Southern Illinois Construction Accident Lawyer in Belleville, Illinois
Sometimes a workers compensation client will have been injured while working on a large construction project where there is a general contractor in charge of the job and several subcontractors hired by the general contractor. These types of construction accident lawsuits can be difficult because subcontractors on these large projects employ folks in various trades; such as iron workers, boiler makers, carpenters, laborers, operators and pipe fitters. When a person is injured at one of these construction sites and the accident is the fault of another that is not working for the same subcontractor as the injured person, a construction accident attorney can often pursue a civil “third party” claim against the at fault contractor.
Construction Accident Law Cases We’ve Handled
An example of this is a case we handled a few years ago when a crane operator for one subcontractor negligently dropped a load of iron onto the head of our client who was an iron worker helping connect the crane to the load of steel on a flatbed. We successfully sued the employer of the operator and still pursued the workers compensation claim against my client’s employer.
Under certain circumstances, a general contractor can also be liable for the acts of is subcontractors. This is pursuant to section 414 of the Restatement of Torts, known as the “retained control doctrine,” which provides that a general contractor can be liable for the negligent act of the subcontractor when the general contractor retains a certain level of control over the job site even though it has hired subcontractors to do the job.
An example of this is when a contractor supervises the work of the subcontractor’s employees. One example of this is a case we pursued in which in iron worker fell from a platform and was paralyzed. The general contractor’s lead man on the job had instructed that the guardrails required to be on the platform be removed so that the iron workers could do their job more quickly.
Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer in Southern Illinois
Our office has had great success on these third party claims arising from accidents that occur at work. We are able to get a person a level of compensation in excess of what they might otherwise receive in the confines of a workers compensation case.
Contact Kirkpatrick Law Offices, P.C. at (618) 239-6070
Kirkpatrick Law Offices
3 Executive Woods Ct,
Swansea, IL 62226