Certainly the most dire injury in the higher risk workplaces is death. Historically, iron workers, high rise builders, and window washers were killed when they fell from scaffolds, ledges, and unfinished buildings. Modern equipment, including safety harnesses, has significantly helped to reduce the number of fatalities, however, grievous injury and bodily damage still and always remains a threat to construction workers, and anyone else working in excavation, clearing, building/road construction, or similar hazardous environments.
Accidents on a construction site unfortunately occur when either the machinery, the equipment, or the work site is unsafe for any variety of reasons. With the setting aside of the Structural Work Act in Illinois, injured workers and their families now have a claim under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and under several tort principles of liability, including negligence and strict liability.
A worker injured on a construction site should obtain as much information as possible about the various contractors or sub-contractors that were on the job site at the time of the accident. In addition, several photographs of the accident scene as it appeared at the time of the accident prove invaluable when a lawsuit or claim is filed. Most importantly, the injured worker should contact an experienced Illinois attorney, one who has handled several construction-related accidents before. In that way, the attorney can immediately obtain a court order to have the job site investigated and to allow the attorney’s firm an opportunity to inspect the job site and any heavy machinery involved in the accident.
The Epstein Law Firm is the one you need for any accident resulting from either negligence on the part of co-workers, management and/or from the site’s faulty equipment. We have won almost every single case involving construction liability. Never hesitate to contact us to get more information.
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