Construction Accident Lawyers Nassau County Workers Trust Explains Construction Accident Claims Process
One of the more common types of injury cases we handle at name of form are construction site accidents. A Nassau County construction accident lawyer from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen understands how devastating the injuries victims sustain in these accidents can be and will do all we can to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Call our office to set up a free case evaluation. In the meantime, the following is a brief overview of construction site accidents.
Under Illinois law, if an employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, it usually leaves them immune from personal injury lawsuits should a worker get injured on the job. However, workers’ comp does not provide an employer immunity from injuries a worker suffers that was a result of an intentional or egregious act, although in the majority of these types of cases, the claim or lawsuit is usually filed against a third party.
Some of the more common third parties who are named in any claim a construction accident lawyer in Nassau County files includes:
Construction site owner: If the lawsuit is filed against the owner of the construction site, the liability is usually based on the amount of control the owner actually had over the site, compared to the amount of control over the work that was being conducted on the site itself.
General contractors and subcontractors: Under federal regulations, both general and subcontractors have a duty to provide all workers with a safe work site, ensure that all the processes used to complete work on the site is being done according to safety regulations put in place by the federal and state agencies, and to warn all workers of any dangers or hazards that are either on site or are part of the duties of the job. If a worker is injured and that injury is the result of any failure of the general and/or sub-contractor to follow those regulations, the laws allows the worker to pursue financial compensation for their injuries from the contractor responsible for the failure.
Prime contractors: A primary contractor is a contractor who is responsible only for the work that is specified specifically in their contract or any work that the prime contractor assigns to a sub-contractor.
Engineers and architects: There are situations where engineers or architects have the duty to oversee the progress of the project and to make sure all aspects of the project are compliant with safety and code regulations.
Manufacturers: If the injury was the result of defective equipment, then any party involved in the distribution chain may be held liable. This includes the manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, or retailer.
If a worker is injured in a construction site accident, they should take the following steps to ensure not only they receive treatment for their injury, but also ensure they can pursue damages against those parties responsible for the injuries:
Make sure to obtain medical attention immediately, even if you think you only may have a minor injury.
Report the incident/injury to the employer, manager, or supervisor and document who you provided this information to.
Talk to witnesses to the incident and see if they are willing to give statements to what they saw.
Take photographs of the accident site, any equipment that may have caused or contributed to the injury, and of the injury itself.
Contact a construction attorney in Nassau County right away to find out what legal recourse you may have.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, contact one of the construction Accident lawyers Nassau County clients turn to for help from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, PC.