As the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago is rightfully famous for its breathtaking skyline. The city has over a thousand high-rise buildings, with a new one seemingly under construction every day. Chicago is also noted for its vast infrastructure, with two major airports and a complex network of roads, highways, bridges, and tunnels. All of this exists thanks to the construction industry, which employs some of the hardest working people in the labor force today. Serving in a wide variety of roles, such as ironworkers, carpenters, electricians, sheet metal workers, glaziers, plumbers, laborers, painters, masons, engineers, tile setters, pipefitters, elevator constructors, and roofers, these highly skilled professionals contribute to the dynamic growth that both defines the city and is a key part of what makes Chicago – and America – so great.
But make no mistake, construction work is dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 150,000 construction accident injuries each year, while about twenty percent of the nation’s workplace deaths take place in construction – the highest fatality rate of all industries. Even in non-fatal accidents, construction professionals can suffer some of the worst medical events imaginable, including:
- Broken Bones
- Loss of Limbs
- Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Trauma
In addition to being physically punishing, these types of injuries can be emotionally and financially devastating, both for the construction workers and their families.
Fortunately, there is hope. For more than four decades, construction professionals have turned to the experienced Chicago construction accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC. Our dedicated construction accident attorneys have obtained over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Because of this record of success, no other construction accident law firm is more respected – or more feared – by its adversaries, both inside and outside of the courtroom. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Chicago construction accident lawyer, call GWC at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative.
How Do Construction Accidents Occur?
More than half of construction accidents resulting in injury belong to one of the following categories:
- Being Struck by an Object
- Getting Trapped Between Objects
Certain defects on a construction site may increase the likelihood of sustaining serious injuries, including:
- Equipment Failure
- Unsafe Property Conditions
- Lack of Cover from Falling Objects
- Tripping Hazards
- Inadequate Fall Protection on Elevated Structures
- Unguarded Trenches
- Uncovered Power Sources
These types of defects are often a sign of workplace negligence, something that a plaintiff must be able to establish in order to achieve a successful outcome in a construction accident claim. This is where an experienced construction injury attorney is essential.
How a Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Construction accidents present some of the most challenging personal injury cases around. They demand comprehensive knowledge not only of the relevant laws and regulations but also of the industry and its operations.
GWC’s seasoned construction accident attorneys are fully versed in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations at the federal level, as well as all state and local building and safety codes. Remember, all contractors in Illinois, including your employer, have a legal responsibility to provide safe working environments, a responsibility that is all the more heightened in the already danger-rich setting of the construction site. Once retained, our Chicago construction accident lawyers can promptly conduct an investigation to pinpoint the negligent working conditions that may have inflicted harm on a client.
Perhaps most importantly, GWC knows how to properly identify and pursue all of the parties who may be at fault. This is crucial for any successful personal injury claim because failure to do so in the time allotted by law can forever bar plaintiffs from being fully and fairly compensated for their injuries. This process can be especially difficult in construction accidents because of the sheer number of parties that may be involved.
Large construction projects necessarily involve many entities, each with its own area and degree of responsibility. In addition to the building or property owner, there is typically a general contractor in charge of the overall project, as well as other contractors handling various aspects of construction, many of whom may in turn employ subcontractors to assist them. These parties all have different duties and obligations, both under the law and as part of their contracts. Our construction accident attorneys in Chicago have the expertise necessary to uncover these duties and obligations – and to determine whether a negligent failure to meet them may have contributed to a client’s injuries.
GWC’s Proud History with Chicago’s Building Trades Unions
But don’t just take our word for it. Over the years, GWC has built a strong relationship with Chicago’s building trades unions and organizations. It has been the cornerstone of the firm’s success, so much so that GWC has often been called “the construction accident law firm.” GWC’s construction accident lawyers in Chicago have proudly represented members of all the major building trades unions, including:
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
- International Union of Elevator Constructors
- International Union of Operating Engineers
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades of the United States and Canada
- Laborers’ International Union of North America
- Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada
- Sheet Metal Workers International Association
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
- United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Attorney Today
These unions often turn to our construction accident lawyers first whenever one of their members is injured because they know GWC gets results. So if you have been seriously injured on a construction site, let GWC prove to you what every leading building trades union in the city already knows – that our construction accident attorneys will not rest until they have done everything in their power to get you the justice you deserve. You’ve already done your part to build a better future for Chicago. Let us do our part to build a better future for you and your family.
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