Who Is Responsible for My Construction Accident Injury?Accidents happen—especially in industries that deal with heavy, dangerous and hazardous materials. Sometimes, workers suffer injuries that were no one’s fault. However, that’s not always the case. Many accidents are precipitated by someone’s negligence, lack of preparation, failure to supervise or similar reckless behaviors. In these cases, the accident victim could have done everything by the book and still suffered catastrophic injuries. How is that fair? It’s not. Regardless of that fact, the injury victim will likely be subjected to the consequences—including medical bills, lost wages and more—unless they seek legal representation. An experienced construction accident lawyer can demonstrate to the court the ways in which the at-fault party’s negligence contributed to your injuries.
Types of Construction AccidentsCertain types of accidents take place more often on construction sites than others. The following are among the most common:
- Falling from a higher level to a lower level
- Scaffolding accidents, including malfunctions, collapses and falls
- Items falling from higher levels
- Crush injuries caused by equipment or falling materials
- Amputation injuries caused by poorly maintained or defective machinery
Securing Compensation for Your Construction InjuryIf you suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by someone else, there’s a good chance you’re entitled to compensation. However, the type and amount of compensation will depend on the specific circumstances of the event.
Workers CompensationWhen workers suffer injuries on the construction site, they may be eligible for workers compensation, regardless of whether or not negligence was at play. However, just because they aren’t pursuing compensation through a lawsuit doesn’t mean they couldn’t benefit from legal representation. The reality is that workers comp operates like any other insurance business, meaning that the insurer is incentivized to pay out as little compensation as possible to injured workers. Although injured construction workers are eligible for workers comp benefits, they may struggle to secure full benefits without help from a workers comp lawyer.
Construction Injury LawsuitAlthough a construction worker (or worker in any industry) can’t legally waive workers compensation benefits to pursue an injury lawsuit against their employer, they are able to pursue injury lawsuits against third-parties. That means if you are a construction worker who suffered serious injuries as a result of a third-party’s actions, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation. Passersby and visitors who are injured on a construction site can freely pursue a construction accident lawsuit. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help investigate the accident, gather evidence, determine liability, file the pertinent paperwork and present arguments on the accident victim’s behalf.
Construction Accidents: FAQsConstruction accidents aren’t always straightforward, which means that injury victims may be left grappling with unanswered questions. The best way to make sense of this difficult situation is to speak to an experienced lawyer. In the meantime, check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
What types of damages can I receive?If you are eligible to pursue a work injury accident lawsuit, you could receive compensation for more than just economic damages. Your lawyer may be able to include intangible losses in your settlement amount, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of quality of life, disfigurement and more.
Who is liable when a bystander is injured by construction site debris?Determining liability can be complex, regardless of what type of injury the victim has sustained. When a bystander or passerby is injured by construction site debris, the at-fault party may be a construction worker, a contract worker, the construction company, a government agency or someone else.
Can I file a work injury lawsuit instead of taking workers comp?You cannot opt to sue your employer rather than taking workers comp benefits. However, if a third-party, such as an outside contractor, caused your injuries, a construction accident lawyer may be able to help you file a lawsuit against them.
The Hermele Law Firm: Top Construction Accident Lawyers in DenverConstruction workers play an essential role in both our economy and prosperity as a country. When they’re hurt as a result of someone’s negligence, they deserve legal representation that will prioritize their wellbeing and recovery. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries working on, visiting or passing by a construction site, you may be facing catastrophic injuries, overwhelming medical debt and other substantial losses. With The Hermele Law Firm right around the corner, there’s no need for you to shoulder that burden alone. Our construction accident lawyers are waiting to review your case and map out the best legal strategy for you. Ready to get started? It’s as simple as contacting us online or giving us a call at (720) 740-0889 to schedule your free consultation.
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