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What damages can I recover in a construction accident case?


Following a construction accident, it is common to have questions as to what damages you could receive compensation for. As the specifics of each case will be unique, so will be the compensation you may be entitled to. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine what you could expect, however in construction accident cases, victims may be entitled to the following: 

Economic Damages 

Economic damages are directly related to the harm a victim has suffered. These are tangible losses that are easy to calculate, and they are used to reimburse a victim for their out-of-pocket expenses. Economic damages are not only limited to the direct victim of a construction accident; spouses, children, the insurance company, and anyone else with a financial interest in the case may also compensation if they have been wronged in some cases. 

The most frequent type of economic damages awarded include: 

  • Ambulance and hospital fees
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care
  • Medical devices and prescriptions
  • Psychological care
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages and lost opportunities

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are intangible damages awarded to reimburse a victim for the way the construction accident changed their life for the worse or reduced their quality of life. This compensation can include: 

  • Disfigurement and/or scarring
  • Long-term pain and suffering
  • Loss of ability to work
  • Inability to care for oneself
  • Inability to complete actions you were once able to complete
  • Inability to have relationships

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are intended to punish a defendant for reckless, wanton, and/or egregious behavior. They are also intended to dissuade this type of behavior in the future by making an example of the defendant’s behavior. In a construction accident, this could include: 

The company allows employees to operate machinery while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or prescription medications that significantly alter their ability to act in a safe manner.

  • A company uses materials that are as dangerous as a way to cut corners and save money.
  • Equipment is not properly maintained or updated.
  • A company does not follow the law in regard to safety. 

These are only examples of how a company or employer could be found liable for punitive damages. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine if punitive damages are applicable in your claim. 

Wrongful Death 

Unfortunately, the nature of construction accidents makes it all too common for fatalities to occur. When a death occurs, the spouse of the decedent or another close relative can pursue wrongful death damages. While this does not ease their loss, or bring their relatives back, these damages are meant, to some degree, to fill the void that is left after the passing of their loved one.

Some of the situations where wrongful death damages could be awarded include: 

  • Lost income due to the passing of a loved one
  • Lost companionship
  • Lost support

Workers Compensation

Worker’s compensation provides for lost wages, health care, benefits, and other issues that may arise from a construction accident. However, if an employee accepts worker’s compensation, they often forfeit their right to sue the employer. Worker’s compensation is also “no-fault”, meaning that an employee does not need to prove that their injuries were due to the fault of another person or that they themselves were not at-fault, making it easier in some cases to receive compensation than pursuing a legal claim.

If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.

We at Mike Agruss Law are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.

We see you as a person, not just a client – and that makes us better at work we do. We listen. We learn your story. And, as we help you get the money you deserve, we go above and beyond in a way most law firms never could and never would. Because we’re not just lawyers. And you’re not just a client. We’re friends, neighbors, family. We’re all people and here at Mike Agruss Law, we put People, First.

Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people, not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. Our unique formula has earned us over 900 outstanding client reviews on our website, an A+ BBB rating, and over 120 five-star reviews on Google.  Call 888-572-0176, e-mail us at [email protected] or schedule a meeting with us here. We’re here 24/7. 

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