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Let Our Construction Accident Attorneys Guide You on the Path to Recovery

If you or a loved one suffered injuries on a construction site, a Chicago construction accident lawyer with Strom Yen Injury Attorneys can help you recover. We navigate the legal process to ensure injured workers like you receive compensation from the negligent parties who caused you harm. Our construction accident lawyers will help you sort through your legal options, moving forward with a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit to make sure your medical expenses get paid, your lost income is replaced, and you are compensated for the pain, suffering, and other losses you have endured. Representing injured victims in Chicago since 1977, our law firm has recovered millions on behalf of our clients.

Do You need to file a construction accident lawsuit? Let Strom Yen Injury Attorneys help you recover. Contact our construction accident attorneys online or call (312) 609-0400 to schedule a free consultation.

Your Legal Options After a Construction Accident

Your path to financial recovery after a construction accident may include various twists and turns that can be difficult to navigate. If multiple parties played a role in causing your injury, for instance, a Chicago construction accident lawyer may be able to help you file various types of claims and/or lawsuits. Construction accident cases may involve:

Workers’ Compensation Claim

In most cases, workers'compensation law in Illinois prohibits construction workers from suing their employers directly for workplace injuries that happen on a construction site. However, if you were working on the job site when your construction accident occurred, our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys can help you recover money for your medical bills, lost wages, and disability by pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

Construction workers' aren't the only ones who get injured on a construction site. Sometimes, construction accidents injure passersby as well. If you were not a worker on the construction site when your construction accident happened, the construction company or property owner may still be liable for your injuries. Our personal injury lawyers can help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Third-Party Injury Lawsuit

If a negligent third party who was not your employer, such as an equipment manufacturer, subcontractor, or motor vehicle driver, contributed to your construction accident, a Chicago construction accident attorney can help you file a third-party injury lawsuit to recover for your economic and non-economic losses.

What Causes Construction Accidents in Chicago?

The construction industry is among the most dangerous occupations in Chicago and throughout the nation. Every year, roughly one in ten construction workers are seriously injured in construction site accidents. Approximately 20% of work-related fatalities in the United States happen in the construction industry.

Construction accident statistics point to a variety of workplace hazards and serious safety issues on construction sites. Our construction accident attorneys believe that the first step in reducing the number of construction injuries and deaths that occur is to identify the risks. Only when job site hazards are recognized and safety measures are implemented, can we be effective in keeping construction workers safe.

According to the Occupational Health and safety Administration (OSHA), the Fatal Four hazards are responsible for approximately 60% of construction worker Deaths.

What Are OSHA’s Fatal Four in Construction?

Fall Accidents

Thousands of construction workers suffer serious injuries in job site falls every year. Nationwide, falls are responsible for over 39% of workplace fatalities. Unprotected holes, rooftop worker falls, improperly constructed scaffolding, dangerous walkways, unsafe ladders, and missing or malfunctioning fall protection are common culprits in fall accidents in the construction industry


Electrocutions account for approximately 8% of construction accident deaths. Exposed wiring, unprotected outlets, damaged power cords, defective tools, overhead power lines, improper wiring, and missing ground-fault protection are electrical hazards that most often cause electrocution accidents on construction sites. This type of construction accident can result in severe burns, decreased mobility, pain, and death.

Caught Between or Crushed by Objects

Approximately 8% of construction worker deaths are caused when a worker is caught, crushed, compressed, pinched, or squeezed in-between two or more objects. This kind of construction accident is common when heavy machinery pins a worker against a wall, a worker gets caught in the rotating or moving equipment parts of an unguarded machine, a trench caves in, or a structure collapses.

Struck-By Accidents

Struck-by accidents cause approximately 8% of construction worker deaths. Roughly 75% of these deaths in the construction industry involve heavy equipment such as forklift accidents, and accidents with cranes and large trucks. Struck-by accidents also occur when falling, swinging, rolling, or flying objects collide with a worker. Even when falling tools or debris are not particularly heavy, they can cause construction accident victims to suffer serious injuries or death.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Construction Accident Injuries?

Common Injuries Seen by Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction accidents in Chicago often leave catastrophic, or even deadly, injuries in their wake. Some of the most common injuries a construction accident attorney sees include:

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What Type of Accident Lawyer Do You Need?

In addition to construction accidents, our law firm handles a wide range of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago. We are:

FAQ About Construction Accidents in Chicago

I was injured while working as an independent contractor on a construction site. Who do I sue?

If you were injured on a construction site while working as an independent contractor, and you can show a casual connection between the acts or omissions of someone else and your injury, and the acts or omissions amounted to negligence, you may be able to recover compensation by suing the negligent party. A Chicago construction accident lawyer can review your case to determine whether you have a viable personal injury claim against the negligent party.

Can I file a personal injury lawsuit if I’m collecting workers’ compensation benefits?

Construction accident victims may be eligible to file a personal injury claim and collect additional compensation outside their workers’ compensation benefits if a third party contributed to their construction accidents. Since workers’ compensation only pays a portion of lost wages and doesn’t pay for non-economic damages like pain and suffering, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be the only way to recover compensation for all of your losses.

I was injured by falling debris while walking near a construction site. Who is liable?

Pedestrians who are injured by falling construction site debris may be able to hold the construction company or subcontractor liable for damages. A Chicago construction accident attorney can evaluate your case to determine who you can sue in a construction accident lawsuit.

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