Construction workers in Chicago take quite a risk on most days just to earn a living, as was evidenced in one accident recently discussed on our blog. Workplace statistics show that construction workers are among the most common workers to suffer an injury on a job site or, in the most unfortunate situations, fatality. The fact is that there are many different ways that a construction workplace injury can occur.
One of the most common causes of construction accidents is faulty equipment. Cranes, forklifts, and even nail guns have been the cause of countless construction accidents on work sites throughout the country every year. Our readers in Chicago may think that the operation of this equipment is to blame in many cases, but the fact is that oftentimes it is the machinery that is faulty. When this is the case, an injured construction worker may be able to pursue financial compensation from the company that manufactured the equipment. However, these lawsuits are often hotly contested, requiring strong advocacy to have a chance at winning.
But beyond the injuries that are suffered in a construction accident and any personal injury or product liability lawsuit that needs to be pursued in the aftermath, almost all workers will be eligible for workers' compensation after a construction accident. This process may also be confusing for injured workers, as there are a variety of deadlines involved and forms that will need to be submitted.
At our law firm, we do our best to help our clients understand their options when they have suffered an injury in a construction accident. Whether it is just filing for workers' compensation, or if it is a case that will involve a lawsuit against a manufacturer of a defective piece of machinery, we attempt to make sure our clients have the information they need to make the right decision on how to proceed. For more information, please visit the construction accident overview section of our law firm's website.