After a construction accident, you could be facing serious injuries, mounting medical bills, and impacts on your ability to earn income.
We can help you sort through your legal options and move forward with a claim or lawsuit. Our team has a track record of winning record-setting awards for victims of construction accidents – and we can fight for every dollar available in your case.
In This Article
- What Should You Do Immediately Following a Construction Accident in Chicago?
- What if You Were Injured on a Construction Site But You’re Not a Construction Worker?
- Let Us Help You Determine What Your Case Is Worth
- Why Hire a Construction Accident Lawyer?
- You Have a Time Limit on Your Ability to Take Action
- Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Rights and Improve the Value of Your Case
- Our Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys Are Available and Ready to Help
What Should You Do Immediately Following a Construction Accident in Chicago?
After a construction accident, you could have a few different options for moving forward, depending on the details of your case. These options may include seeking workers’ compensation and/or filing a third-party claim or lawsuit.
If you are wondering about whether or not it could be possible to sue your employer, know that you are only rarely able to do so.
If you accept workers’ compensation benefits, you will not be able to take legal action against your employer. Typically, you could only file a suit against an employer if you can prove that their actions were exceptionally egregious and you have not yet sought workers’ compensation. You could sue an employer if they did not purchase workers’ compensation insurance, but they were required to do so.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you were a worker and your construction accident injury occurred while you were performing your job duties, our team could help you file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This claim could cover any necessary medical costs, partial wage replacement, and other benefits, per the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Keep in mind that workers’ compensation claims do not allow you to seek compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Filing a Third-party Claim or Lawsuit
Other construction accidents may be the result of a negligent third party (that is not your employer). Such parties may be parts or equipment manufacturers, vehicle drivers, subcontractors, or other parties.
If you are eligible to file a third-party claim, you could pursue pain and suffering damages.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Chicago, call (312) 223-1700
What if You Were Injured on a Construction Site But You’re Not a Construction Worker?
It is possible that you were injured on a construction site and you were not a worker. This may be the case if you were a pedestrian injured when passing by a construction site or a vehicle driver passing through construction.
In these situations, we can help you determine whether or not a construction company could be liable for your losses and help you move forward with a claim or suit.
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Let Us Help You Determine What Your Case Is Worth
One of the first questions you may have is: How much compensation is available in my case? We will listen to your story and work to understand the nature of your injuries and damages after a construction accident.
To calculate your case value, we will ask you to tell us more about:
- The extent of your injuries and your prognosis
- The costs of your medical care and the expected future costs of your care
- How your ability to go back to work has been (and will be) affected
- How your injuries have affected your day-to-day life and ability to provide your own self-care
- If your relationship with your spouse or your family has been impacted
- To what extent the accident or your injuries have affected you emotionally
We Will Gather Evidence to Prove Your Injuries
To build your case, we will also gather additional evidence of the extent of your injuries, such as your medical records and statements from your doctors. Generally, the more severe your injuries were and the more they’ve affected you, the greater the amount we could potentially seek on your behalf.
Still, don’t try to guess what you can get from a claim or lawsuit. Our construction accident lawyers have experience calculating goal settlement or award amounts, and we can tell you how much you could seek.
We Will Include Your Past, Present, and Future Damages in Your Claim
Some accident victims may not realize that they could seek compensation for all of their injury-related losses, whether those costs or losses happened in the past or they will be expected in the future.
You could pursue past and anticipated losses such as:
- Medical bills: Reflecting your emergency care, visits to a doctor or specialist, surgeries, hospitalization, medications, physical therapy, and more
- Income losses: Including any paychecks you missed due to your injury and any future reduction in your ability to work as you did before your injury
- Pain and suffering: Reflecting your physical pain and emotional hardships following your injury
One reason you may want to work with our Chicago legal team is that we understand how to valuate construction accident cases—and will work aggressively to pursue every dollar available.
Why Hire a Construction Accident Lawyer?
Our team can help you navigate the process of your case from start to finish. We can:
- Help you determine your options for seeking compensation
- Gather evidence
- Prove negligence and liability, if you’re filing a third-party claim or lawsuit
- Represent your best interests throughout your case
- Negotiate a settlement
If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, one of our lawyers may be able to assist you with the process. We can help you fight any denials to your claim or handle issues with benefit payments through the insurance company.
Our Case Results for Past Clients
We are proud of the settlements and awards we have secured for our past construction accident clients, including:
- $7.5 million for a worker who fell due to a faulty support wall, which was at the time a record high award for this accident type in DuPage County
- $3.2 million for injuries after a worker fell in an exposed trench
- $1.4 million for a worker who was exposed to carbon monoxide and injured
We are happy to tell you more about our past successes in construction accident cases. We will bring our experience to bear in your case.
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You Have a Time Limit on Your Ability to Take Action
Depending on the legal actions available to you, you may want to be aware of relevant deadlines that could affect your ability to seek compensation.
- The deadline to file a lawsuit is two years, per 735 ILCS 5/13-202.
- You should report your injury to your employer within 45 days if you’re seeking workers’ compensation (and your timeline could be different based on your injury type, per the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission).
If you contact our team sooner rather than later, we can work to ensure that your case meets all important deadlines.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Rights and Improve the Value of Your Case
Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer the consequences of your injuries without seeking compensation. You can take the following steps to protect the value of your case:
- Notify your employer of your injuries sooner rather than later.
- Seek medical care and follow through on additional recommended care.
- Avoid making any recorded statements about your accident or injuries if an insurer contacts you.
- Don’t accept any early settlement offers without seeking a consultation from our team.
Our Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys Are Available and Ready to Help
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury at a construction site, our staff of Chicago construction accident attorneys can support you in understanding construction accident law and help you get the compensation you deserve.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC has extensive experience litigating construction injuries. In a case of this nature, you may want the help of a lawyer familiar with construction practices and OSHA requirements. If you have been injured at a construction site, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC for a free, no-obligation consultation.