Recovery Outside of Workers Compensation for Construction Accidents
As reported, there are more than 200,000 construction site injuries each year in the U.S.A. The most common types of reported injuries to workers on construction projects are falls and dangerous contact with equipment. Many of these accidents will prove fatal at the rate of 9.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. However, even non-fatal accidents on construction sites often result in severe injuries requiring medical treatment and lost time from work and can result in disability. With these facts in mind, it is not surprising that the construction trades are considered one of the most dangerous workplaces in the US.
In most circumstances, construction injuries will result in recovery under workers’ compensation laws from an employer. However, in many cases, injured workers can also seek recovery from third parties other than their employer if the third party is responsible (or at fault) for causing the accident that led to the workplace injury. As with all cases involving serious injuries, an early and thorough investigation is necessary to identify potentially responsible third parties. Responsible parties could include property owners, other contractors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, consultants, architects and engineers and if the injury occurred on a roadway, motorists and public entities, among others.
Third-party construction lawsuits often turn on specialized evidence, including safety regulations and industry customs, and involve complex legal issues that impact an injured worker’s right to recovery – such as contractual indemnity and insurance obligations.
Injured workers must have an attorney not only experienced in workplace accidents, but in the legal issues surrounding construction projects to ensure a maximum and fair recovery. The attorneys at Feagans Law Group have the experience necessary to fight for the rights of construction injury victims. Please consider allowing us to Guide Your Path to Justice.