The United States has one of the most complex infrastructures in the world, with thousands of high-rise buildings, over 500 commercial airports, and more roads, highways, bridges, and tunnels than one can count. This infrastructure didn’t arise out of thin air. It is the product of the hardworking men and women of the construction industry. Whether they are carpenters, plumbers, masons, engineers, ironworkers, painters, pipefitters, laborers, tile setters, sheet metal workers, elevator constructors, glaziers, or roofers, construction professionals are essential to the dynamic growth that makes America great.
But even though construction work is so central to modern life, it is unfortunately also one of the country’s most dangerous jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 150,000 construction-related injuries each year and, with approximately twenty percent of workplace fatalities occurring during construction projects, it is the nation’s deadliest industry. Even when these accidents are not fatal, construction workers can fall victim to some of the gravest medical events, including:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Vision Loss
- Hearing Loss
- Severed Spinal Cord
An injury of this magnitude can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating, burdening your family with mounting expenses all at a time when your future ability to earn a living remains in doubt. But, as so many in the Rockford area have already discovered, you do not need to face this crisis alone. For more than forty years, construction workers have turned to GWC Injury Lawyers LLC, where our dedicated Rockford construction accident attorneys have recovered over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients when they most needed it. No other construction accident law firm in Illinois commands more respect, or more fear, from its adversaries, both inside and outside of the courtroom. To schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of GWC’s Rockford construction accident lawyers, call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.
Common Types and Causes of Construction Accidents
There are many types of construction accidents, but more than fifty percent of those resulting in injuries fit into one of the following categories:
- Being Struck by an Object
- Getting Trapped Between Objects
No matter the type of accident, there are certain defects on a construction site that can make serious injuries more likely to occur, including:
- Uncovered Power Sources
- Hazardous Property Conditions
- Lack of Fall Prevention Guards
- Insufficient Protection from Falling Objects
- Faulty Equipment
- Open Trenches
- Unseen Obstacles
The presence of these and other defects on a construction site could be evidence of workplace negligence, which must be demonstrated if a construction injury claim is to be successful. This is where a knowledgable construction accident attorney can make a difference.
Our Rockford Construction Accident Lawyers Make a Difference
Personal injury lawsuits involving construction accidents present unique challenges to attorneys. They demand full comprehension of both the relevant laws and the common practices of the construction industry.
Thankfully, the Rockford construction accident lawyers at GWC have total command of this subject, with a complete grasp of all federal, state, and local workplace regulations, building statutes, and safety codes. Illinois contractors and employers have a legal responsibility to provide safe working conditions, one that is heightened on construction sites, and our construction accident attorneys in Rockford are experts at identifying any failures of compliance that may have injured a client.
Perhaps most importantly, GWC is highly skilled at identifying and pursuing every party who may be at fault for a construction accident. This is crucial in any personal injury claim because failure to do so in the time allotted by law could forever bar a plaintiff from obtaining full compensation, and it is especially difficult in construction accident claims because of the sheer number of parties involved.
By necessity, large construction projects typically require the participation of many entities, all with their own duties and degrees of responsibility. In addition to the building and/or property owner, a general contractor is usually in charge of the project as a whole, and customarily there are also other contractors working on various aspects of construction. Moreover, these contractors often hire subcontractors to assist them in their tasks. These entities have different legal and contractual obligations, and GWC’s construction accident lawyers are second to none in determining whether a breach in these obligations caused material harm to a client.
GWC’s Strong Ties With Rockford Unions
But you don’t have to take us at our word. GWC’s expertise with construction accidents is well known to the major building trades unions and organizations in the Rockford area. Over the years, GWC has built strong ties with these unions, who frequently turn to our Rockford construction accident attorneys first whenever a member is injured. Our bond with trades unions is so strong that GWC is often referred to as “the construction accident law firm.” GWC has represented members of practically every building trades union in the Rockford area, 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 Rockford Construction Accident Lawyer Today
These unions rely on our firm because they have seen firsthand how hard we fight for our clients, and they have honored GWC with many awards and designations. So if you are ever injured on a construction site, let GWC prove to you what the building trades unions already know – that our Rockford construction accident attorneys will stop at nothing to get you the justice you deserve. You’ve helped build a better future for our country. Let GWC build a better future for you and your family.
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