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Chicago Crane Accident Attorneys
Helping Construction Workers & Their Families Seek Just Compensation
For any construction site that achieves any height, a crane is likely to be an essential tool for raising materials and tools to the levels where work needs to be done. There are different types of cranes such as mobile cranes, tower cranes, and floating cranes that are useful in different situations. Each type of crane poses risks for both the operator and those nearby including workers and passersby.
At Trapp & Geller, our Chicago crane accident attorneys have a great deal of experience representing injured construction workers. Cranes are often the largest and most dangerous structures on a construction site. If they are not properly maintained or are built with faulty materials, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic, life-threatening, or even fatal. Our firm has the experience, technical knowledge, and experience necessary to properly investigate your accident and provide you with an honest assessment of the challenges you might face through litigation.
How Common Are Construction Site Accidents?
Construction work has one of the highest rates of workplace accidents. More than 4700 construction workers were killed on the job in 2020. However, construction work is not only linked to employment fatalities, it also can result in severe accidents that can leave the worker disabled or with limited work prospects. Trapp & Geller is a leading construction accident law firm serving Chicago and surrounding suburbs. We prepared this guide to help injury victims and their families understand their rights.
Common Types of Construction Site Accidents
Trapp & Geller’s Construction site accident lawyers have worked in cases involving:
- Construction site explosions and burns
- Crane accidents
- Electrical injuries
- Forklift accidents
- Lift and ladder accidents
- Scaffold collapses
- Falls from heights (ladder, scaffold, trench, skylight, etc.)
- Trench collapses
If injured in a worksite related accident it is important for workers to seek legal counsel immediately. With possible long-term medical complications, risk of disablement, and difficulty finding work, it is important to get a settlement that will not only get a worker through their injuries but protect them in the future as well.
Is Your Employer Liable for Your Construction Injury?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), your employer is responsible for providing a safe workplace. Unfortunately, many times contractors and subcontractors perform unsafe work activities to get jobs done quickly and as cheap as possible. As a result, over 10,000 workers are injured or killed daily. Our construction accident lawyers can help you pursue all available sources of compensation, including workers’ compensation law and third-party personal injury claims.
Questions to Ask If You’ve Been Injured in a Construction Site Accident
We can help you find answers—and solutions—to the following questions and more:
- Could this injury have been prevented?
- Was my accident due to negligent behavior or faulty equipment?
- Was my work site OHSA compliant? (see OSHA Employer Responsibilities)
- Who is responsible for my medical bills?
- What future expenses might I encounter?
- Will disability be able to cover my expenses alone?
Contact Our Chicago Construction Site Lawyers
Trapp & Geller is the construction site law firm in Chicago. Talk with our team today during a free consultation and we can help to secure the compensation you deserve.
How Crane Accidents Are Caused by Negligence
Chicago is not called the Windy City for no reason. Many crane accidents occur each year due to sudden, violently changing weather conditions.
However, weather conditions are not the only reason for crane accidents. In fact, many of these accidents are the direct or indirect result of negligence. The equipment or the crane itself might be poorly designed or defective. The operator may have lacked proper supervision. Safety regulations may not have been followed.
Crane accidents can occur for several reasons, including:
- Improper or defective safety equipment
- Failure to monitor weather conditions
- Negligent supervisors
- Faulty construction
- Defective materials
- Generally unsafe working conditions
Third-Party Claims & Workers’ Compensation
It is possible that your accident might lead to a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party liability claim. It is necessary to consult with a skilled attorney who can examine your situation and explore every legal avenue possible to help you recover the full, fair compensation you are owed. While financial compensation cannot undo the pain and suffering you have been through, it can help you obtain the necessary medical treatment you need and ease the stress of lost income, physical pain, and emotional distress.
Our firm is committed to helping those who have been injured in a crane accident which may have been caused by third parties such as a subcontractor or some other party, as well as helping those who are pursuing workers’ compensation claims. If you are unsure which party or parties should be held responsible for your injuries, an attorney can help you determine options for obtaining just compensation.
Why Choose Trapp & Geller?
We Win. We Guide. We Produce.
More than 25 Years of Experience
Trapp & Geller has a passion for protecting the rights of the injured. We have the skill, experience, and knowledge to provide you with the highest legal advocacy. We will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve.
Customized Legal Strategies
Each of our attorneys is in it to win your case as much of you are and take pride in getting the best possible result. With that, your dedicated attorney is always available and will even text you regarding your goals and case.
Responsive & Informative
Our attorneys work with you one-on-one and make sure that, at every step of the process, you are fully aware of your case. We are fighting for your rights and always make sure that we are doing what is best for you.
Over $400 Million Recovered
The attorneys at Trapp & Geller have the experience and knowledge to not only win, but to win BIG. When you entrust our team with your case, you can rest assured that we will fight for the maximum amount of compensation.