Construction Accidents The Lawyers You Need & Deserve

Chicago Construction Accident Lawyers

Standing Up for Injured Construction Workers Since 1987

As a construction worker, you are entitled to a safe workplace under federal law. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a construction accident, talk with the lawyers at Trapp & Geller. We specialize in helping injury victims and their loved ones secure fair compensation and treatment when they can’t do so on their own. We have a proven track record of helping construction workers and their families get the compensation they deserve after an accident.

Construction site accidents can be complex, and, after an incident, many employers and property owners will move quickly to build a legal defense against you. Our team has 35 years of experience and provides aggressive representation. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Let us put our experience and drive to work for you.

Contact us now to learn what we can do for you during a free, no obligation case evaluation. We speak English, Spanish, and Polish.

How Common Are Construction Site Accidents?

Construction work has one of the highest rates of workplace accidents. More than 4700 construction workers were killed on the job in 2020. However, construction work is not only linked to employment fatalities, it also can result in severe accidents that can leave the worker disabled or with limited work prospects. Trapp & Geller is a leading construction accident law firm serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs. We prepared this guide to help injury victims and their families understand their rights.

Common Types of Construction Site Accidents

Trapp & Geller’s Construction site accident lawyers have worked in cases involving:

  • Construction site explosions and burns
  • Crane accidents
  • Electrical injuries
  • Forklift accidents
  • Lift and ladder accidents
  • Scaffold collapses
  • Falls from heights (ladder, scaffold, trench, skylight, etc.)
  • Trench collapses

If injured in a worksite related accident it is important for workers to seek legal counsel immediately. With possible long-term medical complications, risk of disablement, and difficulty finding work, it is important to get a settlement that will not only get a worker through their injuries but protect them in the future as well.

Is Your Employer Liable for Your Construction Injury?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), your employer is responsible for providing a safe workplace. Unfortunately, many times contractors and subcontractors perform unsafe work activities to get jobs done quickly and as cheap as possible. As a result, over 10,000 workers are injured or killed daily. Our construction accident lawyers can help you pursue all available sources of compensation, including workers’ compensation law and third-party personal injury claims.

Questions to Ask If You’ve Been Injured in a Construction Site Accident

We can help you find answers—and solutions—to the following questions and more:

  • Could this injury have been prevented?
  • Was my accident due to negligent behavior or faulty equipment?
  • Was my work site OHSA compliant? (see OSHA Employer Responsibilities)
  • Who is responsible for my medical bills?
  • What future expenses might I encounter?
  • Will disability be able to cover my expenses alone?

Contact Our Chicago Construction Site Lawyers

Trapp & Geller is the construction site law firm in Chicago. Talk with our team today during a free consultation and we can help to secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today to discuss your case with an experienced construction accident lawyer. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid unless you get paid.

Construction Accidents That Typically Result in Litigation

While many injuries can lead to a fatality or severe injury on construction sites, some of the more common accidents that often lead to litigation claims include the following.

Falls

Construction crews are often required to work on high beams, ladders, or lift systems when working on buildings. Falls from an extreme height can lead to head trauma, severe bodily injury, and even death. While there are many safety options such as harnesses that are available to workers, there are still many unsafe sites where falls can more easily occur.

Electrocutions

In construction worksites, there are often areas of exposed wiring or older areas where wiring has not been updated. Whether the construction worker is working on the electric portion of the job or not, they are at risk for accidental electrocution due to poor, damaged, or exposed wiring on the site.

Exposure to Hazardous or Dangerous Materials

As shown by the dangers discovered from asbestos exposure, it is being found that many construction workers have been exposed to a variety of hazardous materials while working on the job. Even with proper protocols in place many workers still suffer from respiratory disease from repeated exposure to dust from the materials.

Being Struck by an Object

With so many levels being worked on during a construction job, not only are their objects that may fall from heights overhead but there will also be other large pieces moving up and down the building such as support beams and tools. If any of these materials become loose or the transport system fails, it can lead to severe head trauma and even fatal injuries for workers who may be struck.

Vehicle Accidents

While primarily a workplace accident confined to road construction crews, these are no less damaging when they occur. While drivers are supposed to exercise safety when driving around construction zones, these rules are not always followed. Accidents on roadways often result in severe or fatal injuries to unprotected workers.

Equipment Injuries

Construction crews are required to use a multitude of tools on sites. They are often accidents related to injuries due to heavy equipment handling such as backhoes and excavators. Additionally, workers may be utilizing dangerous hand tools such as nail guns on a regular basis. These types of equipment lead to a higher risk of accidents with the operator as well as other workers around them.

Why Choose Trapp & Geller?

We Win. We Guide. We Produce.
  • More than 25 Years of Experience

    Trapp & Geller has a passion for protecting the rights of the injured. We have the skill, experience, and knowledge to provide you with the highest legal advocacy. We will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve.

  • Customized Legal Strategies

    Each of our attorneys is in it to win your case as much of you are and take pride in getting the best possible result. With that, your dedicated attorney is always available and will even text you regarding your goals and case.

  • Responsive & Informative

    Our attorneys work with you one-on-one and make sure that, at every step of the process, you are fully aware of your case. We are fighting for your rights and always make sure that we are doing what is best for you.

  • Over $400 Million Recovered

    The attorneys at Trapp & Geller have the experience and knowledge to not only win, but to win BIG. When you entrust our team with your case, you can rest assured that we will fight for the maximum amount of compensation.

    Trapp & Geller is an excellent firm to work with.

    “They are extremely professional, treat your case with the utmost attention, and have nothing but your best interests in mind in helping you achieve the compensation you deserve.”

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