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Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction accidents can lead to some of the most devastating injuries. This is not only because of the exposure that workers have to extremely dangerous environments but because workers frequently have families who are dependent on them for support. We have significant experience when it comes to guiding clients in the aftermath of construction injuries.

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Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction Accident Law Firm

Construction sites are often dangerous by nature. Whether the construction is on a home or a large office development, workers are around large equipment and dangerous tools. There are often several different types of construction occurring at any given time. If proper safety measures are not met, construction accidents can cause severe injury and even death.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, construction accidents accounted for nearly 16% of all fatal work injuries. In 2012, there were approximately 4,383 fatal construction accidents, the second highest number of fatal accidents among any profession. The most common construction accident injuries include being struck by equipment or vehicles, electrical related injuries, falls and trenching or excavation injuries.

Electrical Related Construction Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 350 construction workers are fatally electrocuted each year while on the job. Electrocutions are a major concern when working near electricity. Electrical accidents can be caused by contact with power lines, improper use of extension cords and lack of protection. Contact with high voltage currents can result in cardiac arrest, thermal burns or permanent muscle, tissue, and nerve damage.

Prevention: Overhead power lines often carry tens of thousands of volts, making them extremely dangerous to employees who work in their vicinity. When operating near power lines, workers should always assume they are energized unless told otherwise. Overhead and ground lines should be de-energized before work and non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders should be used to further avoid electrocution. When using extension cords, 3-wire type factory-assembled extension cords should be used, along with ones designated for extra-hard usage when applicable.

Falls

Falls are the leading cause of work-related deaths and the leading cause of injuries in the construction profession. More than 360 workers are killed annually as a result of falls on-site. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2012, falls accounted for 36% of all work-related deaths. Falls can be caused by insufficient fall protection, misuse of ladders, and uncovered holes in walls, floors, or roofs.

Prevention: When workers are exposed to a fall distance of at least six feet, it is important to implement guardrail or safety net systems for their protection. Construction sites should be surveyed before work and dangerous holes should be covered. Also, ladders should be inspected for broken parts before use, and they should be positioned on level ground with the side rails extended approximately three feet above the landing.

Vehicle Accidents on Construction Sites

Nearly 10% of all construction accident fatalities are a result of workers being injured by vehicles or equipment while working.

You can trust the expert trucking accident lawyers at Zayed Law Offices if you’ve been involved in a trucking or commercial vehicle accident. 

Construction workers also can be injured by falling objects.

Prevention: When utilizing mobile construction equipment, operators must ensure the equipment is in safe condition before use. Parking brakes must be set when stepping away from a vehicle, and loose pieces of equipment must be secured to ensure they will not fall. When working near public roads, workers must remain visible by wearing reflective gear and yellow or orange clothing. Also, traffic signs must be used to indicate worker positioning to oncoming traffic.

Trenching & Excavation

The fatality rate for excavation workers is 112% higher than the rate for general construction workers. Cave-ins are the most commonly feared trenching hazard, but other hazards such as asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen, inhalation of toxic fumes, and drowning are also serious dangers. Trenching and excavation accidents can occur due to a worker’s lack of protection, failure to inspect the trenching area, unsafe soil placement, and unsafe entrance/exits to the work area.

Prevention: Excavations are inherently hazardous because they are naturally unstable and prone to cave-ins. Prior to breaking ground, underground lines must be identified, traffic control must be planned, escape plans and emergency protocols must be finalized. Once work has begun tests for low oxygen and hazardous fumes must be performed, especially when working near gasoline, and adequate ventilation must be in place at the trenching site.

Crane Accidents

The personal injury attorneys at Zayed Law Offices are adept in reviewing the factors that make a case viable. Very frequently, we take calls from potential clients who suspect they have a case, but they do not know what kind of case. On the topic of construction injuries, we frequently take calls from hard working men and women who were injured on a jobsite. Now, when they call they might be under the assumption that they have a workers compensation case. Countless times, after reviewing the facts at hand, we have discovered that there is a third party involved and that a traditional personal injury case and/or product liability case is warranted.

SERVING CLIENTS IN CHICAGO, JOLIET AND THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS 

DO YOU HAVE A THIRD PARTY LAWSUIT IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR CRANE ACCIDENT INJURY? 

