Chicago Bridge Accident Lawyers
Ironworkers, painters, carpenters and general laborers who are engaged in building and repairing bridges sometimes face extraordinary occupational hazards. They often work in high places in awkward positions and manage heavy equipment under challenging conditions. Injuries to bridge construction workers occur in a variety of circumstances such as the following:
- “On May 26, 1994, a 53-year-old male ironworker was killed after falling through an opening in a bridge under construction. The incident occurred at the construction site where steel deck pans were being secured to concrete beams to form the bridge deck. The victim had been placing and securing the pans when he apparently tripped or lost his balance and fell through the opening covered with an unsecured pan. He fell 55 feet to the foot of a concrete pier.” (See source.)
- “On February 24, 2005, a 43-year-old male ironworker foreman, who was employed by a construction company, sustained fatal injuries when elements of a bridge support structure he was dismantling broke apart and he was crushed between them at a bridge construction site.” (See source.)
- On April 19, 2012, a 27-year-old “ironworker fell about 25 feet Thursday at a Sarpy County [Nebraska] site where construction of the U.S. Highway 34 bridge [was] underway.”
- On May 16, 2012, an ironworker involved in a bridge project was badly “shocked and burned by powerful current from high-voltage lines that pass over a construction site where a bridge will be built over the Beaver River” (see source) in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania. The jolt from the high-voltage electric shock caused him to fall and suffer a traumatic head injury.
These are just a few examples of the numerous serious accidental injuries and fatalities that have affected bridge construction crew members in the United States in recent years. Whether a bridge accident results in a fall, burn, crush back or neck injury, the injured person or surviving family members inevitably face great expenses and losses. Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. represents injured bridge construction workers and family members in catastrophic bridge accident cases.
A detailed investigation after a bridge accident may determine liability on the part of one or more of the following:
- Equipment or materials manufacturers
- Engineers, inspectors or planners
- Contractors or subcontractors
Investigators may learn that OSHA safety regulations were violated. Workers may not have had proper fall protection gear. Structures to support workers may not have been properly erected. Electrical hazards may not have been taken into account. In the case of a bridge collapse, determination of liability may be a lengthy process. Serious or catastrophic injuries result in extraordinary expenses and losses. Aggressive, trustworthy legal counsel is essential for injured people and their families after a bridge accident.
It is important to work with highly experienced, accomplished attorneys to maximize recovery of compensation. Lawyers at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. have the resources and skills needed to advocate effectively on behalf of people injured in any type of bridge accident.
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Injured on the job in a bridge accident? Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd., with offices in Chicago, represents clients throughout the state of Illinois. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.