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Wood and Brush Clearing Accidents

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.
Construction work does not only include building, demolition, and renovation on worksites but also often includes the clearing of wood and brush to prepare the worksite or as a method of routine maintenance in public and private areas for safety and aesthetic reasons.
Unfortunately, there are many hazards that can occur while clearing wood and brush and many of these accidents can be serious or deadly. If you have been injured in a wood and brush clearing 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.

Risks in Wood and Brush Clearing

Excessive wood and brush in roadways create both visibility and mobility issues for pedestrians and motorists. It also frequently needs to be cleared during construction and demolition work. When clearing wood and brush, workers will often use tools and machinery, such as stump grinders, chain saws, earthmovers, brush cutters, and wood chippers, that put them at risk for injury along with the risks associated with the debris involved with the clearing work. This is why it is important that an employee is thoroughly trained in how to use each piece of equipment, appropriate safety procedures, and they are provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) in the event of falling objects. Workers should also only use approved equipment that is routinely maintained for safety and they should never use any equipment that is defective in design and/or manufacture to avoid being seriously injured.
The most common injuries seen in wood and brush clearing accidents include:
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Crushing injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Head, neck, and spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Death

Liability in Construction Accidents

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH ACT), employers have an obligation to maintain a safe working environment and follow the regulations of OSHA. If the employer, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or another employee fails to follow the appropriate standards of care and their actions or inactions cause an accident, they could be liable for the injuries and damages their negligence caused.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits, including medical and rehabilitation expenses, partial wages, and disability benefits to an injured worker regardless of who was at-fault for the accident. Workers compensation does typically prohibit an employee from suing their employer for the accident, however, there may be other options including filing a claim against a negligent third-party, such as a subcontractor, vendor, defective equipment designer and/or manufacturer, or general contractor who is not the employee’s direct employer.
Construction accidents are often complex, involving multiple parties and defendants. This is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine your rights under Illinois law.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, the injury lawyers at Mike Agruss Law 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.
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