The Chicago Crane Accident Attorneys at Zayed Law Offices have represented injured workers in connection with catastrophic personal injuries.  Whether the injuries include fractures, brain injuries or paralysis, we fight to uncover whether there is a third party involved.  This is important because on the surface of things, most workers think that they were injured at work and so they have a workers compensation case.  The fact is that workers compensation is a limited compensation system, and it is not contemplated as a full remedy.  So, if the injuries are truly grievous, catastrophic and/or lead to a wrongful death, it is critical to investigate as to whether there was third party involvement.   

WHAT IS A THIRD PARTY? 

In the context of crane accidents, if an innocent bystander is injured or if someone who is not on the job is injured, it is easy to deduce that those responsible for the crane and/or the manufacturer are going to deserve a good hard look in terms of their potential culpability.  However, when a worker is injured on a job site, things become a bit more complicated.  For example, if the employer set up the crane, and the worker is injured, we’re looking at a workers compensation lawsuit, but we will also need to investigate whether the injury occurrence happened as a result of the negligence of another party – a third party.  For example, we might look at whether there was a general contractor involved.  We might look at whether there were other construction teams at the site.  We might need to look at whether the crane manufacturer was negligent.  We might need to look at whether the property owner was negligent in some fashion.   

WHY IS HIRING A CRANE ACCIDENT LAWYER IMPORTANT? 

 In the event of a catastrophic injury on a job site involving a crane accident, workers compensation will not fully compensate the worker or their family.  In the event that our investigative team uncovers the negligence of a third party, that discovery could be the difference between a life of pain, suffering and isolation and a full remedy as contemplated by the law.  At Zayed Law Offices, our legal team is dedicated to fighting for the rights of people injured due to the neglect of corporations and organized money.  In the event that you or a family member has suffered because of a crane accident in Illinois, contact us at 855.726.1616 for a free, no-obligation consultation or fill out our contact form.   

Scaffolding Accidents

At Zayed Law Offices, we have been representing injured workers since 2009. One of the situations that leads to very serious injuries is when there is a scaffolding failure. We relentlessly investigate and pursue the responsible parties. One of the reasons we are so passionate about pursuing scaffolding injury cases is because (a) there is likely a 3rd party defendant responsible; (b) scaffolding injuries are so very avoidable; and (c) scaffolding injuries result in terrible injuries and sometimes death. Our firm stands behind our clients, and our loyalty is unwavering. We are on a mission to fight for workers who have been injured due to negligence.

HELPING CLIENTS WITH SCAFFOLDING INJURIES IN CHICAGO SINCE 2009. 

At Zayed Law Offices, we have been representing injured workers since 2009. One of the situations that leads to very serious injuries is when there is a scaffolding failure.  We relentlessly investigate and pursue the responsible parties.  One of the reasons we are so passionate about pursuing scaffolding injury cases is because (a) there is likely a 3rd party defendant responsible; (b) scaffolding injuries are so very avoidable; and (c) scaffolding injuries result in terrible injuries and sometimes death.  Our firm stands behind our clients, and our loyalty is unwavering.  We are on a mission to fight for workers who have been injured due to negligence. 

Examples of Scaffolding Negligence 

The acts of negligence giving rise to scaffolding negligence can be quite complex.  The list below is by no means comprehensive, but these are the types of facts that we investigate.  Additionally, these are the type of facts that our world class experts work to uncover and discover:  

  • Was the scaffolding properly fastened?  Bolting and bracing techniques must be utilized to prevent sway? 
  • Was the equipment used to secure scaffolding in good working order? 
  • Was the scaffolding appropriately rated for the expected weight it would carry? 
  • Were there appropriate safety rails above the scaffolding? 
  • Were the workers provided with appropriate lines, harnesses and other equipment to ensure an environment and context of safety? 
  • Did everyone working on the scaffolding have appropriate training including those who set up the scaffolding? 
  • Did the scaffolding collapse due to manufacturer or assembly error? 
  • Were appropriate inspections performed on the scaffolding at regular intervals? 
  • Did an object fall from a higher platform?   
  • Was electricity a component of the injury?  More specifically, was the worker injured because a live power line came into contact with the scaffolding? 
  • Was the scaffolding excessively loaded? 
     

top rated Chicago scaffolding injury law firm like Zayed Law Offices has the creativity, drive and resources to put your case together. 

WHY ZAYED LAW OFFICES FOR YOUR CHICAGO SCAFFOLDING INJURY CASE? 

