Those who are injured in construction site accidents are typically compensated through Illinois Workers’ Compensation. The Workers’ Compensation Act usually prevents accident victims from suing their employers or any fellow employees who might have caused the accident. Unfortunately, Workers’ Compensation alone may not be enough to help cover your expenses and you may have other legal options for recovering compensation. An experienced Chicago construction accident lawyer can help you determine if a third party is responsible for your accident. You may then be able to file an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.Illinois Construction Accidents & Third PartiesThird parties that might have contributed to your construction site accident could include:
- A subcontractor on the construction site;
- The general contractor (under certain circumstances);
- A manufacturer whose equipment failed as a result of a manufacturing defect; and
- A manufacturer that shipped equipment that failed as a result of a design flaw.
Common Construction Accidents & Filing a LawsuitYou have a limited period of time in which to file lawsuits. This time period is called a statute of limitations. If you and your Chicago construction accident lawyer find that you have grounds for an Illinois personal injury case, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you have determined that a product may have contributed to your construction accident, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a product liability lawsuit. If you have lost a loved one as a result of a construction accident, you have 2 years from the date that your family member passed away to file a wrongful death lawsuit.For more information on common construction site accidents, visit our article library. When to Hire a Chicago Construction Accident LawyerIt’s important to contact a qualified Chicago construction accident lawyer as soon as you are able. Even though Workers’ Compensation is available for victims of construction site accidents, this alone may not be enough to cover all of your expenses. A Chicago construction accident lawyer can help you explore all available avenues of compensation for your injuries. The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have tried many cases like yours and understand the complexities of worksite injury cases. For a free evaluation of your case contact us today – 312-263-1080