At Jones Legal, we know how to handle cases involving workplace injuries, especially those sustained at construction sites. Construction sites can be incredibly dangerous. Nearly 20% of all workplace fatalities nationwide happen at construction sites. Injuries and fatalities at construction sites often occur because safety engineers and construction companies that are obligated to enact and enforce safety procedures are negligent or simply absent. No matter the type of accident or the cause, injured construction workers are entitled to compensation. The experienced construction injury attorneys at Jones Legal won’t stop until you are fairly compensated for what you deserve.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive for my Construction Accident?
If you’ve sustained an injury from a construction accident, you most likely have to deal with a number of different expenses and bills. Fortunately, the compensation you receive from a personal injury lawsuit may help you cover many or all of your expenses.
In most cases, individuals will receive compensation for short-term expenses—those that are immediately apparent after the accident. They may also seek damages for anticipated long-term expenses—those that will continue for an extended time after the accident. Compensation most commonly covers expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of working capacity
- Long-term care
Injured workers can receive weekly payments and medical expenses. Too often though, these amounts simply don’t cover the pain and suffering associated with a construction site injury. These payments are often based on a percentage of the worker’s weekly earnings as well as the severity of the injury. Medical expenses might only cover those treatments deemed necessary and related to the specific work injury. The amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the severity and extent of your injuries. The construction accident lawyers Jones Legal can help you fight for the full range of compensation you are entitled to.
Benefits such as weekly payments and medical expenses are awarded to injured workers. But, too often, these are simply not enough to cover the pain and suffering associated with an on-the-job construction injury. Weekly payments are based on a percentage of the worker’s weekly earnings and on the severity of the disability, whether it is a temporary total disability or a permanent partial disability. Also, medical expenses cover only those treatments deemed necessary and related to the specific work injury.
Who Do I Hold Accountable for my Construction Accident Injuries?
Liability in construction accidents can be complicated. In many instances, the injured worker cannot sue their employer for work-related injuries, but rather a third party.
Third parties may be held liable for negligence when a construction injury occurs on a job site. The contractors, equipment manufacturers, architects and owners may all be held liable for construction site accidents resulting from inadequate safety measures. Manufacturers of construction equipment can be found liable when an accident occurs due to one of their products. All contractors and subcontractors must provide appropriate safety provisions that ensure a construction site is reasonably safe.
Because of the Workers Compensation Act, compensation is often available even if the worker was injured due to his or her own carelessness. Speak with an experienced construction injury lawyer at Jones Legal to understand how liability in your accident should be handled.
What are the most common types of construction accidents?
The amount of possible hazards at a modern construction site is staggering. Accidents in many different forms can occur involving many different parties. Without strict, proper safety precautions, severe injuries can occur. Some of the most common construction accidents our clients suffer from include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nail gun misfires
- Crane accidents
- Compressed gas accidents
- Chemical exposures
- Welding accidents
- Construction site explosions
- Scaffolding accidents
- Mechanical malfunctions
- People or workers being struck by falling objects
- Car and truck accidents
- Welding accidents
This is by no means an exhaustive list of construction site dangers. We are ready to work with any victim of a construction accident injury.
Should I Hire a Construction Accident Attorney?
For many personal injury lawsuits, there is a Statute of Limitations. This means you have a limited time to file a lawsuit after your injury. If you are unsure about who may be liable for your injuries and how to best handle compensation, contact an attorney at Jones Legal. This will help ensure that you do not waive your rights to compensation from damages or any other benefits.