Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction jobs in Chicago and all across Illinois can be dangerous. From heavy machinery malfunctions and falling objects to trench and scaffold collapses, the job site can easily become the scene of catastrophic accidents that lead to severe or fatal injuries. Construction workers must understand their rights in case of a construction site accident, including how to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.

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Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

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If you were injured at a construction site, Meirowitz & Wasserberg has a skilled legal team with over 20 years of experience helping injury victims get the justice and compensation they deserve. Our Chicago construction accident lawyers are ready to fight for your rights and interests. We will push for workers’ compensation and any other benefits you may be entitled to.

How Can the Construction Accident Attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg Help?

Founded in February 2011, our personal injury law firm is a champion for construction workers harmed on the job. Our knowledgeable Chicago personal injury lawyers have recovered over $360 million for victims of accidents, including motor vehicle crashes, asbestos exposure incidents, and workplace accidents. Whether you file a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party injury lawsuit, you can count on our construction accident attorneys to guide you through the legal process.

When workers in Chicago, New York, Fort Lauderdale, and other cities in the United States sustain injuries in construction site accidents, they turn to our attorneys for high-quality legal counsel and representation. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win your case. Some of the case results our top-rated attorneys have secured include a:

  • $675,000 settlement for a client who sustained injuries after her airbag failed to deploy.
  • $550,000 settlement for a severed fingertip caused by a beach chair.
  • $235,000 settlement for a jaw fracture.
  • $200,000 settlement for a client who sustained a hip fracture.

Our Chicago construction injury lawyers offer personalized attention and support to workers and their families. Learn more by exploring our client testimonials

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Our Chicago Construction Accident Attorneys

When working through Chicago’s legal system, you need a lawyer who has handled similar cases to yours before and has extensive trial experience. By partnering with our respected personal injury attorneys, you will raise your chances of securing full and fair compensation. Our attorneys will provide personalized representation as we help you understand your legal options and how the decisions you make can affect your future. Our relationship with you will always be our top priority.

Members of our Chicago legal team include:

Joe Trunk

Joe Trunk

Joseph Trunk is an experienced attorney specializing in toxic torts, premises liability, product liability, and personal injury cases. He boasts significant written and oral pretrial discovery knowledge and extensive courtroom experience. Reflecting his dedication to serving the community, Joe volunteers with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, representing clients pro bono in probate and family law matters.

Nathaniel Wallace

Nathaniel Wallace

Guided by empathy, Nathaniel J. Wallace joined our Chicago law firm in 2023 and has been both a client and attorney in cancer-related suits. Nate specializes in personal injury, mass torts, and premises liability cases and represents clients nationwide. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Nate has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2020–2023.

Do I Have a Chicago Construction Accident Case?

In Chicago, construction workers injured while performing their duties are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of fault. Though workers may be disqualified if their injuries were caused by things like intentional misconduct or intoxication, most employee victims of construction accidents at work have a viable workers’ compensation case.

Still, to determine whether you have a case, there are some questions you need to answer. It’s best to consult a Chicago construction accident lawyer who can advise you based on the individual circumstances of your case. Here are some critical questions when determining whether you have a case:

  • Were you on the clock at the time of the accident?
  • Are you a contractor or an employee?
  • Where and when did the construction accident happen?
  • What injuries did you sustain?
  • How did you sustain your injuries?
  • Was anyone at fault for the accident?
  • Did you notify your employer within 45 days?
  • Did your employer violate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards for construction sites?
  • Could the accident have been prevented?
  • Was any third party negligent?

Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can help you answer these questions and explain your workers’ compensation rights, your employer’s responsibilities, and all available legal remedies.

How Long Do I Have To File a Construction Accident Claim in Chicago?

If you were injured in a construction accident in Chicago, you must notify your supervisor or employer as soon as possible and no later than 45 days after the incident. In some instances, such as if you suffered radiation exposure, you may have an extended notice period. Failure to promptly notify your employer could result in a denial of workers’ compensation benefits.

In Illinois, you generally have three years from the date of the construction accident to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This window gives you enough time to identify all the accident-related damages associated with your injury and negotiate a settlement.

Suppose you instead file a personal injury claim against a third party, such as a contractor, subcontractor, property owner, or materials supplier. In this case, you normally have two years from the accident date to file a claim under the Illinois statute of limitations.

If you fail to file your Chicago workers’ compensation claim or personal injury suit before the applicable deadlines, you risk losing your right to compensation benefits.

What Compensation Is Available in a Chicago Construction Accident Case?

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act explains the benefits workers injured in the course of their employment may be eligible to receive, which include:

  • Medical care reasonably required to treat the worker’s injuries.
  • Temporary total disability benefits for time away from work due to the injuries.
  • Temporary partial disability benefits for workers recovering from construction injuries who can perform light duties for less compensation.
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits for injured workers who are enrolled in an approved vocational rehabilitation program.
  • Permanent partial disability benefits for employees who suffer from some form of permanent disfigurement or disability but still can work.
  • Permanent total disability benefits for workers who can no longer work in the construction industry.

In the event of a wrongful death at a construction site in Chicago, the worker’s surviving family members may pursue death benefits to cover the financial losses brought about by their loved one’s passing. Compensation may also be available if a worker succumbs to injuries days or weeks after the accident.

Further, the personal representative may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for the decedent’s passing. Wrongful death damages may include funeral costs and lost wages, as well as loss of companionship, comfort, mentorship, and guidance.

Contact Meirowitz & Wasserberg Today for Legal Advice and Representation

Are you a victim of a construction accident in Chicago? Have you suffered severe injuries that prevent you from going back to work? If so, you may recover compensation for your injuries and losses by filing a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit.

The talented team at our Chicago law office specializes in personal injuries, including those sustained in construction site accidents. We proudly defend the rights of construction accident victims in Chicago and are prepared to navigate the complex legal claims processes on your behalf. Our attorneys have the experience, commitment, and knowledge needed to handle your case.

Call (844) 446-9529 or contact us online to learn about your legal rights and options with our Chicago construction accident lawyers. We offer free consultations, and you pay nothing unless we win your case. 


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