Chicago Construction Injury Attorneys
Illinois Construction Accident Lawyers
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd. we have obtained what was the largest jury verdict in Illinois history for an individual in a construction accident. This record demonstrates our commitment to construction accident litigation. We have secured countless construction injury verdicts.
Two of our lead trial attorneys, Jay Luchsinger and Michael Carter have extensive backgrounds in construction. Jay is a third generation ironworker out of Local 1 and Michael is from the Local 157 Pipe Fitters. It is difficult for any witness or expert to speak over the head of these Chicago injury attorneys because they worked in the field for years and know it like we know how to drive a car.
After securing what was the largest verdict in Illinois history for an individual in a construction accident, the American Association of Justice branded Clifford Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, and Michael Carter as, “masters in the profession.” The complaint, judgment, transcripts of the opening statement and closing argument will be published in their annual, Top Verdict Litigation publication, providing insights into trial strategies and techniques, successful methods to prove damages, and the opportunity to learn from this team of experts in their field.
What is a Construction Injury in Illinois?
The problem with construction injuries is not that the hazards and risks are unknown, it is more so that the general contractors rush the work and do not attempt to control them in a reasonable manner. The leading safety hazards on a job-site are:
- Falls from an elevated height
- Falls from ladders, scaffolds, or temporary platforms
- Excavation accidents
- Machine accidents
- Falling debris and objects
- Asbestos and solvents
- Manual handling activities
- Trips and falls on debris laden construction sites
Falls from elevated heights are the leading cause of injury in the construction industry. Fall protection is needed when a worker is working at any height, but especially at heights of 6 ft. or greater, according to OSHA. However, OSHA is a minimum standard and we will argue that a reasonable general contractor should work to exceed OSHA’s minimum standards.
When injured on a construction site, the worker has an Illinois workers’ compensation claim. In some cases, the employer has no insurance. In this scenario, Illinois permits the prosecution of the company that hired the uninsured employer, thus allowing the workers’ compensation claim to move forward. We have seen numerous lawyers who do not know this rule and fail to act on it, letting the injured worker go uncompensated.
With any construction injury, one must always evaluate if there is a “third-party” involved.
Severe injuries to construction workers are devastating. Since construction work is usually heavy duty and there is frequently no light or moderate duty work available, a serious injury can mean a loss of a career. Tradesmen are usually well paid and excellent benefits; therefore, it is almost impossible for the injured worker to find a comparable job.
In Illinois, we have laws that recognize the hard work and sweat that the construction worker puts into his job. Jurors recognize it also. Hence, if we can demonstrate the injury was partially caused by someone other than your employer, we can frequently obtain full and substantial compensation for the injury against someone other than the employer, usually the general contractor, but sometimes another contractor, manufacturer or architect.
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates invites you for a free telephone or in person consultation with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your injury and any questions you may have. You can also email us or even speak with us right now on LiveChat, located in the lower right corner of the screen. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our Success Record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll free number at (800)-985-1819.