Skilled Legal Advocacy For Injured Construction Workers In Illinois
No construction worker is surprised to learn they work in one of the most dangerous occupations. Construction sites are frequently the location of serious on-the-job injuries. Causes of injuries range from unsafe scaffolds and crane accidents to ladder/roof falls and equipment-related failures.
After a construction accident, it is critical to get an experienced attorney on the case immediately. There are complications in any workers’ compensation claim, and it is important to build a winning case from the start. At Anesi Ozmon, LTD, we fight for clients throughout Illinois who have been hurt in construction accidents. Our team has more than 200 years of combined legal experience and a strong client-centered approach to every case they handle. Because of this, we have a long list of successful construction accident claims and satisfied clients.
Workers’ Compensation Basics
The Illinois workers’ compensation system provides benefits to employees who sustain work-related injuries or diseases. The allowable benefits are established within the framework set by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act. Generally, workers who are injured on the job are entitled to payment of medical bills, compensation for time lost from work and compensation for the permanent effects of an injury or exposure to toxic chemicals or other harmful substances or conditions.
Getting The Help You Need
It is important that an experienced attorney looks at every aspect of your case to ensure that all of your rights are protected. Employers, insurance companies and defense attorneys are skilled at handling claims and often have their representatives already investigating an accident while an injured victim is being transported to the hospital. You will be at a severe disadvantage without your own dedicated counsel.
Keep in mind that if your employer provides workers’ compensation coverage, workers’ comp benefits could be the only source of compensation available to you (with some exceptions noted below). Therefore, it is critical to ensure that your claim is approved. For most workers, medical bills and lost wages are not costs that they can afford to absorb.
Personal Injury Claims For Construction Accident Victims
In Illinois, workers’ compensation is supposed to be the “exclusive remedy” for work-related accidents and injuries. If your employer provides coverage, you are generally prohibited from suing them for on-the-job injuries. Thankfully, if someone other than your employer or a coworker for that employer was responsible for your injuries, you can file what’s known as a third-party claim.
A third-party claim (personal injury or wrongful death) is one in which another person or entity besides the employer is found to have contributed to the accident through negligence: a general contractor, an equipment manufacturer, a subcontractor, a property owner or even a delivery truck driver.
After a construction accident, it is important to consult with lawyers – like those at our firm – who are experienced in both workers’ compensation cases and third-party cases. Quick action by our attorneys is often necessary when investigating a construction accident. Our attorneys file emergency motions with the court within hours of being retained in order to obtain a protective order to shut down a construction site so that a construction accident can be properly investigated promptly. This quick action by our team of lawyers often makes a significant impact on the successful handling of our clients’ cases.
What Are The Most Common Construction Accident Scenarios?
There is no shortage of ways to be injured on a construction site. Some of the most common injuries and accidents include:
- Scaffolding and ladder injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries from being struck by falling or swinging objects
- Injuries and deaths related to trench collapses
- Electric shock injuries
- Limb-crushing injuries from malfunctioning equipment
- Injuries caused by dangerous and defective power tools
- Repetitive stress/strain injuries
- Trip-and-fall or falls from height
If you were injured on a construction site, your health and your financial future could be at stake. That’s why it is critical to contact a skilled attorney who can protect your rights and advocate aggressively on your behalf.
Contact Our Firm Today For Knowledgeable Advice And Guidance
Based in Chicago, Anesi Ozmon, LTD, serves clients across Illinois. Talk with a lawyer from our firm after a construction accident. We can help you obtain full and fair compensation. To get started with a free initial consultation, call 312-997-5784 or submit an online contact form.