Crushing injuries occur when pressure or force is placed on a body part, often because the body part is squeezed between two heavy objects, whether machines or vehicles. These injuries are extremely painful and can be catastrophic—dramatically changing the course of the accident victim’s life. If you suffered crushing injuries at a construction site, you should call the trusted Chicago crushing injury attorneys of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. Our trial lawyers represent injured construction workers not only in third party lawsuits, but also workers’ compensation claims and SSDI claims.Seek Damages for Your Crushing Injuries
A crush injury occurs when force or pressure is put on a body part. This type of injury most often happens when part of the body is squeezed between two heavy objects. There is a risk of suffering crushing injuries in many different situations on a construction site, including when another subcontractor is negligent, equipment is defective, or there is a failure in safety protocols. When another party, someone other than your employer, is at fault for your injuries, our lawyers may be able to hold that party responsible in a third party lawsuit. We may be able to recover damages when we can prove that the other party was negligent, or otherwise at fault.
We can prove negligence when we’re able to show these elements by a preponderance of the evidence: (1) you were owed a duty of reasonable care by the defendant, (2) the defendant failed to meet the standard of care, (3) the failure caused your crushing injuries, and (4) you acquired actual damages as a result of the crushing injuries.
The jury can reduce your damages by an amount equal to your degree of fault when a defendant is able to establish that your injuries were partly the result of your own negligence. You will not able to recover damages at all, even for catastrophic crushing injuries and disfigurement if you were 50% or more at fault. This is one reason it is critical to seek experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel as soon as possible after your accident.
Crush injuries may involve fractures, bleeding, bruising, nerve injuries and infections. Someone who suffers this kind of injury may develop compartment syndrome, which involves serious damage to the tissues, blood vessels and muscles. The severity of the injury will determine the damages you can recover from a third party who was at fault. Damages may include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, replacement services, and out-of-pocket expenses. If, for instance, the crushing of your leg required amputation, and you needed a prosthesis, you could recover the expenses associated with that including any therapies, and the cost of the prosthesis. Or, if you were unable to perform certain household duties such as cleaning, damages might include replacement services from a household cleaner.Attorneys to Claim Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Crushing injuries are expensive to treat and very painful. In some cases, such as when your employer or coworkers are responsible for your crushing injuries, your only relief with regard to the employer is a workers’ compensation claim. You won’t recover your full damages; for instance, you won’t be able to recover damages for pain and suffering and mental anguish through a workers’ compensation claim. However, our attorneys also won’t need to prove another party’s fault in order to seek reasonable and necessary medical expenses, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation.Consult a Chicago Law Firm About Crushing Injuries
If you suffered crushing injuries on a construction site, you may need knowledgeable legal representation. Call the effective Chicago crushing injury attorneys of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca to handle your personal injury lawsuit, workers’ compensation claim, or SSDI claim arising out of the construction accident. Call us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or complete this online form.