Rockford Construction Accident Lawyer
Rockford Construction Accident Lawyer
Find out whether you’re eligible for more than just workers compensation by speaking with a Rockford construction injury lawyer.
In Illinois and elsewhere, the construction industry is consistently one of the most dangerous industries to work in. From falling objects to malfunctioning equipment, many common occurrences on construction sites can lead to serious injuries.
But what happens to victims of construction accidents? Are they left to fend for themselves, hurt and unable to continue earning an income? Many Illinois construction accident victims pursue workers compensation benefits. And while these benefits will most often cover a portion of your medical bills and lost wages, they often won’t be enough to cover all of your damages.
It’s times like this when a Rockford construction accident lawyer can be an indispensable ally in your efforts to get your life back. Let an attorney from Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC help you as you pursue personal injury compensation for your construction accident.
How Construction Accidents Happen
Working in construction can put you in potentially dangerous scenarios almost every day. One day, you might find yourself high above the site on a ladder or scaffolding. The next day, you might be back on the ground using heavy equipment that can pose lethal threats when it malfunctions.
Despite the various bodily threats working in construction can pose, many construction accidents in Rockford share characteristics. That’s because a few common problems lead to the majority of construction injuries we see.
The following are some common types of construction accidents that cause injuries:
- Falling objects, including tools, building materials, and general debris
- Falling from ladders, scaffolding, cranes, and other elevated places
- Exposure to toxic or corrosive substances
- Malfunctioning equipment, including power tools and vehicles like backhoes and excavators
- Explosions and fires
- Electrocutions and slip-and-fall accidents
Are You Eligible for More Than Workers Comp?
Don’t be surprised if, when you start asking around about how to be compensated for your Rockford construction accident, you’re told that your only option is workers comp. Employers and third parties generally want you to believe that because it reduces the financial burden on them if you’re owed compensation for what happened to you.
Of course, you might very well be eligible for additional compensation—far above what work comp would offer you. To get that compensation, you will have to file a personal injury claim.
A Rockford construction injury attorney can help you determine whether you’re eligible for personal injury compensation, but we have outlined below a few scenarios that could mean you’re eligible:
- Your Employer Doesn’t Have Work Comp Insurance – Your Rockford employer should pay for workers comp insurance to make sure he or she is covered in the event of an injury like yours. If for some reason your employer doesn’t carry workers comp insurance, you might be able to file a personal injury claim.
- A Third Party Caused Your Injury – When a third party—meaning not you and not your employer—causes your injuries on a Rockford construction site, you might be able to name that third party in your claim. For example, you might be able to file a claim against a speeding driver who hit you while you were working at a roadside construction site.
- You Were Exposed to a Toxic Substance – If any of the substances you work with as part of your construction duties poison or otherwise harm you, you might be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturer of the substance in question.
- A Malfunctioning Product Hurt You – Loaders, jackhammers, saws, and many other devices can cause catastrophic injuries when they malfunction. Because manufacturers are obligated to make sure their products are safe for use, you might have grounds for a Rockford construction accident claim against the manufacturer if a product you were using correctly harms you because of a defect.
- Your Employer Was Intentionally or Egregiously Negligent – While relatively rare, this type of construction accident claim is important in making sure workers’ rights are protected. You generally can’t sue your employer for workplace injuries, but if he or she intentionally harmed you or was grossly negligent by, for example, refusing to provide necessary protective gear in a dangerous situation, you might have grounds for an injury claim.
Compensation for Rockford Construction Accidents
As your Rockford construction accident injury lawyer build your claim for compensation, he or she will need to gain a clear picture of the extent of your injuries and the various ways in which they have affected your life.
The injuries you have suffered will have a direct effect on the value of your claim. With a qualified attorney’s help, you may be eligible for compensation for the following construction injury damages:
- All medical expenses, including future treatments
- Lost wages and reduced future earnings
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
Contact a Rockford Construction Accident Attorney
For help determining whether you’re eligible for personal injury compensation after your construction accident, get in touch with the attorneys at Mahoney & Mahoney, LLC. After we’ve determined your eligibility, we’ll fight for every last cent you’re owed.
To arrange a free consultation with a Rockford construction accident lawyer, call us at 815-656-4600 or fill out the contact form below.