Construction/Work Accident Lawyer in Chicago, IL
Workers give the Chicagoland economy — any economy, really — its heart. They take on jobs of all types, in schools, offices, museums, and stores, with many accepting the risks of dangerous roles on construction work sites, trucking, waste hauling, and other blue-collar occupations.
Sometimes, things can go wrong. About 50 people die each year in Illinois from workplace accidents, with the majority of those taking place in construction. Statewide in 2020, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission logged almost 140,000 reports of workplace accidents, down from 155,000 four years earlier. Nationwide that same year, about 4,700 people died in workplace incidents, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
If you’ve been seriously injured at work, or worse, lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, you need quality legal representation to protect your rights. The state and federal Workers’ Compensation System provides specific benefits in these cases, but it’s not always a smooth road to obtaining what the law requires.
The personal injury attorneys at Alvarez Law in Chicago, Illinois, will fight to get you what you deserve. Here’s what you need to know about construction/work accidents, the workers’ compensation system, and how we can help.
Types of Construction/Work Accidents
According to OSHA and the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, most workplace injuries and fatalities occur in the construction sector. Between 2016 and 2020, Illinois recorded about 250 workplace deaths, and about 100 of those were in construction.
The most common circumstances in construction and workplace-related accidents include:
- Falling from ladders, scaffolds, or other work done at specific heights.
- Electrocution, related to unnoticed hazards or poorly maintained electrical services.
- Getting hit by falling objects, such as tools or construction materials.
- Getting trapped between machinery or equipment.
- Vehicle accidents.
- Fires or explosions from flammable materials left on site.
- Repetitive stress injuries involving repeated tasks, where injuries develop over time.
- Severe heat illness.
It is, of course, always possible for worker-related injuries or fatalities to occur in other environments outside a construction site. For instance, repetitive stress injuries tied to computer overuse and poor ergonomic equipment can sometimes result in workers’ compensation claims.
How Alvarez Law Construction/Work Accident Lawyers Can Assist
The attorneys at Alvarez Law will help evaluate your case thoroughly, studying the facts and the applicable law to give you an honest assessment of your next steps and provide counsel on the best way to proceed. We’ll help develop a strategy to get the compensation you deserve and pursue justice to the fullest extent possible. Here’s how we can assist.
Investigation and Analysis
If retained in your case, we’ll first conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of your accident. This will include gathering police and medical reports as well as witness statements. Where necessary, we’ll interview you and any witnesses to establish a timeline of the incident and get a record about what people saw and heard. An initial investigation is necessary to ensure that the case can be pursued under workers’ compensation, personal injury law, or premises liability.
Negotiation and Settlement
A personal injury and construction/work accident lawyer can assist in many ways once retained. The ultimate destination isn’t always a lawsuit. Your attorney can help navigate negotiations with insurance carriers, which will be anxious to settle with you quickly — perhaps before you’re ready. Rely on your attorneys at Alvarez Law to represent you in those negotiations, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Fundamentally, your attorney will manage the legal process, from beginning to end. Often, litigation requires carefully tracking deadlines to meet requests or orders from the court or to seek compensation before the statute of limitations expires. The attorneys and staff at Alvarez Law can do that for you.
Advocacy, Support, and Litigation
Your attorney can be an essential resource for you during your recovery. We can help connect you with the necessary resources to document your injuries properly and guide you on collecting proof of out-of-pocket losses you may be able to pursue in court. Attorneys can also provide emotional and practical support to aid your recovery and your family’s healing. If you need to litigate, the attorneys at Alvarez Law will represent you zealously to make sure you get proper compensation for your injuries.
What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Pay?
Illinois workers’ compensation laws specify the compensation categories that injured employees can recover. If you’re injured or become ill from work, you may be able to recover costs for the following:
- Any medical care you may need. This includes physical or emotional therapy, regular doctor checkups, hospital visits, and prescriptions.
- Temporary total disability benefits will make up your lost wages while you miss work to recover from injury.
- Temporary partial disability benefits cover you during recovery when you have a reduced work schedule at reduced pay.
- Any vocational rehabilitation that you may need to recover or adapt to the effects of your injuries.
- Permanent partial disability benefits cover injuries where you can still work despite being partially disabled or disfigured.
- Permanent total disability benefits are for injuries that make it impossible for you to work.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claims
Workers’ compensation protects workers from on-the-job injuries, no matter who or what was to blame. Generally, worker’s compensation covers expenses for temporary total disability, medical bills, and compensation for being partially or entirely unemployable.
What happens if you feel the incident was less incidental and more the result of recklessness or negligence? You may be able to pursue additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury law exists to hold people accountable for actions that suggest irresponsible or careless behavior and cause serious accidents.
Personal injury litigation may allow you to pursue claims for pain and suffering, which you cannot pursue under workers’ compensation law. Another difference is that personal injury lawsuits apply to work and non-work incidents, while workers’ compensation is only for injuries suffered in the workplace.
When filing a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for a variety of economic losses such as lost wages and the cost of past, present, and future medical care. You can also sue for emotional damages. A personal injury case can become a wrongful death claim if the incident results in death.
Trust Alvarez Law With Your Construction/Work Accident Case in Chicago, IL
The attorneys at Alvarez Law in Chicago and Northwest Indiana will work with you to establish an effective legal strategy and help you structure your financial claim, whether it involves workers’ compensation or personal injury proceedings.
Since 1974, personal injury attorney Walter J. Alvarez has dedicated his career to helping people regain their physical and financial losses that a life-changing accident causes. He and his team work diligently to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated. We’ll stand with you through this difficult time and fight for your rights. Call or contact us online today for a consultation.
About Alvarez Law
With over 200 years of combined experience, Alvarez Law is ready to take on your case. Since 1974, our law office has been dedicated to providing our clients with the representation they deserve in what can be a life-altering time. Our team can ensure that your case will be thoroughly investigated, and we will fight to seek the best possible outcome. We want to provide you with the confidence that you can trust our team. Our dedicated attorneys will provide you with the support and experience you need during this difficult time.
Our law firm has two former prosecutors on staff who know the methods and tactics of prosecution. This knowledge is used to ensure your freedom isn’t left to chance. Whether you’ve been accused of a felony or misdemeanor, Alvarez Law Office will use this advantage in your favor.
Reach Out to Alvarez Law Today
A conviction can change the course of your life in an instant. A criminal record can make it harder to find a job or find a place to live in the future, depending on your charges. Whether you’re being investigated or have already been arrested, you should contact a lawyer first thing.
If you need a criminal defense attorney, reach out to the team at Alvarez Law today. One of our experienced attorneys will be glad to discuss your case and see what we can do for you. You can reach us by phone at 219-641-3128 or fill out our quick form online today. We have several convenient locations to better serve our clients throughout Indiana and Illinois. Our team looks forward to working with you and providing you with the representation that you deserve.