Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Five construction workers were hospitalized, including one with severe injuries, after a box truck rear-ended their flatbed truck on the RFK Bridge on March 21.
The construction workers had just parked the flatbed and were preparing to start work that morning at around 8 a.m. when the box truck crashed into the back of their vehicle.
A 44-year-old and 55-year-old worker were both standing on the flatbed and were thrown into the roadway during the collision. Those two workers were both rushed to Elmhurst Hospital and the 44-year-old was listed in critical condition. The 55-year-old was in serious condition.
A 38-year-old woman who was driving the flatbed and two other construction workers were also injured and hospitalized at Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries.
The box truck was owned by Schleppers Moving and Storage. The 25-year-old driver of that vehicle remained at the scene and no charges were immediately filed.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents injured construction workers and helps them recover the financial compensation they deserve for the damages they face. We’ve asked Laurence to discuss the legal rights of construction workers who have been injured on the job:
Construction workers have some of the highest injury rates of any other job. However, many construction injuries are preventable and only happen due to the negligence of someone other than the injured worker. When a construction worker is injured due to the negligence of a third party, he or she may have grounds for a construction injury lawsuit.
For example, if a construction worker is injured after being struck by a vehicle during roadside construction, the worker may have grounds for a lawsuit against the driver. If the driver was working for another company, that company could also possibly be held liable in a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured while working a construction job, you can learn more about recovering financial compensation in a free consultation with one of our experienced construction injury lawyers.