A construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces in America. With so many facets working in tandem, a construction site can account for many workplace injuries. With some construction workers high above the ground and others working below heavy items, it is important for everyone to take the necessary steps to be safe. Construction accidents encompass a wide range of incidents, including:
- Roof-related falls and accidents
- Crane and scaffolding accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Operating equipment failure and accidents
- Lifting equipment failure and accidents
- Falls from ladders
- Electric shock
- Trench collapses
- Fires and explosions
- Hit by highway vehicle
- Compressed gases accidents
- Welding accidents
- Slip, trip, and fall on debris, materials, or other substance
What should I do if I have been injured on a construction site?
If you have been injured while working at a construction site, you will most likely be covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Seek medical attention and tell your supervisor and employer. As there are often multiple employers on a construction site, and your status could be that of an “independent contractor,” we recommend seeking legal advice to determine whether or not Workers’ Compensation applies in your situation. Where applicable, Workers’ Compensation will cover your medical bills and some of your lost wages after an accident, regardless of fault. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party, including but not limited to another contractor on the job, a passing vehicle, or the supplier of safety equipment or tools, you may need to file a personal injury case. Like other personal injury matters, you will have to prove that another party’s negligence caused you harm. It is important to note, if you have collected from Worker’s Compensation and file a lawsuit against a third party, you may be obligated to pay back your employer’s insurance for the support you received. In some cases, the insurance will even put a lien on your personal injury award.
Being injured in a construction accident can be a terrible situation. If you need quality legal support from an effective and experienced law firm, contact Siragusa Law Firm.