Construction sites are inherently dangerous places. Generally, there are a variety of hazards present at a construction site, including unfinished structures, heavy machinery, power tools, exposed electrical wiring, toxic or hazardous chemicals, and open excavations. Additionally, the area around a construction site can be just as hazardous due to the possibility of falling objects or other hazards escaping from the site itself. When people are injured at or around construction sites because of the negligence of others, they are often entitled to significant compensation from the person or party responsible for their injuries. This is often true even if the person injured is an employee of the company responsible for the accident, although some claims may be precluded by the Illinois workers’ compensation program.
In most cases, the assistance of an experienced construction site accident attorney can have a significant impact on the amount of money an accident victim may recover. Consequently, anyone injured in a preventable accident should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Construction site accidents can cause serious injuries
When an accident occurs at an active construction site, individuals on the site and passersby can sustain extremely serious injuries. While these accidents can cause nearly any type of injury, some of the most common include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, commonly referred to as TBIs, occur when a bump or jolt to the head causes a disruption in the way the brain normally functions.
- Spinal cord injuries – SCIs are an extremely serious type of injury that can cause muscle weakness, loss of sensation, mobility issues, and even paralysis below the site of injury.
- Broken bones – Broken bones are a common injury at construction sites and can require significant medical treatment.
- Burns – Construction sites often retain equipment that can easily cause serious burns if mishandled or defective.
Of course, there are many other kinds of injuries that people can sustain at or around a construction site. Whether you will be able to recover compensation depends on a variety of factors, so it is important for anyone who has been injured to discuss his or her accident with an experienced construction attorney. The kinds of losses that are often discoverable in a construction site accident case include medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, and property damage, as well as others. It is important for victims to be aware of the fact that construction site accident claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that a delay in filing a claim may result in an inability to recover.
Contact a Rockford personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
Anyone injured at a construction site should discuss his or her accident with an experienced construction site accident attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury lawyers of Fisk & Monteleone LTD. are dedicated to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 815-315-9206. If you would prefer to send us an email, please do so through our online contact form available here.