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Injured on the Job at a Construction Site?
You may be entitled to significant compensation.
Due to the nature of the building trades, individuals employed at building sites are exposed to hazardous and life-threatening working conditions daily.
However, many state workers’ compensation laws can severely restrict the compensation available to those injured in construction-related accidents. State laws prohibiting a worker from suing his or her employer generally also restrict workers’ compensation systems, which may not offer pain and suffering compensation. Innumerable worker’s compensation laws can impose specific limits on the length of time that an injured worker can collect benefits, even when he or she has been hurt for indefinite amounts of time.
Often, in order to collect a remedy to cover pain and suffering, it is necessary to hold parties other than an employer responsible in some way for an injury-causing incident. Knowledge of the Federal regulations that govern the worksite is essential in developing theories regarding the general contractors and subcontractors that can permit lawsuits when such laws seem likely to bar recovery. In addition, your counsel must be experienced in inspecting construction sites, identifying key witnesses, and keeping crucial evidence.
Serious accidents and injuries happen at work sites across the nation at an alarming rate. We have handled various cases of work injury, including lift accidents, nail gun accidents, scaffolding accidents, faulty equipment accidents, crane accidents, dangerous energy accidents, logging accidents, and compressed gas accidents, which frequently include injuries such as spinal cord and back injuries, amputations, crushed limbs, burns, brain injuries, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. Thousands of workers are killed or severely injured every year working on the job site. This occurs despite the fact that numerous state and federal regulations, along with industry standards, require owners, general contractors, and subcontractors to enact numerous safety measures.
From 1980 through 1995, more than 93,000 workers died in the United States from injuries suffered on the job. From 1980 to 1995, on average, 16 workers died each day in work-related accidents. In 2000, the number of injuries sustained from work-related injuries contributed to about 5,600 work-related deaths. In total, there were 5.2 million injuries and illnesses reported during 2001 at workplaces in private industry.
While workers’ compensation helps employees when they are injured on the job, it is generally insufficient to fully compensate injured workers for all of the damages they suffer from a work-related incident. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation alone may not be sufficient compensation.
To obtain fair compensation for injuries, workers should pursue third-party litigation against parties other than their employers. Property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, and even equipment manufacturers can all be held responsible when an accident occurs on the job site. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, other damages that can be recovered through a third-party action include pain and suffering, extra pay for lost wages, extra health benefits, and loss of consortium.
Manufacturers of construction equipment are liable for designing and maintaining a safe product. Defective or hazardous products can include scaffolds, cranes, power tools, dikes, hoists, conveyors, timber tools, ladders, hoists, trucks, grates, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, backhoes, heavy machinery, boilers, pressure vessels, gas detectors, and other types of construction equipment.
It is usually possible to locate third parties responsible if there is a crash or injury. Because most sites include a number of subcontractors, it is quite common to locate multiple potential third-party respondents. A lawyer might also look into claims against a General Contractor, which might have been liable for oversight, and might have been liable under contract for injuries. In the most complicated cases, legal principles about agency and an analysis of the business laws can result in sophisticated determinations about who is technically the “employee” and who is a “third party” under any given circumstances.
Workers’ compensation laws are designed to assist injured workers, but also employers, with their medical coverage problems. The worker’s compensation act provides benefits for workers who are injured on the job or who have suffered from an occupational illness that occurred during employment.
Benefits provided under workers’ compensation include weekly payments, based on a percentage of an employee’s median weekly salary, for temporary total disability, partial disability, permanent and total disability, and permanent loss of function and disfigurement. Workers’ compensation also covers medical expenses for treatments that are reasonable, necessary, and related to an injury sustained in industry, as well as services to restore employment. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation may not provide adequate compensation on its own, particularly for very severe, catastrophic personal injuries.
As noted above, it is necessary to seek compensation from a negligent third party, such as a dangerous or defective product maker, an inadequate safety device, or any other responsible party. These cases need to be handled with urgency and expert knowledge, as it can be hard to find a responsible third party, and the evidence, such as the piece of faulty equipment, needs to be preserved.
You will need representation from an aggressive, seasoned litigation lawyer to make sure that you are properly compensated for your pain. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at the worksite, you need counsel from experienced work injury lawyers. Call us today for a free consultation, or fill out our free case evaluation form.
The construction accident attorneys in our network handle construction accident cases throughout the United States including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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