Consider These 3 Things After An Injury At A Construction Site
Whether you were an employee, a contractor or a visitor when you became injured at a construction site, you should consult with a lawyer who can help you maximize recovery through all available avenues of compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including disability accommodations
- Lost wage replacement
- Pain and suffering.
What Factors Affect An Injury Claim?
Your construction site injury claim (or wrongful death claim after a family member’s death) may be affected by one or more of the following factors:
- Safety Regulation Violations: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the United States Department of Labor, spells out in detail how companies in charge of construction sites are to protect the health and safety of workers. Minnesota OSHA and safety agencies of other states may have additional requirements. Construction sites in Minnesota or other states must adhere to both federal and state safety regulations. In case of an injury or an accidental death, evidence of gross negligence may allow for a lawsuit against that responsible party, above and separate from a workers’ compensation claim.
- Workers’ Compensation Versus Third-Party Liability Claims: A construction worker’s injuries are normally compensable through a workers’ compensation claim. An injured worker or any surviving family members may need a lawyer’s help to overcome delays, denials or a premature insistence by the insurer that an employee is ready to return to work. In addition, an investigation may demonstrate that a third party (not the employer) was partially or fully responsible for an injury. Subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, delivery services and property owners are examples of third parties who may be compelled to compensate an injured worker through a third-party liability claim, like any personal injury claim. A contractor or visitor to a construction site may also bring a claim against any responsible party other than their own employer.
- Dangerous Or Defective Equipment: Power tools, ladders, guard rails and other equipment and machines commonly used at construction sites may be to blame for an injury. Wrongdoers may include manufacturers, installers, inspectors and repair service providers. Like other third-party liability claims, a product liability claim will be separate from and in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.
Contact Us For Legal Advice About Maximum Compensation Recovery
At Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., our primary focus is holding wrongdoers responsible for injuries to our clients. We also work to protect our clients’ rights to receive full workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys are available to explore all avenues that may help injured people and their families recover physically and financially after suffering accidents at building sites and road construction sites.