Paralysis, traumatic brain injury and loss of a limb are just a few of the major, catastrophic injuries you can suffer in a fall. If you have suffered an injury in a fall, it is vital that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your health is of the utmost importance.
After you seek medical attention, or if you lost a loved on in a construction fall, you should seek advice from an experienced attorney. You want a lawyer on your side who understands construction sites and who can thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident.
At The Jasmer Law Firm, we can help you after a serious construction fall. Attorney David Jasmer has more than 17 years of experience representing clients in the Chicago area who have suffered serious injuries in falls. Our legal team can provide you with the experienced representation and resources you need to secure compensation after a construction accident.
We recently handled a case involving a 54-year-old woman slipping and falling down a flight of stairs. As a result of that accident, she was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic. In that case, within weeks, we secured a $1 million out-of-court settlement for our client, the maximum amount available under the defendant's insurance policy.
What Types of Compensation Am I Entitled to After a Fall?
Any injury from a fall while at work should entitle you to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation benefits are available for any work injury, regardless of who is at fault. This includes compensation to help cover medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages.
If your injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, you may also be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. A third party is someone who is not your employer or a co-worker. For example, the general contractor or subcontractor may be liable for causing the accident or providing an unsafe workplace; the manufacturer of defective scaffolding is a third party who may be liable if that defect led to your injuries. Likewise, many other individuals at a site may be liable, including:
- General contractor
- Building architect
- Plumbing subcontractors
- Electrical subcontractors
In a personal injury action, you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond what you would receive through workers' comp alone. This includes damages for your past and future lost wages, past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of normal life. This could include compensation to help you cover the long-term cost of a permanent disability or lifestyle change such as renovations needed to your home or changes to your vehicle.
Workers' compensation and personal injury claims do overlap. Attorney David Jasmer can help you understand how each type of compensation can help, how they overlap and what this might mean for your case.
Common Causes of Falls on Construction Sites
We help ironworkers, electricians, plumbers, painters, and other individuals who have suffered serious injuries from falls, including falls from scaffolding, ladders and other heights. Some common causes of these types of falls include:
- Defective equipment such as scaffolding
- Slippery surfaces
- Unguarded holes in floors with no rail or toehold
- Unstable structures and improper scaffold construction
- Misuse of ladders
- Lack of safety equipment or procedures
No matter the cause, we can help you understand your claim and pursue compensation from any negligent third parties who are responsible.
Contact an Attorney After a Construction Fall or Accident
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss injuries suffered after falling at a construction site. Contact us online or call us at 312-386-7011 or 866-920-6021 to schedule an appointment. For your convenience, we can meet with you during the evening or on weekends, and we can also come to your hospital room or home if needed. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis.