As many people know, working on a construction site can be one of the most hazardous work environments out there. With the potential for serious injury at virtually every turn, construction companies try to make every effort to ensure the safety of their workers. Unfortunately, accidents still happen with frightening regularity. Luckily, the Illinois laws that deal with construction site injuries can help protect workers from bearing the financial challenges of a personal injury on their own. If a construction worker has been injured due to the carelessness of another, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries or lost wages.
This is why it's important for anyone who has been injured while working on a construction site to enlist the services of an experienced attorney that understands the complexities surrounding construction site laws and regulations. Many construction sites can have multiple parties working at the site -- from contractors and subcontractors to the actual property owner -- that could be liable for the injuries sustained at the construction site. This means that a thorough investigation of events will need to be done in order to identify any and all parties that are responsible for the accident.
Job site conditions are constantly changing on a construction site as the project progresses. Construction companies are required to follow all OSHA-mandated rules and regulations as the project moves forward to help ensure that all employees, subcontractors, and inspectors can safely navigate the job site at all times. Construction companies also must enforce all employees and workers to wear proper safety equipment, post proper warnings for hazardous chemicals and materials, and maintain appropriate scaffolding and guardrails. If a construction company doesn't comply with all of these rules and regulations, they can be held liable for any injuries suffered by an employee or worker on site.
As with any other injury, the first step you should take is to seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Your health is the most important thing to consider when you've been in a serious accident. Once you've been treated for your injuries, you should take the following steps:
Report the accident and the extent of your injuries to your employer and the construction site manager
Be sure to take note of the name and job title of any individuals involved in the accident, including any witnesses.
If possible, gather any potential evidence of the incident including photos and videos of the location of the accident, any equipment or tools involved in the accident, and the injuries you sustained.
If you or someone you know has been injured on a construction site, you need to act quickly to maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You don't have to face these challenges alone -- call the Suburban Injury Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and find out if you have a case.
Accidents on a construction site can have disastrous effects. They could leave you with a stack of medical bills, and even put you out of work. Don’t fight this battle on your own. I'm here to help you through this by seeking compensation for your injuries so you can recover. Call today for a free consultation.