Construction Negligence in Illinois
Every year, construction workers are exposed to numerous hazards and unsafe working conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, in 2019, one in five worker deaths involved construction workers. Sadly, many of these fatalities could have—and should have—been avoided.
At Anesi Ozmon, we have spent the last 65+ years fighting for the rights of injured workers and families who have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one due to a fatal construction accident. If you believe you may have a construction negligence claim, contact us today for a free consultation.
Understanding Illinois’ Construction Negligence Laws
Since the repeal of the Illinois Structural Work Act (a construction safety statute) in 1995, the law governing construction injuries has reverted to negligence principles. This means that, in addition to workers’ compensation, injured construction workers may have grounds for third-party negligence claims against parties other than their employers. In other words, if someone else—such as a subcontractor or a product manufacturer—negligently caused your construction injury, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit for damages.
Our team stays on the cutting edge of this ever-changing area of the law. It is essential to contact an experienced attorney if you have suffered an injury at a construction site. At Anesi Ozmon, we can help properly investigate and then aggressively litigate your case. Our knowledgeable Chicago construction negligence attorneys have successfully handled thousands of cases, many of which have resulted in record-setting verdicts and settlements.
Third-Party Construction Negligence Claims
Typically, injuries suffered in the construction environment give rise to an immediate remedy under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, an injured construction worker can seek medical benefits and wage-loss benefits, including compensation for partial disability and total disability.
In addition, an injured construction worker may have a “third-party” claim against one or more entities other than their employer.
Third parties who may be liable for an on-the-job construction injury include:
- The owner of the site
- The general contractor
- The architect
Examples of Construction Negligence
“Construction negligence” is a term generally used to refer to negligent and wrongful conduct that leads to construction accidents and/or injuries.
Some examples of construction negligence include:
- OSHA violations
- Failure to implement or follow safety standards
- Poor communication
- Failure to warn of hazards
- Improper training
- Insufficient supervision
- Lack of proper fall protection
- Defective machinery, tools, and equipment
- Missing machinery guards
- Unsafe or defective scaffolding or ladders
- Failure to properly control hazardous substances
- Coworker negligence
- Missing safety equipment, including head, eye, and face protection
- Poor structure construction (scaffolding, etc.)
If you believe that your construction injuries or the death of your loved one was the result of someone else’s negligence, reach out to our team at Anesi Ozmon. We can help you seek the justice you deserve and the fair compensation you are owed.
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