Handling the consequences of a construction accident is stressful. You may not be able to work for the foreseeable future, and the medical expenses are piling up, thus putting your family’s finances in jeopardy. At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, our Belleville work injury lawyers understand how angry and frustrated you may feel. When your workplace accident and injury were the fault of someone else, the financial burden should rest on their shoulders.
If you were injured in a construction accident in Illinois, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Unfortunately, workers’ comp will never cover all your expenses. It does not compensate you for physical and emotional pain. If someone not involved with your employer caused your accident through their negligence or recklessness, then you may have the right to file a third-party personal injury claim and pursue additional compensation.
To learn more about filing a third-party claim after a construction accident, contact a construction accident lawyer from The Cates Law Firm, LLC at 618-277-3644 or use our online form to request an appointment.
Common Construction Accidents in Illinois
At The Cates Law Firm, LLC we handle injury and fatality claims following all types of construction accidents, including those related to:
- Defective equipment
- Electric shock and electrocution
- Fall prevention equipment failure
- Falling objects
- Falls from heights
- Heavy equipment and machinery accidents
- Ladder and scaffolding failure
- Poorly-maintained equipment
- Slip and falls
- Vehicle accidents
If you were injured in any type of Illinois construction accident, do not hesitate to call us for help. We are here to listen to your story, determine if a third party was at fault for the incident and your injuries, and guide you pursuing compensation.
Common Injuries Suffered in Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can lead to all types of minor, moderate, and serious injuries. At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, a construction accident lawyer can represent you after you suffer:
- Bone fractures
- Concussions and moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Crush injuries
- Hearing loss
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon sprain and strains
- Neck and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss
Who is at Fault for the Construction Accident?
Following a construction accident, it is important to determine who was at fault. As long as your employer appropriately carries workers’ compensation insurance, you can file a workers’ comp claim. These benefits should kick no matter who contributed to the accident.
You still need to determine whether fault rests with your employer or a third party. If someone from outside of your employer caused the accident and your injuries, then you may have the right to pursue a personal injury claim against that person or business. This can provide you with compensation beyond your workers’ comp benefits, which can be important in helping you recover from the accident and move forward without harming your finances.
A third party can be any individual or business outside of your employer. It could be that a pedestrian or motorist is at fault. You may have been struck by someone’s personal vehicle while working by the side of the road. A stranger could have trespassed on your work site and committed an act of violence. The third party may have been a worker at the site who is employed by another company.
If someone other than an employee or agent of your employer is responsible for the construction accident in which you were injured, do not hesitate to call a construction accident lawyer from our firm.
Did Your Employer Fail to Carry Workers’ Compensation?
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, 820 ILCS 305, requires all employers and employees of “extra hazardous” fields to comply with the law. Carrying workers’ compensation insurance is not optional for employers in these industries. Under 820 ILCS 305/3, extra hazardous fields include construction, execution, electrical work, and demolition.
After an accident, if you learn that your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, call The Cates Law Firm, LLC immediately. When your employer violates the law and does not carry workers’ comp, you may have a personal injury claim against your employer. You may feel uncomfortable filing suit against your employer, however, it may be the best way to obtain the compensation you need.
Personal Injury Compensation After a Construction Accident
If you were injured in a construction accident caused by a third party, you may have the right to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim. You should speak with a construction accident lawyer about the types of damages you may be entitled to and the potential value of your claim.
At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, we will fight for you to recover compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life, or loss of normal life
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Wage loss
Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for their wrongful conduct. They are not available in all situations. Instead, you must be able to establish that the defendant’s actions were egregious. You may be able to prove the defendant’s actions demonstrated a willful and wanton disregard for your safety, or that the defendant acted intentionally.
Fatal Construction Accidents & Compensation
If you lost a spouse, parent, or child in a construction accident, call a construction accident lawyer immediately. At The Cates Law Firm, LLC, we are experienced in bringing wrongful death claims based on a construction accident. We will listen to your story and explain Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act, 740 ILCS 180. We will review whether you are the personal representative for your loved one’s estate. If so, you may file the wrongful death claim. If not, the personal representative must do so.
If your family is interested in moving forward with this type of claim, we will discuss the types of damages you may pursue, including
- Funeral costs
- Grief, sorrow, and mental suffering
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of services and contributions
- Lost benefits
- Lost wages
How an Illinois Construction Accident Lawyer From The Cates Law Firm, LLC Can Help
Before you contact us and schedule an appointment, you may want to know how we can help you after a construction accident. We are here to investigate the accident that caused you harm, and determine who is at fault. We will determine whether a co-worker, manager, or third party cause the accident. Once we know who is at fault, we will determine whether liability belongs to your employer, or another individual or business.
If you have a valid third-party claim, we will guide you through filing such a claim so that you can seek the compensation you deserve under the law. We are experienced in these types of claims and can guide you through the legal and administrative processes. When it comes time to negotiate a settlement with an insurer or the at-fault party, we will strive to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.
If a settlement is not possible, we are prepared to fight for you in court.
Contact a Belleville Construction Accident LawyerFrom Cates Mahony, LLC Today
If you were harmed or lost a loved one in a construction accident, call a construction accident lawyer at The Cates Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources you need to bring a successful third-party claim, and we will keep you informed of the legal and claims process every step of the way.
Contact us online, or call us at 618-277-3644 to schedule a free case consultation.