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Fatal Illinois construction accident leads to lawsuit

In September 2017, construction work was underway on a hotel in Waukegan. One of the workers hired for carpentry on the project suffered a devastating construction accident in which he fell 20 feet to the ground. Six days later, the carpenter died from what were described as “catastrophic injuries.”

An independent arbitrator for the victim’s estate recently filed a lawsuit targeting several entities involved with the hotel project.

Waukegan Star Real Estate owned the land on which the construction accident occurred. Therefore, it was named in the lawsuit as a “respondent in discovery” and could be added to the defendant list.

According to the Cook County lawsuit, the victim was told to unload construction materials onto the third floor of the hotel using a raised forklift. As he was performing his duties according to these instructions, the man fell from the machine.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants’ negligence led to the victim’s injuries and his subsequent death. Specifically, the suit claims that the firms involved with the hotel construction “allowed an untrained operator to use a forklift and allowed a plywood box to be used on a forklift.”

This tragic construction accident highlights why it is essential to comply with industry standards to keep workers safe. Victims who have suffered injuries and families that have lost loved ones in fatal construction accidents can work to seek justice against any individuals or entities they believe bear responsibility for the accident. A workplace injury attorney can provide guidance in how to initiate such a legal action to seek the compensation you need and deserve.