Seeking Compensation After a Construction Accident
Despite the significant improvements in safety over the decades, construction work remains one of the most dangerous professions. Not only are construction sites dangerous for the workers, but they can also be hazardous to site visitors or even those passing by.
Any of the groups mentioned above may be eligible for compensation after being injured at a construction site. But the legal mechanisms for doing so vary depending on the specifics of any given case.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Individuals hired to do construction work are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries. The full list of possible injuries is too long to list here, but common accidents/injuries include:
If have been in construction accidents on the job as a construction worker, your injuries likely qualify for workers’ comp benefits. But to ensure that your claim is successful, it is a good idea to work with an experienced attorney when filing and/or appealing.
Third-Party Liability Claims
In the vast majority of states, workers’ compensation is the sole legal remedy for workplace injuries (meaning that workers’ cannot sue their employers directly. But if you were injured on a construction site due to third-party negligence, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that third party (in addition to seeking workers’ comp benefits).
Say, for instance, that your job site contains a tower crane owned and serviced by a third-party company. Because the crane wasn’t constructed properly, it collapses one day and seriously injures you and several others. You would likely be allowed to file litigation against the company owning and servicing the crane.
Injuries to Site Visitors and Passersby
In large and densely populated cities, construction sites must operate dangerously close to normal daily life. This creates a much greater risk of injury to those officially allowed to visit a construction site or those who happen to be walking past when an accident happens.
If you’ve been injured at or near a construction site and you are not a worker (and were not trespassing at the time), you can pursue compensation for your injuries through a standard personal injury lawsuit (most likely as a premises liability claim). Discussing the details of your case with an attorney is the best way to understand your rights and legal options.
How Can an Attorney Help You?
Whether you need guidance on a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit or a third-party liability matter, experienced attorneys are ready to answer your questions and represent your interests in litigation. To take advantage of an initial consultation, call a lawyer you can trust from Saavedra Law Firm, PLC today.