Construction sites can be very dangerous not only to the people working on the site but also to people visiting the site or walking by. Construction accidents can result in a variety of severe and sometimes permanent disabilities. Even when people are acting responsibly, you can still end up suffering a significant injury while on the job, or just visiting the construction site.
Even though construction sites are, by their very nature dangerous places to work, that doesn’t clear your supervisors from their responsibility to keep employees safe. And it doesn’t mean you lose your right to justice should you get hurt.
There are a number of ways for even safety-conscious workers to suffer serious injuries on construction sites. Common construction site accidents include:
- loss of a limbs,
- partial or complete blindness,
- nerve damage and paralysis,
- traumatic head injuries,
- broken or fractured bones,
- amputations, and even
- wrongful death.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, your rights depend upon whether you were a bystander, independent contractor or a worker at the site. When you are injured as a bystander or independent contractor, normal personal injury law applies and the parties at fault are responsible for paying for your damages. The situation is more complex if you are an employee at the construction site. Other factors are involved in worker cases such as specific legal requirements for claims against employers and workers compensation law. Skilled and experienced legal representation is vital so that construction accident injured workers get the compensation that the law entitles them to receive.
In a third-party suit, the worker can recover damages in the form of lost wages, impairment of earning capacity, medical costs, future medical costs, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. However, the burden of these cases is that the negligence of the third party must be proven by the injured individual. Third-party claims can result in substantially greater compensation than what an injured worker receives through workers’ compensation.
It is not always easy to determine who is responsible for a construction accident. A construction project typically involves many different companies, people, and products. Property owners, multiple contractors and subcontractors, architects and engineers all bear a responsibility for providing a safe work environment at a construction site. Equipment manufacturers and suppliers also have a duty to supply safe equipment and materials. If a personal injury claim is appropriate, you can trust in our years of experience with difficult construction accident cases to help you navigate through this difficult process to a fantastic result.