A construction site is a dangerous place to work. In fact, it is dangerous even for those who are just visiting the site. On an average worksite, there are likely to be dozens of vehicles, numerous machines, and countless tons of building materials. Additionally, the workforce on such a site will probably include workers from a variety of subcontracting companies. With so much going on in one place, it is frighteningly easy for a split-second of inattention or carelessness to result in serious injury or death.
Thousands of workers, contractors, and visitors are injured in and around construction sites every year across the country. At Fotopoulos Law Office, we understand the seriousness of construction accidents, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.Negligence in Construction-Related Accidents
In addition to the chaotic nature of a construction site, there are many other risk factors to consider. Many construction projects include possible exposure to harmful substances, electricity, and falls from heights. While entities like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintain regulations designed to reduce risks and prevent injuries, it is not uncommon for workers and construction companies to bend or break the rules to save time and money.
At Fotopoulos Law Office, we have over 18 years of experience advocating for our clients in both negotiations and in court. We help victims who have been injured as the result of:
- Poor training or being required to work with unfamiliar equipment
- Working without proper safety equipment or protective gear
- Poorly maintained machines or equipment
- Failure to enforce lock-out/tag-out protocols
- Scaffolding accidents
- Accidents involving cranes, forklifts, and other machines
- Improperly secured loads
- Failure to enforce fall-prevention procedures
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Inadequate warnings regarding worksite dangers
If your injuries were caused by negligence on the part of a supervisor, foreman, contractor, or another worker, that individual could be held financially responsible. Determining who caused your injuries, however, can be difficult, and our seasoned attorney is equipped to help. We will conduct a full review of your accident and help you build a case designed to obtain maximum compensation.Protecting Victims’ Rights in Mokena and Homer Glen
Employees who are injured at work are usually eligible for benefits under the Illinois workers’ compensation system. Many construction workers, however, are considered to be independent contractors instead of employees. In some situations, such a classification is an attempt by the company to avoid workers compensation claims in the event of an accident. Attorney John S. Fotopoulos will work with you to determine whether you should be considered an employee or an independent contractor. If you are an employee, we will assist in filing your workers’ compensation claim. If not, we will help you explore filing a claim against the negligent party who caused your accident. You may even be able to do both, and we will explain your available options.Get the Help You Need Today
To learn more about our firm and how we can help you following a construction accident, contact our office. Call 708-942-8400 for a free consultation and case evaluation today. There are no fees unless you collect compensation. We serve construction accident victims and their families in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Joliet, Mokena, Oak Forest, Cook County, and Will County.