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Peoria IL Construction Accident Lawyer


Fighting for Your Rights: Peoria IL Construction Accident Lawyer

Generally, most, if not all, construction sites can be dangerous. They pose numerous opportunities for things to go catastrophically wrong, from having heavy equipment to the dangers associated with scaffolding. Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye. However, while accidents occur at construction sites, it is equally unfortunate that occasionally companies in the construction industry may choose to cut corners and thus fail to exercise adequate safety. The approach is often taken to decrease the time spent working on the site, which helps reduce costs. But in doing so, they increase the odds of accidents on site.

Have you been injured in a construction-related accident? If so, LeFante Law Offices, the Peoria IL Construction Accident Lawyer constructions workers trust can certainly help you. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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The Most Common Construction Accidents In Peoria

Image of a person laying on the ground hurt at a construction site in need of a Peoria IL Construction Accident LawyerAs Peoria construction accident lawyers we know there are several factors that can contribute to construction accidents in the US. Some of the most common causes include but may not be limited to:

Falls: Falls are the leading cause of construction accidents in the US. This can happen from a height, such as a roof, scaffolding, or ladder, or from slipping and tripping on an elevated surface. However, precautions like wearing safety gear need to be taken to minimize the damage caused by these accidents.

Struck by objects: Workers can be hit by objects such as heavy equipment, falling debris, or moving vehicles on construction sites. The resulting injuries can sometimes be life-altering.

Electrocution: Electrocution can occur when workers come into contact with electrical wires or faulty electrical equipment.

Crushing Injuries: Workers can become caught in or caught-between equipment or objects, such as getting trapped between heavy machinery or crushed by falling materials.

Overexertion: Construction workers may suffer from overexertion owing to the physically demanding nature of their work, including lifting heavy loads or working in awkward positions. Our law firm understands the risks this can pose. 

Repetitive motion injuries: Some construction tasks require repetitive motion, which can cause injuries over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.

Construction companies are mandated by law to take appropriate safety measures to prevent these accidents, such as providing protective gear, proper training, and maintaining equipment. However, even then, accidents and injuries at construction sites happen, so having a reputed and professional Peoria construction accident attorney fight on the victim’s side is so important.

US Construction Accident Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the United States, with a high rate of accidents and fatalities. Here are some key statistics related to construction accidents in the US:

  • In 2019, 5,333 workers died on the job in the US, and 370 of those fatalities were in the construction industry.
  • The leading causes of construction worker deaths in the US are falls, struck-by-object incidents, electrocutions, and caught-in/between incidents.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 200,100 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the private construction industry in 2019.
  • Approximately 21% of worker fatalities in the US occur in the construction industry, despite construction workers making up only 6% of the US workforce.
  • Construction workers working on highways and bridges are at exceptionally high risk for fatal accidents, with a fatality rate of 15 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2019.

As the leading Illinois construction accident lawyer, we have helped several victims over the years seek and receive rightful compensation for their injuries. 

Filing Personal Injury Claims After A Construction Accident Injuries

When there is third-party negligence, including that of an employer or failure to follow OSHA standards, which led to an accident, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Through the claim, you have the right to legally pursue compensation for non-financial losses and apparent financial losses you might have sustained because of the accident.

Filing a personal injury claim does not mandate that the party responsible pay medical costs directly. Instead, the law allows victims to recover compensation for bills that were racked up owing to injuries.

A Peoria, IL Construction Accident Lawyer may include compensation for the following in a claim:

Medical Bills:  Medical bills rise exponentially after most serious construction accidents. However, not only do victims have to worry about the immediate costs of paying those bills, but there may also be ongoing costs that need to be considered.

Lost Wages: When a construction worker is injured, they can’t work and thus may need extensive time off. We often discuss this with our clients to determine how much time they will need away from work. Plus, we need to factor in time for follow-up appointments or any further treatment needed even after the victim resumes work. 

Loss of Earning Potential: Some construction accidents may also cause permanent or lifelong problems preventing a victim from resuming work in the construction industry. For instance, someone who has lost the function of their legs can’t navigate a construction site in a wheelchair. The same goes for losing vision and hearing. That’s where a seasoned attorney can help claim lost earning potential from the construction accident.

Pain and Suffering: Ongoing pain and suffering is another problem we need to claim. Ongoing suffering in the form of emotional distress or physical pain can lead to a loss of opportunities and even independence. We can help calculate the dollar value of this and add that to our claim. 

Our team leaves no stone unturned when filing a claim, from investigating the Peoria construction site accident to speaking with medical experts familiar with construction injuries and witnesses. 

Have You Sustained Construction Accident Injuries?

At LeFante Law Offices, we can help people in the construction industry who have sustained injuries file a claim that allows them to receive rightful compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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