Recover Compensation from a Construction Accident

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Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Construction industry accidents injure or kill thousands of workers every year, and construction workers account for one in five workplace fatalities in the United States.  Very often, these construction injuries occur when construction companies fail to provide safety engineers and fail to implement critical safety measures. 

No matter the cause or nature of the injury,  injured construction workers are entitled to some kind of compensation. A construction accident attorney diligently pursues these personal injury claims and/or workers’ compensation claims to ensure injured workers are awarded money for any damage suffered.

Typical Construction Accident Injury Benefits

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If you have suffered a construction site injury, you may be able to file one or more of the following legal claims:

  • Workers’ Compensation Claims - In most states, the Workers Compensation Act  does not allow an employee who is injured on the job to sue his employer for work-related injuries because employees receive workers’ compensation insurance provided by the employer’s insurance company. These benefits are available to an employee even if he is injured due to his or her own carelessness; all the worker must do is prove that the injury occurred. 

Injured employees receive benefits including weekly payments and reimbursement for medical expenses. Weekly payments are based on a percentage of the worker’s weekly earnings and on the severity of the disability, whether it is a temporary total disability or a permanent partial disability. 

Unfortunately, these benefits are often insufficient to cover the pain and suffering associated with an on-the-job construction injury.  In addition, reimbursements for medical expenses only cover those treatments deemed necessary and related to the specific work injury. Therefore, injured employees may look into additional legal options to receive the benefits and compensation they require.

  • Third-Party Liability - A third party, such as a property owner or product manufacturer, could be liable for negligence when an injury occurs at a construction project site. 
  • Wrongful Death Claims - If someone, by either action or a failure to act (neglect), causes the death of an employee, the victim’s family or estate may bring a civil action to collect damages on the victim’s behalf.

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Third-Party Liability in Construction Site Accidents

In many circumstances, it may be possible to sue a third party for job-site construction injuries. Property owners, architects, contractors, and equipment manufacturers can all be held liable for accidents if they did not provide required safety measures. General contractors and subcontractors are responsible for providing appropriate safety provisions that ensure a construction site is reasonably safe. If they fail to do so, a construction worker may be able to bring a claim for negligence for his or her injuries.

They are obligated to:

  • warn of possible hazards on the site
  • hire employees who will use caution while working
  • coordinate job safety
  • check that all safety specifications are followed

Manufacturers of construction equipment are responsible for designing and maintaining safe products. If proper safety measures are not employed in the production of this equipment, the possibility of injury or death increases greatly. Manufacturers of this equipment can be found liable when an accident occurs due to a defect in one of their products

Talk with an experienced construction injury lawyer to see if third-party liability applies in your case.

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    Types of Construction Accidents 

    Some of the most common causes of construction accidents include:

    • Falling Objects
    • Crane accidents
    • Scaffolding Accidents
    • Slips and falls
    • Power tool accidents
    • Hoists 
    • Derrick accidents
    • Conveyor accidents
    • Woodworking tools
    • Ladders
    • Winches
    • Trucks
    • Graters
    • Scrapers
    • Tractors
    • Bulldozers
    • Forklifts
    • Backhoes
    • Heavy equipment
    • Boilers
    • Pressure vessels
    • Gas detectors
    • Other types of construction equipment

    Protect your OSHA Rights

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects your Federal right to a safe work site. Your employer is required to follow safety precautions and keep your workplace free of known health and safety hazards. Employers must provide safety equipment, such as gloves or a harness and lifeline for falls. If they do not fulfill these basic obligations, you have the right to speak up without fear of retaliation.

    A personal injury lawyer can assist you in filing an OSHA claim to protect your rights.

    Do You have a Construction Accident Case? Call a Construction Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation

    The construction accident lawyers at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP can help you or a loved one who has suffered an injury due to a construction accident. Contact us at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an free online case evaluation.

    The initial consultation is FREE of charge. We work on a contingency fee basis. Meaning, if we agree to handle your construction injury case, there are no legal fees unless we are successful in getting you money.

    Some personal injury lawsuits must be filed before an impending expiration date, known as the Statute of Limitations. Therefore, call or contact us right away to ensure that you do not waive your rights to money damages or other benefits.

    It is impossible to make generalizations about the value of any construction accident case without knowing the details of the injuries and how the accident took place. The law allows recovery for a wide range of situations, many of which may not be readily apparent to the injured party. This includes past medical bills, future medical and rehabilitation costs, therapy, lost past wages, lost future income, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney will fight to obtain money for you to compensate you for all of your damages, past, and future. 


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