While a work injury can happen to anyone, some work environments and job duties are especially hazardous. The men and women who work within the construction industry are especially prone to suffering work-related injuries and the types of injuries they suffer tend to be serious and debilitating in nature.
So what happens in the case of a 24-year-old construction worker who falls from scaffolding while working at a construction site and suffers a severe spinal and brain injuries? When attempting to determine liability and possible legal remedies, much depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident as well as whether or not any third-parties are involved.
Injured construction workers are covered under worker’s compensation laws and can therefore file a claim directly with their employer and receive benefits to compensate for medical expenses, lost wages and even disability. In some cases, however, the amount of worker’s compensation awarded may be insufficient. In other cases, a third-party may be liable in causing or contributing to an individual’s injuries.
Depending on the project, numerous parties may be involved in overseeing and managing aspects of a construction site, the work being completed and, consequently, the construction workers. Individuals who may be considered liable in contributing to a construction accident and related injuries include sub-contractors, land owners, general contractors, machinery and equipment manufacturers, project engineers and architects and construction site insurance providers.
An attorney who handles personal injury and worker’s compensation matters can assist in helping an injured construction worker fight to receive the maximum amount of compensation to which he or she may be entitled.
Source: FindLaw.com, “Construction Injury Overview,” 2015