Whether you work at a construction site or in an office, an on-the-job injury can seriously affect your ability to earn a living and provide for your family. Although you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, these benefits are limited in what they cover ─ medical expenses and only a portion of lost income.
However, depending on the circumstances of your workplace accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a personal injury claim. At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., our Chicago work injury lawyers can review your case for free and explain your rights beyond workers’ compensation benefits.
Schedule a free consultation now to speak with a work injury attorney about your situation.
When You Deserve More Than Workers’ Comp
Although workers’ compensation is available to help injured employees, these claims do not provide for all the losses injured workers sustain due to an injury on the job. When someone other than your employer is responsible for an accident that leaves you injured, you may be entitled to seek additional damages through a personal injury claim, also known as a third-party claim.
Examples of situations where a worker may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit include:
- If defective equipment or a defective tool causes an accident that results in injury, you could file a third-party personal injury claim against the manufacturer.
- If you are driving for work and are hit by a negligent driver, you could file a claim against the driver’s insurance company.
- If you are working on a construction site, and someone other than your employer or fellow employees causes an accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Third parties may include other subcontractors on the site.
A personal injury claim and workers’ compensation claim may be filed in conjunction with each other. Talk to our knowledgeable workplace injury attorneys now to learn about your legal rights in a free consultation.
Compensation in a Construction Accident Injury Lawsuit
With so many trades and companies working together on a construction site, there are many times when workers are hurt in accidents caused by a third party. This is why you need an experienced work injury lawyer who can investigate your accident and determine all potentially liable parties. Our attorneys work to maximize compensation for our clients to give them the best possible chance at recovery.
When filing a personal injury lawsuit due to a construction site accident, our team may demand compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or disfigurement
These are just some of the most common types of compensation available in construction accident lawsuits. After reviewing the details of your case, an attorney from our firm can advise on what fair compensation should be in your claim.
Common Types of Workplace Injuries
Although a person may sustain just about any type of injury on the job, there are some workplace injuries that are more common than others. These include:
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision problems and hearing loss
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Foot injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic amputation
Our experienced Chicago work injury lawyers have handled a broad range of cases involving all types of accidents on the job. We know the impact that these injuries can have on workers and their families. That’s why we fight for the maximum compensation possible.
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
The steps you take after a workplace injury are crucial to any workers’ compensation claim or third-party personal injury claim you file. As soon as possible after an accident at work, you should:
- Tell your employer: You should tell your employer right away about the accident. It is always advised to tell your employer in writing. Within your statement, include basic information about what happened, such as the time and place your accident occurred, how it happened, and who was involved.
- See a doctor: Get medical treatment immediately for your injury. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions and attend all follow-up appointments. Save all medical records, receipts, and invoices related to your treatment.
- Save any evidence: If you or someone else took photos at the scene, save these. Also, keep a note of anyone who witnessed the accident and their contact information.
- Contact an attorney: The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner your lawyer can begin preserving evidence in your case. Your attorney will conduct an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened and to establish who was at fault for your injuries. Your lawyer will also manage all communication with the at-fault party and insurance companies to ensure your rights are protected.
If you are ready to learn more about your legal rights, please contact our Chicago workplace injury lawyers now.
How Can a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Help?
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it is extremely important that you speak to a Chicago work injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., our skilled legal team will work quickly to determine whether you are entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. Then, we will walk you through every step of the process and explain what to expect as we move forward.
Don’t let your employer or an insurance company tell you what to do after a workplace accident. Contact us now to schedule your free consultation so we can advise you of your legal options. There is no charge for us to begin work on your case, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.