Posted On: July 14, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

$6.25 M Chicago Construction Accident Settlement for Injured Roofer

Roofer Luis Vasquez has received a $6.25 million Chicago, Illinois construction accident settlement for serious injuries he sustained on March 8, 2004. Vasquez was a roofer for Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Co. when he fell some 20-feeet through a roof of a Metra-owned premise to land on the concrete floor. A waver of the $560,000 lIlinois workers’ compensation lien was included in the settlement.

The defendants in the case include Walsh Construction Company, the general contractor for the construction project, Metra, and Consoer Townsend Environdyne and Cotter Consulting, a contractor on the project.

Roofer Injuries
Roofers risk serious injuries when doing their job. Chicago slip and fall accidents, fall accidents from elevated heights, falling objects and debris, falls through skylights and unstable floors, and roof collapses are just a few of the hazards faced by roofers. According a University of Florida study from 2000, almost 88% of roofing accidents require hospitalization or end in death. Broken bones, traumatic injuries, and spinal cord injuries can be very painful and costly for the victim and his/her family. A worker with such catastrophic injuries may become disabled for life and no longer be able to earn a living to support the family.

With so many parties normally taking part in a construction project, it can be difficult to determine who should be held liable for your Chicago, Illinois construction accident injuries. Your employer should pay you your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits, and an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can make sure you are getting all the work injury benefits that you are owed. However, there may be contractors, sub-contractors, architects, insurers, manufacturers of faulty equipment, engineers, and/or other parties who also should compensate you for your injuries.

$6.25 Million Dollar Settlement Paid by Insurers for 57 Year Old Roofer Injured at a Walsh, Forbes.com, July 14, 2010

UF Study: Lax Safety Causes More Home-Building Deaths And Injuries, University of Florida, December 18, 2000


Related Web Resources:
Construction Safety, CDC

Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

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