Accidents on construction sites or those caused by construction activities occur frequently and can often result in serious, even life-threatening, injuries that can rob a worker of his or her ability to earn a living and support a family. Because of the hazardous nature of the work that takes place at a construction project, great caution must be exercised by the contractors, owners, developers and architects who are responsible for job site safety.
Although workers’ compensation laws restrict an injured employee from holding his or her employer responsible for a workplace accident, if the injury is caused in whole or in part by someone other than the employer or a co-worker, the injured person may be able to pursue a third-party liability lawsuit against those responsible for the injuries.
There are numerous instances in which a worker may be injured due to the fault of a third-party. For example, if a worker injured on the job received negligent medical treatment provided by a doctor or hospital, the injured person may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. If a person is injured in a motor vehicle collision while on the clock working, he or she may pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. An injury may occur to a factory worker while using a defective machine, for which the manufacturer of the machine may be liable. A construction worker may suffer an injury due to an unsafe worksite that is the responsibility of another company working at the same work site.
The injured person may seek compensation for his or her medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and physical disabilities and disfigurement caused by the incident.
To consult with our office regarding a potential construction site or workplace injury claim, please call (312) 346-6800 or complete and submit the contact form. We urge you to contact an attorney as soon as possible, to ensure all of your rights are protected.