Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer

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The construction industry can present a variety of dangerous working conditions. Far too many catastrophic injuries and fatalities happen every year. Because of the severity of the injuries, victims often lose weeks or months from work and may be permanently disabled. Insurance companies may be slow to pay—or quick to deny payment—for your construction site injuries. 

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Why Work With The Jasmer Law Firm?

Why Work With The Jasmer Law Firm?

At The Jasmer Law Firm in Chicago, we help clients who were injured while on a road or building construction site. Our Chicago construction accident attorneys help resolve any time of workplace injury, from falls and vehicle accidents to explosions and electrocutions. 

Our principal lawyer, David Jasmer, has built a remarkable record of verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients. Having handled these types of cases since 1996, he is committed to helping you secure the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and other losses and damages.

The Jasmer Law Firm offers:

  • Free initial consultations 
  • Availability for evening and weekend appointments and 
  • Visits to your hospital or home if needed 

We handle all construction site accident cases on a contingency fee basis and are conveniently located in downtown Chicago across from City Hall and the Daley Center Courthouse. We don't collect attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.

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Examples of Construction Site Accidents

Our law firm represents construction workers, ironworkers, electricians, plumbers, and other individuals who were injured from:

No matter the cause of your injuries, we can answer your questions about construction accidents and help you pursue compensation for your injuries. We assist with both third-party personal injury claims, and we can help you get the compensation you need through workers' compensation.


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How to Begin Your Construction Accident Claim

How to Begin Your Construction Accident Claim

Your construction site accident case has three main elements:

  1. Proving your injuries. Construction accidents can cause brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and multiple fractures. Moreover, construction workers are not the only victims; passersby or motorists driving in highway construction zones are equally vulnerable. Skyscrapers can be especially dangerous. 
  2. Proving liability. Construction accidents can occur because of negligence by contractors or subcontractors. They can happen because of defective machinery and equipment. Workers can be injured because they were not issued proper safety equipment. 
  3. Understanding the details. This is where working with an experienced construction accident lawyer is critical. Numerous factors can lead to construction accidents; our law firm consults with engineers, safety experts, and other professionals to better understand how the accident occurred—and who was responsible. We also work with medical specialists who can describe the impact of the accident on our client's life, work, and family. 
Common Construction Accidents

More than one in three injured construction workers suffered falls. Most commercial construction sites require the use of ladders and frequently have elevated, unguarded platforms. This poses a fall hazard for even the most cautious worker; a supervisor or foreman’s failure to maintain requisite safety measures can result in a fall injury. 

From falling demolition debris to precariously placed 2x4s and I-beams, many types of building materials may fall and strike someone at a construction site. Hard hats, eye protection, and other safety equipment should be used to prevent “struck by” injuries, which can cause brain injury, paralysis and even death.

Electrocution is considered one of OSHA's four major construction hazards, and failing to maintain electrical safety standards exposes construction crews to this grave risk. All electrical circuitry—internal wiring, ​​overhead electrical, inside and outside lighting—must be installed by a licensed electrician. Electrocution injuries can cause pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and movement difficulty, as well as electrical burns.

Backhoes, loaders, bulldozers, trenchers, pile drivers, compactors: any type of large machinery can pose an even larger risk to construction crew members. Construction companies must train operators to prevent user error, and maintain all machinery to prevent product malfunctions. Poorly marked sites, uneven flooring, and maintenance issues can all contribute to a machinery accident.

Construction sites are common places to see a wide variety of explosive materials. From natural gas to propane and oil, flammable material must be treated with the utmost caution. Without adhering to appropriate safety standards,  to maintain appropriate safety standards around dangerous goods can mean chemical burns, eye injuries, or worse. 

Slip-and-fall injuries are not limited to construction sites; many premises liability cases stem from uneven floors, unmarked stairs, poor lighting, and other hazards that may be present in the building. On construction sites, slip-and-fall accidents may be the result of wet floors, floor castors for moving heavy material, or stairwells that are not up to code. Slip-and-fall injuries can cause broken bones, back injuries, and more.

Building collapses can be profoundly devastating. In one of the most extreme types of construction accident injury, a building can collapse accidentally, or prematurely if demolition has been improperly executed. When a building collapses, both the property owner and the construction company may be found liable. 

Many people don’t realize that the air quality in many construction sites can be just as dangerous as any piece of heavy machinery or exposed wire. Anyone exposed to particulate matter, even for a short time, can develop a number of respiratory conditions as a result. Formaldehyde, mold, dust, silica, as well as any dangerous chemicals used in the production or treatment of building materials, can pose a risk.

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur after an impact or violent jostling to the head. TBIs resulting from construction site accidents are often concurrent with other types of construction accident injury, including motor vehicle injuries, “struck by object” injuries, or falls. Because of the complicated nature of these cases, an experienced Chicago traumatic brain injury attorney should always represent your case.

Cranes can be used on construction sites to hoist heavy materials up several stories. Cranes have a high fulcrum and wide moment arm, and all too often, some element of poor visibility for the user. Injuries may result if the crane operator cannot see how their crane load is oriented, or if the wind or inclement weather causes the load to swing. Operator error, poor training, and crane machinery malfunctions can all increase the risk of a serious accident.

Forklifts are among the most common types of machinery on construction sites; they are relatively light and mobile but have high load capacity. Forklift operation requires extensive training and healthy vigilance for one’s forklift load, surroundings, and blind spots. Not all forklift accidents can be avoided through user caution, however; poor training, defective machinery, and improperly marked weight call all result in this type of construction workplace injury.

Construction sites may require the digging of trenches for plumbing, foundation setting, underground wiring or similar. OSHA requires employers to provide ladders, steps, ramps, or other safe means of egress for workers working in trench excavations 4 feet (1.22 meters) or deeper. Trench accidents occur when workers get trapped while working in trenches or are struck by falling objects while working below ground level.

If you are interested in setting up a time to meet with attorney David Jasmer in our downtown Chicago office, please get in touch We don't collect attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.