Elevator Shaft Accidents Statistics Continued…Personal Injury Lawsuits & Illinois Law When you are hurt at work in Illinois and you file a workers’ compensation claim and accept benefits, Illinois law dictates that you won’t be able to sue your employer or another employee for damages. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Workers’ Compensation will be your only avenue of receiving damages for your construction site injuries.
A lawyer in IL can help you determine if a third party might be at least partially responsible for your worksite’s elevator shaft accident accidents. Statistics reveal that third parties might include:
- Contractors, other than your employer, who use unsafe equipment, unsafe working practices or create unsafe working conditions;
- A general contractor who neglected to make sure that subcontractors were keeping working conditions safe;
- Manufacturers who have created defective or unsafe products, such as faulty elevator cables or safety equipment;
- Manufacturers who have produced equipment that has design defects;
- Manufacturers who neglected to test elevators for defects before introducing the elevators to the market;
- Manufacturers who neglected to warn of any hazards that may occur with relation to the company’s elevators; and
- Maintenance companies that have not properly maintained equipment related to elevator construction or repairs.
Elevator Shaft Accidents & Illinois Law
Every state has statute of limitation laws. A statute of limitations dictates the time you have to file a lawsuit for your injuries. After the statute of limitations expires, you won’t be able to collect damages from the party(ies) at fault.
In Illinois, you typically have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you lost a loved one, you have 2 years from the date your family member passed away to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Product liability in Illinois is generally 2 years from the date of the accident.
When to Hire a Lawyer in IL
By hiring a lawyer in IL soon after your accident or your loved one’s death, you give your case a better chance for success. This is because you reduce the likelihood that valuable evidence will be lost or destroyed as time goes on and you give your attorney ample time to prepare your case.
The Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. have tried many elevator shaft accident cases like yours and know the best ways to handle your worksite injuries case. For a free evaluation, contact us today – 312-263-1080.