Zayed Law Offices is not your ordinary personal injury law firm.  The last thing that we are doing is trying to resolve cases quickly unless its in the client’s best interest to do so.  We pride ourselves on fighting for a full remedy on behalf of our clients.  The law presumes that there is a remedy for every wrong, and we believe that properly representing a client implies a non-transactional attorney/client relationship.  We feel real loyalty and responsibility towards our clients, and it is our goal to make them whole.  This is particularly important in construction and scaffolding cases because most people assume that construction accidents rely on the workers compensation system to make injured workers whole.  Scaffolding injuries frequently involve the negligence of third parties including the manufacturer and corporations other than the worker’s employer.  It takes our brand of creativity, drive and resources to fight for full a full remedy above and beyond workers compensation. 

CONTACT ZAYED LAW OFFICES FOR YOUR CHICAGO SCAFFOLDING INJURY 

At Zayed Law Offices we provide free, no-obligation consultations to workers and their families in the event of a scaffolding injury.  Medical treatment is obviously a first order priority, but top tier legal counsel is also extremely important when it comes to preserving evidence and fighting hard right from the outset of the case.  For this reason, we provide telephone or in person consultations, but we will also go to the hospital or the family home in order to move as swiftly and as efficiently as possible.  Contact us at 855.726.1616 or via our contact us form for a free consultation on your contingency fee scaffolding injury case.  

At Zayed Law Offices, we are proponents of the approach that medical attention is the primary concern in the aftermath of a catastrophic occurrence.  It is critical to report the injury to the employer or manager with specificity.  Further, it is a good idea to get contact information for any potential witnesses along with photos of the injuries and the condition that led to the injury.  Contacting a skilled and experienced construction accident attorney is a critical component when fighting for your rights in the aftermath of an injury.   

In the event of a catastrophic injury at a construction site, the investigation as to at liable parties can be extremely important and time sensitive.  The initial investigation as to at fault parties can be aided by a thorough OSHA inquiry.  Frequently there is overlapping negligence on behalf of many different parties, and typically our firm’s investigation of the parties involved includes a comprehensive examination about whether parties other than the employer are liable. 

Construction Site OwnersSometimes the property owner and/or the construction site owner deserve scrutiny in the event of a construction accident.   

 

General and sub-contractors: both of these entities have a duty to maintain a safe working environment.  The relationship of the injured person to the general and sub-contractors is also of critical importance in terms of determining the type of case at issue.  Workers compensation injuries do not require a finding of negligence, but workers compensation is not a complete compensation system.  On the other hand, if the worker was an independent contractor, they might have the opportunity to file a civil action seeking a complete remedy from the courts.   

 

Architects and Engineers: In the event that the architects or engineers involved in any particular project have created a dangerous environment.  Sometimes architects and engineers violate safety codes, but sometimes their violations must be exposed through the use of experts retained by a personal injury construction accident law firm.   

 

Manufacturers:  Defective products put people at risk on the job site.  In the event that a product was manufactured improperly or if the product was designed in a negligent manner, the laws of strict liability will apply.  Further, companies that were involved in any way throughout the supply chain may very well be liable.   

 

Interaction between OSHA and Construction Accidents 

 

OSHA is sometimes feared as an impediment to productivity at job sites.  That being said OSHA’s mandate is to ensure that working environments are safe.  In the event of a catastrophic construction injury it is usually a good idea to ask OSHA to inspect the workplace, to inspect policies and procedures in place, to request information about minimum OSHA standards.  Workers are free to invoke OSHA without fear of retaliation or reprisal.  In the event of a serious construction site injury, our law firm can also help clients file an OSHA complaint in the event of an injury involving a dangerous workplace.  OSHA can not only help with a preliminary investigation, but they can actually make a difference in terms of the safety standards at the workplace. 

  • Crane accidents; 
  • Hoist accidents; 
  • Collapsed structures; 
  • Toxic substances; 
  • Falls from elevations; 
  • Slips and falls; 
  • Defective products; 
  • Fires and explosions; 
  • Scaffolding accidents; and 
  • Wrongful death 

At Zayed Law Offices, we are a trial law firm dedicated to helping people who have been injured on construction sites seek a remedy for their injuries.  We have experience working on some of the most complex and catastrophic injuries in the State of Illinois.  We fight hard to secure compensation for the following types of losses: 

 

  • Past and future medical bills; 
  • Past and future pain and suffering; 
  • Past and future loss of normal life; 
  • Past and future lost income; 
  • Emotional suffering; 
  • Disfigurement; and 
  • Wrongful death.   

If you have questions about a construction site accident involving you or a family member, please contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation at 855.726.1616 or use our contact form.   .

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