Posted On: October 15, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Carpenter Injured in Chicago Construction Accident Awarded $1.477 Million

A jury has awarded carpenter James Conwell $1.477 million for his Chicago construction accident injuries. Conwell, 51, was injured when he fell off an inadequate ladder at a Cook County construction site. At the time that the ladder collapsed, he was carrying one end of a 100- to 120-pound beam that he was supposed to use as a doorway header. The beam struck him on the back of his neck and head and he sustained serious and permanent injuries. He continues to suffer from neck pain, aura migraines, severe hyperacusis in the right ear, and tinnitus.

According to the Chicago construction accident complaint, James McHugh Construction Company knew that subcontractors at the site were using ladders that were not adequate for the job yet did not take them away until after Conwell’s injury accident. The lawsuit is also accusing the construction company of failing to abide by its own safety rules and procedures.

The Cook County jury found that McHugh did not comply with OSHA and ANSI regulations, neglected to reasonably expect the premise to ensure safety compliance, and did not provide Conwell with appropriate equipment.

At the time of the Chicago work accident, Conwell was an employee of Kole Construction, which was a subcontractor on this job.

Construction accidents can be catastrophic. If you are hurt in a construction accident, it is important that you file your Illinois workers’ compensation claim immediately. Unfortunately, receiving the maximum work injury benefits that you are owed isn’t a guarantee—although it should be. Disputes have been known to arise, which can deprive an injured employee of the resources he/she needs to recover and get on with life. An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can help you with this.

You also may have Chicago injury lawsuits that you can file against liable parties that are not your employer.

$1.477 Million Verdict Rendered in Construction Site Accident, EarthTimes, October 15, 2010

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