For over three decades, workplace accident attorney Robert H.
Hanaford in Chicago, has helped people who have suffered injuries caused by the carelessness
or misconduct of others.
If you were hurt on the job, you may have a claim against not only your employer but also a
negligent third party.
Injured Employees May Not Be Limited to Workers’ Compensation
According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, nearly four percent of construction
workers are injured each year. Although the Illinois workers’ compensation system is the
primary mechanism by which employees harmed on the job can pursue compensation, there may be
instances in which third parties can be held liable for construction and other workplace
Employers are generally immune from suit brought by an injured employee, but a negligent
subcontractor or the manufacturer of a dangerous product may be sued for the harm that they
have caused. As long as the entity responsible for the accident is not the victim’s employer
or in control of the victim’s employer, the claim can likely proceed.
For example, if someone was injured in a workplace accident
caused by a piece of defective machinery, he or she could file a products liability lawsuit
with the assistance of a workplace accident attorney in Chicago, against the manufacturer of
To prevail in this suit, the victim would need to prove that:
The device was unreasonably dangerous;
The device was defective when it left the manufacturer’s control; and
The victim was injured because the device was flawed.
There are three ways in which a product can be considered dangerous: a manufacturing defect,
a design defect, or a manufacturer’s failure to warn of risks associated with using the
item. If a piece of equipment left the maker with one of these three defects, and an
individual was subsequently injured by it, that person may be entitled to damages from the
manufacturer. These would compensate the victim for his or her financial, physical, and
emotional harm, such as lost wages, lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
This is just an example of a way in which an injured worker may seek damages above and beyond
workers’ compensation. Negligent subcontractors not in the employer’s control and property
owners might also be legally liable in the event of a construction or other workplace
accident. An experienced attorney can tell you who may be held accountable for your specific
Hanaford Law Offices is a personal injury attorney providing
high-quality legal services in Florida across Naples SW Florida and Chicago Illinois.