2 Injured in Scaffolding Accident in Chicago
Construction accidents can occur in a variety of ways. Heights, heavy equipment, power tools and electricity can all contribute to serious accidents. Many cause serious injuries.
Two construction workers were injured when scaffolding collapsed on a job site in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. The accident occurred on the morning of October 25 at 4101 W. 95th Street, where there is construction work going on for a new retail development. A Kmart was formerly at the site. One worker became trapped when the scaffolding fell on him. Another worker tried to rescue the person, and he got injured as well.
Emergency crews arrived at the accident scene and both workers were free. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
The area where the scaffolding collapsed was blocked off. The construction company in charge, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), are investigating the accident.
Scaffolding is often used in the construction industry, especially when heights are involved. It is a temporary structure placed outside of a building. It is typically made of wooden and metal and it is used by construction workers to build, paint or clean a structure.
More than 2 million Americans work on scaffolds. When used properly, scaffolds can come in handy. They not only allow workers to reach high places, but they also provide a stable working platform as well as temporary storage for materials and tools. Scaffold incidents cause many serious accidents. Every year, they cause approximately 4,500 injuries and more than 60 fatalities. Nearly three-quarters of scaffold accidents are caused by faulty planking or support, the worker slipping on the scaffold or the worker getting hit by a falling object.
A construction worker who is injured in the workplace has the legal right to receive workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of liability. Even if the accident was caused by the employee’s negligence, he or she still has the right to receive compensation.
However, if the employee opts for workers’ compensation benefits, then they lose out on their right to sue their employer for negligence. In severe cases involving disability, amputation, paralysis, brain injury or some other long-term or permanent injury, it may be more beneficial to file a lawsuit against the employer. This is because workers’ compensation benefits pay a limited amount of money, whereas a lawsuit against the employer can potentially result in millions of dollars, depending on the severity of the injury.
In a construction accident, more than one entity can be held liable. The responsible parties may include general contractors, owners of construction companies, site managers, safety inspectors, architects, insurance companies and manufacturers of tools and equipment. Contact a lawyer to learn about your options for obtaining compensation.
Contact a Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer Today
The two victims in this incident were lucky, as construction accidents often cause serious injuries and even death.
If you were injured in a construction accident, the Chicago construction accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD can help you obtain compensation. Multiple parties can be held liable in a construction accident. Schedule a consultation by calling 312-800-0000 or filling out the online request form.