke, third-degree burns, PTSD, paralysis, lacerations, amputations, respiratory disease, hearing loss, vision loss, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, these injuries are sometimes fatal.
Such devastating injuries are sure to keep you out of work for a significant amount of time. If this is the case, how will you continue to support yourself and your family? Workers compensation benefits can help, but if the circumstances are right, we may be able to obtain the comprehensive compensation you need to recover without worry by filing a personal injury claim.
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim?
You might have the option of filing a personal injury claim for your Chicago construction accident if we can prove your accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer—or that your employer acted with malice or egregious negligence to cause your injuries.
Many construction accidents involve faulty tools and machinery. In cases like this, you might be able to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer of the defective product. Alternatively, if someone who wrongly entered a construction site caused your injury, you could pursue personal injury compensation from that individual.
As you can imagine, while any benefits are helpful, workers comp benefits rarely cover the total extent of your injuries. Under work comp, you can receive a portion of your weekly salary and coverage of your medical bills. Of course, that’s very helpful, but shouldn’t you be compensated for your pain and suffering? What about emotional trauma? And why shouldn’t you receive your full salary?
A successful personal injury claim can garner you all of those benefits and more, depending on the circumstances of your case. And a construction accident lawyer in Chicago would be glad to help.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Once we’ve established who’s to blame for your Chicago construction accident, we can begin calculating the complete impact your injuries have had on your life and the ways they may affect your life in the future. We’ll start with your full medical costs and lost income, including income you won’t be able to earn in the future because of permanent injuries.
Then we will examine the other damages your injuries have caused, such as loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. In the event that the defendant in your case behaved with gross negligence or a complete disregard for your life, we may seek substantial punitive damages to make sure that party doesn’t make the same negligent decision again.
Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Attorney
You have enough to deal with on your road to recovery without the additional pressure of financial strain. Work with an experienced Chicago construction accident lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC who will fight to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve. You can schedule a free, no-obligation claim evaluation today by calling 312-332-1400 or filling out the contact form provided below.