A construction worker and his wife have filed a lawsuit in Cook County, alleging negligence led to the man’s serious injuries. According to the lawsuit, the man was working as a pipefitter at a location that was under construction when he tripped and fell in mud. During the fall he was struck with a heavy pipe. The couple is seeking damages of more than $50,000 from each of two defendants, citing negligence and failure to maintain safe premises.
The construction company in this case is accused of keeping an unsafe workplace. The construction site had hazardous conditions that included a muddy walking surface. According to the lawsuit, the construction company knew, or should have known, that the conditions were dangerous. They are required to take the steps necessary to resolve the problem and ensure the safety of workers and others at the site. Had they done what was required of them, the accident could have been prevented.
Workplace negligence is a problem that is all too common, yet causes many accidents and injuries every year. The workplace is expected to be safe and the company is required to protect the safety of workers and others at all times. Construction sites can be particularly dangerous because of the dangerous materials and equipment that is being used. Particular care must be taken to inspect work conditions on a daily basis. In this case, mud was the cause of the accident. The company should have checked the conditions, especially if there had been rain. Then, they should have done whatever was necessary to make the conditions safe.
Accidents can result in serious injuries, which can be extremely painful. In this instance, the man fell, causing him to sustain injuries not only from the fall, but also from a pipe that hit him during the incident. Slip and fall accidents such as this one are very common, and may cause broken bones, back and neck injuries, head trauma, and other medical problems. The injuries to the man are reportedly permanent, and also extremely painful. The man also suffered mental anguish because of the accident.
Work injuries like this one can be devastating to victims and their families. Severe and permanent harm can cause the victim to be unable to work. As in this situation, those who are no longer able to work due to a disability caused by someone else are entitled to compensation. The damages in this case include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and inability to work in the future. Additionally, the man may be seeking money for loss of enjoyment of life, due to the permanent nature of his injury. These problems would not have happened but for the negligent actions of the construction company.
If you or a family member was seriously hurt in an accident on a construction site, you deserve justice. Contact the experienced attorneys at the office of Michael T. Friedman & Associates to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
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