The construction industry is one of the largest business sectors in the United States, which employs millions of people each year. Construction projects are everywhere, as many different types of workers combine to build homes, buildings, roads, and bridges. The US Bureau of Labor estimates that the industry workforce is comprised of 7.1 million people.
Construction sites can be among the most dangerous places in the world. Hardly a week passes by without reports of someone seriously hurt or even killed in a construction accident. If you or a loved one is suffering from serious injuries because of a construction accident, you have legal options that should be discussed with an experienced construction accident lawyer.
Workers Compensation in Construction Accidents
If you’re hurt in a construction accident, you may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation. The same is true if you’re a surviving family member of someone who died in a construction accident.
The benefits you can receive from workers’ compensation may cover:
- Death benefits
- Potential disability benefits
- Partial compensation for lost wages
- Full coverage of medical costs
The benefits include cash, pharmacy benefits, supplement benefits, and medical goods benefits. You may also be able to receive workers’ compensation if you’re injured, even if you are at fault.
Filing a Liability Lawsuit
A lawyer can help you deal with all legal issues if there is a question of negligence. The lawyer can inform you of your options if your employer is negligent or if a third party is also accountable.
If a third party is negligent, you can then file a lawsuit against them. The third party can be any organization or person that is not your employer. It can be a supervisor or an employee who was grossly negligent, a maintenance company that didn’t provide proper service, or the manufacturer of a piece of equipment that failed. You can even file a suit against multiple parties.
You can ask for damages (monetary compensation) that can help you cover the losses you may entail as a result of your injuries. These damages can cover the lost wages during your treatment and future treatments and any lost earning potential for permanent injuries. You can ask for damages that can compensate for your pain and suffering, whether physical or psychological. However, you may need to pay for other healthcare-related expenses and for physical therapy. In a few extreme cases, you may even ask for punitive damages.
Benefits of Hiring a Construction Accident Lawyer
A lawyer who specializes in construction accident cases can be a great asset, as they can help you navigate through the complex legal hurdles. They can investigate the accident thoroughly to determine the negligent parties, and they can also gather evidence that supports your case.
At Ozols Law Firm, our construction accident lawyers provide free consultation to discuss and evaluate your case. With the right lawyer by your side, you can maximize the amount of compensation you’ll receive to pay for your medical expenses and recover any lost income.
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