Construction accidents do not just cause physical pain. Getting hurt can also come with psychological and financial pain for you and your family. If you have been injured on a construction site share the details of your case with our experienced attorneys today as you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys:
- Can ensure you are not steam-rolled by the insurance companies
- Ensure your situation is taken seriously
- Will listen and guarantee you are treated with the dignity and respect you deserve
There are a huge number of situations that can lead to accidents at construction site. Laws put in place at the state and federal level are meant to limit the hazards, the number of workplace injuries, however product defects, negligence and failure to follow the existing laws and regulations can still lead to accidents. Bottom line: construction is hazardous work.
Some of the leading causes of accidents at job sites:
- Insufficient or improper training
- Insufficient safety precautions
- Accidents involving cranes, hoists and harnesses
- Improper equipment maintenance
- Defective equipment
- Collapsed structures, mechanical hazards, and compressed gas accidents
- Toxic substance exposure
- Explosions and fires
- Slips and falls
- Falling objects
- Electrical and welding accidents
When you are injured onsite, there are certain steps that should be taken.
- First, get medical attention for the injury and then report the injury to your employer.
- Next, information should be gathered from anyone who witnessed the accident, details documented.
- Also, photos should be taken of the injury itself, the scene of the accident, and any equipment that was involved.
- Finally, speak to an attorney to get answers to your questions and make clear what your legal rights are.
When an employer carries workers compensation insurance they are immune from personal injury lawsuits in most cases. Whether you can sue your employer will depend on the details of your situation.
If the injury was egregious or intentional a lawsuit may still be brought against your employer.
In most cases, lawsuits for construction accident injuries are filed against third parties. Here are some of the involved parties liability may apply:
- The construction site owner: Liability for the site owner is typically determined by the degree of control the owner has over the site rather than the degree of control over the work being done at the site.
- General contractors and sub-contractors: These entities are responsible for providing a safe work environment and warning employees of any potential hazards under OSHA regulations. They are also responsible for ensuring that safety regulations are followed and that work on the site is being done safely. If they fail in any of these responsibilities and an injury occurs they can be held liable for damages and an injured worker can claim compensation from them.
- Engineers and architects: These individuals may be responsible for observing progress and ensuring that the appropriate code regulations are being followed. An attorney can determine if an engineer or architect is liable for an injury by investigating their contract with the construction company.
- Manufacturers and distributors: Any entity in the chain of distribution for a defective product may be held liable for injuries related to the use of that product.
If injured on a construction site you may be able to pursue any of the following claims with the assistance of an attorney:
- Workers Compensation Claims: When an injured employee is seeking workers compensation, they may not also bring a lawsuit against their employer. Instead, they access the benefits entitled to them under workers compensation laws. In workers compensation cases, the injured employee only needs to prove that an injury occurred, the surrounding circumstances are irrelevant. Claimants may bring lawsuits against other third parties though to maximize their recovery of damages.
- Personal Injury Claims: These claims are made to prove that some third party was responsible for the injury and that negligence was the cause of the injury.
- Product Liability: If the construction site injury was caused by a defective product or piece of equipment, the worker may bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of the product or equipment.
- Wrongful Death: In cases where a worker was killed on a construction site, the family may be able to claim wrongful death and receive compensation.
These claims are not exclusive of each other, so there may be situations in which multiple claims may be filed.Review My Case Now
As mentioned earlier, construction accidents do not just cause physical pain. They can also lead to psychological and financial pain for you and your family, lost wages, lost earning potential, and a lifetime of medical bills. By suing for compensation, you may be able to recover damages for the following:
- Wage losses
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy and counseling costs
- Damage to personal property
- Living expenses such as mortgages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and life enjoyment
If you have been hurt on the job, even if you are uncertain about who was responsible for the accident, share the details of your case with our attorneys experienced in construction accident cases. You are under no obligation, and if your case qualifies, there are no up front fees, if you don't win your case, you don't pay.
It is important you act now, there is a limited time mandated by statute of limitations with which you can file suit.
Your lawsuit attorney will help you gather the facts of the case and fight on your behalf to ensure your needs are not ignored. Additionally, our attorneys will fight for a swift settlement of your claim, and have no interest in a dragged out court case if it is not required to win a verdict in your favor.
If you have suffered a construction site injury and feel you may have a claim, share the details of your accident below and get your free legal case review today from a qualified attorney.