Third-Party Claims against Negligent General Contractors

Chicago Workplace Accident Attorneys

General contractors are in charge of overseeing a construction project from beginning to end. General contractors perform a number of functions on a construction site, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, responding to questions, obtaining the necessary permits, coordinating project scheduling, and maintaining a safe work environment pursuant to guidelines provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

The general contractor maintains control over the entire worksite and each of the subcontractors working on the site. Accordingly, general contractors are expected to recognize construction hazards, repair them, and/or warn others about the hazardous condition. The failure to do so can result in liability on the part of the general contractor if a construction worker is injured while working at the construction site, whether in a slip and fall accident, scaffolding accident, building collapse, or other construction accident.

At Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., our skilled Chicago construction accident lawyers focus on helping injured employees obtain full and fair recovery following a workplace accident. We will help guide you through the worker’s compensation claim process, and represent you in connection with any additional claims as well.

If you have been injured in a workplace construction accident, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago construction accident attorneys.

Third-Party Claims against General Contractors

Injured construction workers are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits from his or her employer’s insurance company. In return, the injured employee is prohibited from suing his or her employer even if the employer was, in whole or in part, responsible for the construction accident.

Worker’s compensation laws do not prohibit an injured employee from pursuing third-party claims against other negligent parties, however. In the construction setting, an injured worker may be able to pursue a third-party claim against the general contractor if negligence was involved. If a construction worker is injured by defective equipment or machinery, he or she may also have a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective machinery.

Get the Legal Help You Need

At Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, our Illinois workplace accident attorneys focus on representing accident and injury victims, including injured construction workers, in any and all legal claims to which they may be entitled, including worker’s compensation and third-party negligence claims against the general contractor.

If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago construction accident attorneys.