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“Freak Accidents”: Are You Still Entitled to Compensation?

When seeking compensation for an accident, it is usually because you have been injured or suffered some form of damage due to the negligence of another person or entity. Establishing fault can be fairly simple; however, there are rare cases when an accident occurs due to a freak accident. Also called an "act of God," freak accidents are unexpected, unusual or unlikely events that can often lead to injury or death.

Examples of Freak Accidents

Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. Heavy machinery, high winds, and slippery surfaces all contribute to the risk of injury. Even the most safety-conscious workers can occasionally be caught off guard by a freak accident.

Common examples of freak accidents in construction include being hit by falling debris or equipment, being crushed by a collapsing wall, or being shocked by exposed wiring. In some of these cases, the victim might not have been able to do anything to prevent the accident from happening. In other cases, negligence may play a role in whether the victim acted recklessly or an employer did not provide sufficient training or safety equipment.

No-Fault Workers' Compensation

Chicago's no-fault workers' compensation system is designed to provide benefits to employees injured on the job, regardless of who is at fault. The system is administered by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, which is responsible for ensuring that benefits are paid promptly and fairly. An employee must have been injured while performing their job duties to be eligible for benefits. If the injury causes the employee to miss work, they may be entitled to receive lost wages and medical expenses. In some cases, permanent disability or death benefits may also be available.

Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in a freak accident, the construction accident attorneys at Anesi Ozmon can help you recover damages. We have represented victims of freak accidents involving all types of construction equipment, including scaffolding, cranes, and power tools. We will investigate the accident to determine who is responsible and pursue all available legal remedies to get you the compensation you deserve.

Call us today at (312) 779-6610 or fill out our form online for a free initial consultation!

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