The construction industry is one of the highest risk industries in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many times following a severe job site accident, workers’ compensation benefits are not enough to cover all of the damages sustained by an injured worker and their families. When an on the job accident is the fault of a party other than the employer, a construction injury attorney can help workers recover additional compensation for their injuries.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for a free, no-obligation consultation to help you determine whether or not you have a claim and, if you do, find out what steps can be taken to seek compensation.
Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.
On Site Experience May Not be a Safeguard Against Injury
According to the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, workers in the construction industry face one of the highest risks of serious injury or illness of all workers and the overall rate of lost-time injuries or illnesses per 10,000 construction workers was over 300 that year. Only five other industries recorded comparably high rates.
The reported injuries and illnesses typically were serious enough to require victims to take significant amounts of time away from work. Construction was one of just six industries in which over 10,000 days of work were lost throughout the year. The median number of days that each worker missed after becoming injured or ill was 20, which suggests that severe work-related ailments were relatively common.
The report also produced a few surprising findings. The majority of the reported incidents affected workers over age 25, with the greatest number involving workers between ages 45 and 54. Most of the injuries and illnesses also involved people who had spent at least one year with their employers, which suggests that experience doesn’t always protect these workers against accidents and injuries.
Workers’ Compensation May Not Be Enough
When an employee is injured in a job site accident, usually the employer will have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and provide some reimbursement for lost wages, but often this compensation is not enough to cover all of the losses experienced in a severe construction site accident.
When a party other than the employer is responsible for a job site accident, additional compensation can be recovered. Property owners, general contractors, and manufacturers of industrial equipment can all be held responsible to on the job and workplace accidents.
If a party other than your employer caused your injury, a construction injury attorney can help you recover compensation beyond your workers’ compensation.
How a Construction Accident Attorney Can Help
Construction accidents often cause severe psychological, financial, and physical pain for victims and their families. Extensive medical bills, permanent injuries, and dealing with the trauma of a serious injury can have a significant impact on one’s life. Compensation that may be recovered if there are injuries associated with a construction accident include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, mental anguish, and suffering resulting from an injury
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a loved one is killed in a construction accident, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Loss of relationship or financial support of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering or a loved one prior to death
People who have been injured in a construction accident may be able to pursue one or more claims with the help of a construction accident lawyer, including wrongful death, product liability, personal injury, and workers’ compensation.
Contact Us for More Information
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, contact Attorney Group for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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