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Construction work poses many dangers. In fact, construction work produced the second-highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

  • $3.75 Million – Wrongful death
  • $4.5 Million – Personal Injury
  • 1.2 Million Verdict; Largest reported in Pope County - (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014 Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of...

    1.2 Million Verdict; Largest reported in Pope County

    (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014

    Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., of Chicago, IL and Mark D. Prince of the Prince Law Firm of Marion obtained a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of the family of 13-year-old Brett McDaniel, who was hit and killed by an ambulance while riding his bicycle. The verdict of $2 million was reduced by a 40% contributory negligence. The trial began on June 17, 2014 at the Pope County Courthouse in Golconda, IL and the verdict was approved by the Honorable Judge Joseph M. Leberman on June 27. The verdict is believed to be a Pope County record for an injury or death case.

    On October 8, 2007, Brett McDaniel was riding his bicycle with a friend on Rosalie Street in Golconda, a block from his home , when he was hit and ran over by a Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance traveling south on Adams Street in Golconda, IL. The plaintiff alleged the ambulance was going over the speed limit and failed to exercise care to avoid colliding with a person riding a bicycle.

    The ambulance was returning to Kentucky after transporting a patient to Hardin County Hospital when the accident occurred. It did not have its lights or sirens on and was speeding. Brett was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries from the collision.

    “The jury’s verdict demonstrates the substantial loss that Brett’s mother, father, and two brothers went through,” said Patrick Salvi II. “No amount of money will bring Brett back. But the verdict demonstrates just how substantial the family’s loss was, and it sets the record straight on what happened that day. When children are around, drivers need to slow down and be careful.”

    [CALVIN MCDANIEL, as Administrator of the Estate of BRETT MCDANIEL, Deceased, Plaintiff, v. MERCY REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SYSTEM, L.L.C., a Kentucky Limited Liability Company; and JAMES RATTA, Individually, Defendants. Case No. 08 L3]
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Our Chicago construction accident lawyers represent victims of construction accidents.

Construction workers face a higher risk of injury or death than workers in other professions. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports, one in five worker fatalities occur in the construction industry. Many of these injuries can be traced to violations of state and federal safety regulations that are designed to protect workers.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We can investigate your case and determine the options available to you for seeking a recovery of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Simply call or contact us online today to get started with a free consultation.

Construction Accident Facts

20.3% of worker fatalities in private industry in 2013 occurred in construction, or a total of 796 deaths. The four leading causes of construction worker fatalities were:
Construction Accident Facts
In Illinois, 12% of all fatal work-related injuries and 2% of non-fatal work-related injuries in Illinois occurred in the construction industry.

Types of Construction Accidents

Our law firm represents injured victims and families who have lost a loved one in all types of construction accidents, including but not limited to:

  • FallsOSHA states that 37 percent of construction accident fatalities involve falls. Types of falls include falls from elevations, ladder falls, scaffolding falls, and falls associated with contact with equipment or machinery such as cranes or forklifts.
  • Struck by Object – Construction workers can suffer permanent or fatal injuries when struck by falling tools, loads being moved into the area, falling materials and similar incidents.
  • Electrocutions – Contact with high voltage is one of the most common causes of death in the construction industry. OSHA states that 8.9 percent of all worker deaths result from an electrical accident.
  • Crush InjuriesAccidents described by OSHA as “caught-in/between” are usually crush accidents. OSHA states that 2.6 percent of all worker deaths are associated with this type of accident, which can include being crushed by machinery or hit by heavy falling objects, tools or equipment.
  • Forklift AccidentsUntrained and unlicensed forklift operators put all other construction workers in the area at risk. This equipment is also prone to rollovers. Even fully trained and experienced forklift operators can suffer serious or fatal injuries in a rollover.
  • Highway Construction AccidentsConstruction workers who are involved in building or improving streets, highways and roads are at extreme risk of injury. Not only must they deal with passing traffic and the uncertain behavior of drivers, their own equipment operators may create situations of extreme danger.
  • Toxic Chemical ExposureThere are a number of toxic substances used in the construction industry, including paints, solvents and sealants as well as a range of other toxic substances that put workers at risk. Any worker should be protected from exposure with mandated safety gear such as masks and respirators.

Injured on the Job? Contact an Illinois Construction Accident Attorney

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is prepared to move forward at once to protect your right to full compensation after a serious construction accident. We pursue damages from every possible source for our clients. We also represent families who have lost a loved one in a construction accident. Call or contact us online today for more information.

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