You need an attorney who specializes in construction site accidents
Construction sites can be a dangerous place for workers. There are often power tools, heavy machinery, scaffolding, and other items that can cause serious, even fatal accidents. Sometimes construction supervisors put profit over safety procedures, or the work site is fast-paced, and mistakes are made.
When workers or bystanders are injured, they may be entitled to compensation. However, construction accident claims can be challenging for a variety of reasons.
Determining the Proper Defendant
One of the main challenges after a construction site accident is identifying the right defendant to file a lawsuit against. Property owners, sub-contractors, general contractors, crewmen, architects, etc. could all be on the site at any time. Any one of these people could be a named defendant in a personal injury lawsuit, depending on the specific circumstances of the accident.
Workers’ Comp or Personal Injury Claim?
If you or a loved one was injured while working on a construction site, there’s the possibility that you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim, not a personal injury claim. The problem is that workers’ compensation oftentimes doesn’t provide full restitution for damages you may have suffered as a result of the accident.
Generally, workers’ compensation covers things such as medical expenses and some type of disability benefits while you can’t work. However, it doesn’t cover things such as lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, and other types of damage—which may be included in a personal injury claim.
Rental Equipment and Construction Accidents
In many cases, construction companies rent equipment used on site. If this equipment is defective or not maintained properly, a construction worker could be injured. In this case, the rental company could be held liable for the injury. The worker would be able to file a personal injury claim against them.
Why You Need a Construction Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction site accident, it’s important that you hire a qualified attorney who is knowledgeable about the legal statutes and case law surrounding construction site accidents. Your construction site accident attorney will investigate your case, call in experts when necessary, determine the appropriate party who is at fault for you or your loved one’s injury, and help you secure appropriate compensation or benefits.
To learn more, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 today.