Construction workers who are injured on the job may have a third-party personal injury claim against the general contractor, in addition to a workers’ compensation claim against his or her employer. Determining fault for construction accidents can be complex and fact-intensive. The knowledgeable Chicago construction accident attorneys are experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys. We understand the complex laws, regulations and legal theories that are involved with construction accidents. Our team of Chicago construction accident lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident in order to assess liability and pursue all possible causes of actions.
Under regulations and requirements of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the general contractor of a work site is required to maintain safe working conditions. If the general contractor fails to comply with OSHA requirements or negligently fails to secure the premises, the general contractor may be liable for any injuries that occur on the work site in a third-party personal injury lawsuit.
Workers who are injured while working at a construction site are entitled to workers’ compensation under the employer’s insurance policy regardless of fault. In order to bring a successful third party claim, however, you must prove that someone other than you or your employer were responsible for the accident. The third party does need to be the only responsible party – if the third party is even partially responsible for the construction accident and resulting injuries, the third party could be liable for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
Construction worksites are a flurry of activity, with general contractors organizing and coordinating all of the specific projects and subcontractors working on the site. Because general contractors are in a position to recognize hazards, repair them and/or warn others about the condition, general contractors may be negligent if they fail to do so. Negligence by general contractors, or other parties working on a worksite for that matter, can result in slip and fall accidents, scaffolding accidents, and building collapse.
At Ankin Law Offices, we are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of victims of workplace accidents and personal injury accidents, such as construction accidents, slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents and trucking accidents.