When you’ve been injured in a construction accident, choosing the right attorney can make all the difference. Not every personal injury attorney has the knowledge, experience, network, and resources required to successfully litigate a serious construction injury case.
The attorneys at Healy Scanlon have extensive experience in construction site injury litigation, but that’s only the beginning. Founding partner, Martin Healy, Jr. and attorney Matthew Gannon operated heavy equipment on construction sites during college and law school, while partners John Scanlon and Jack Cannon worked multiple construction jobs. All our other attorneys come from working class backgrounds and have first-hand knowledge of the risks and challenges construction workers face every day.
Our attorneys know how challenging the aftermath of an injury can be, and how important it is that you have access to proper medical care and the resources necessary to rebuild. We dedicate our legal practice to helping injury victims recover the compensation they deserve and have obtained many multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Some of our construction accident case results include:
If you’ve been injured on a construction site or have lost a loved one to a construction accident, we’re here to help. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced construction injury attorneys by calling 312-977-0100 or filling out the contact form on this site.
We represent clients in a wide range of construction-related and construction site accidents, including:
Construction Site Injuries: Dangerous conditions on a construction site can cause serious injury or even death. Some common examples include unsafe structures, careless maintenance, negligent equipment operation, failure to provide safeguards such as fall protection, and more. In some construction site injury cases, two or more factors combine to cause an accident, meaning there may be more than one responsible party. Under certain circumstances, an injured worker may have both a workers’ compensation claim and a negligence or product liability claim against a third party.
Defective Tools and Equipment: One of the most significant construction site risks is the presence of a variety of heavy equipment and potentially dangerous machinery and tools. Negligent operation of such equipment can cause serious injury or death, but construction equipment may be dangerous even when operated according to instructions. Typically, the manufacturer and/or seller of defective construction equipment, defective machinery, or dangerous tools will be legally responsible for injuries caused by design flaws, faulty materials, or failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions.
Falls from Heights: According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of construction site fatalities, accounting for well over 1/3 of construction worker deaths. Falls occur for many reasons, including defective or poorly maintained roof structures, failure to use appropriate fall protection gear, failure to properly manage hazards such as skylights and open sections in roofing or upper-level flooring, and unsafe ladders and scaffolding. Although hundreds of construction workers are killed in falls each year and thousands of others are injured, many employers continue to neglect fall protection. Fall-related safety violations are among the most commonly cited violations.
Toxic Exposure: Construction workers may suffer short-term or long-term effects from hazardous chemicals and other dangerous substances at construction sites or used in the construction process. While a wide variety of substances may cause damage or occupational disease, some of the most common include lead and asbestos. Asbestos was long used in a wide range of construction materials, and working on a building containing these materials without extensive safety measures can expose workers to asbestos dust. Asbestos exposure can lead to a form of cancer called mesothelioma, which may develop decades after the exposure.
Construction Vehicle Injury: A construction vehicle injury may be much like any other motor vehicle accident, or may be very different. Construction vehicles range from trucks used to transport materials to forklifts, bulldozers, cranes, and other equipment. While some construction vehicle accidents fall entirely within workers’ compensation coverage, many give rise to third-party claims as well. For example, an accident caused by the negligence of an outsider like a delivery person or employee of another contractor may give rise to a personal injury claim. Similarly, an accident caused by a defect in the vehicle may result in a product liability case against the manufacturer or distributor. An experienced construction accident attorney can be the best source of information about the parties who may bear responsibility for a construction vehicle accident.
Trench Collapse: Trench cave-ins and collapses can be fatal. This type of accident is almost entirely preventable with appropriate structures and regular inspection. Yet, dozens of U.S. workers such as construction laborers, plumbers, and pipe fitters are killed in trench-related accidents each year.
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Of course, this is just a sampling of some of the most common types of construction injury cases. If you have been seriously injured in a construction site accident or have lost a loved one, we want to hear from you. A free consultation with one of our experienced construction injury attorneys provides an opportunity to:
Construction site injury cases are often complicated, requiring an extensive collection of evidence and the use of expert witnesses. The sooner you speak with an experienced construction accident lawyer, the better opportunity your lawyer will have to build a strong case on your behalf.
Get started right now: just call 312-977-0100 or fill out the contact form on this site.
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