Construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments throughout the US, and Illinois and Chicago are no exception. Other than transportation and warehouse industries, construction accidents account for the highest number of fatal injuries in Illinois. 17% of fatal accidents occurred at construction sites in Illinois in 2014, up from 16% the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even non-fatal accidents are all-too frequent on construction sites, and result in a number of fairly common injuries.
Head injuries and broken or crushed bones are among the most common injuries that occur at a construction site. The most common type of accident tends to be a fall, often avoidable with the use of proper fall protection. These types of accidents often result in head injuries, which can cause brain damage or fatality. Less severe falls can result in broken bones, especially in the legs or arms, as well as fractured or crushed ribs.
Burns can be quite common on a construction site. Sometimes these are minor injuries that require little attention. In some instances, however, burns can be extremely severe and require medical attention to avoid infection and properly heal the affected area.
Similarly, cuts and lacerations often occur due the use of metal machinery and the presence of jagged surfaces and angles. Much like burns, minor cuts and scrapes can be treated with a simple first-aid kit on-site to avoid infection and keep the injury from becoming more severe. Serious cuts, however, can cause organ or limb damage, and even result in loss of limb or require amputation if the damage to an area is too severe.
Spinal cord injuries are quite common, often due to falls or impacts from machinery that are not operated properly. Even minor injuries to the spine can require a great deal of time and perhaps physical therapy for a full recovery. More serious injuries might result in a need for surgery, or even result in life-long paralysis.
Sensory loss is all-too common from working at a construction site. This can include blindness, typically as a result of extensive use of a torch without protective eyewear, or an accident that involves damage to the eyes. Hearing loss is a frequent construction site injury, due to the loud noises present, especially for those who spend years at such sites and do not wear protective earplugs or headphones.
Construction site injuries often result in medical costs or years of pain and suffering that can require physical therapy and treatment to overcome. If you or a loved one has been involved in an injury accident due to working at or visiting a construction site, contact the Chicago construction accident lawyers at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC today at (312) 644-0444 to get the help you need. We can answer your questions, offer advice on your situation, and ensure your rights are protected.