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Worker suffers fatal construction injuries

New buildings and renovations all around Chicago suggest that the local economy is beginning to improve. Not only does building growth provide space for people to move into new homes and new businesses to open, it also creates jobs for men and women who are seeking work. All around, construction development seems to promote positive change.

One of the downfalls of construction is the potential for construction workers and passers-by to have on-site accidents, resulting in construction injuries. A young man working a construction site was recently killed when he climbed down into a hole to collect lost items and dirt collapsed in and on top of him. It took over an hour to pull him out from beneath the dirt, and the victim was only 20 years old and leaves behind his fiancé and unborn daughter.

The circumstances of this accident are truly tragic, and now the victim's family is left coping with his loss and paying for his funeral service. While the victim's family does not have the financial resources to pay for his funeral, it is also reported that the employing construction company does not have any insurance to protect it against liabilities.

Construction accidents such as this one are serious legal matters. Responsible parties, such as negligent contractors, construction companies and other construction professionals, can be held liable for the damages that their actions cause. Even without liability insurance to cover claims made against them, construction companies may have other resources available to them and from which victims may recover. Victims have rights to become whole after construction accidents and may choose to pursue legal action to enforce those rights.

Source: KFSM 5 News, "Construction Accident Victim Leaves Pregnant Fiancée Behind," Jocelyne Pruna, May 7, 2013

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