If you were injured in a construction accident or if you know someone who was, you may have a lot of questions about how you can recover compensation and what you will be required to prove. Below is a list of frequently asked questions specifically about construction accidents and personal injury claims. If you have any further questions about your situation specifically or if you would like to begin the process of filing a claim, contact a lawyer from Mesa Law Firm.
Construction work is notorious for being dangerous by nature. This is because workers are involved in repairing, rebuilding and constructing structures with heavy materials and potentially dangerous equipment. Buildings are high, so in order to complete work at the top of the building, workers must climb heights. Furthermore, electricity and welding is a fundamental part of the construction industry. Most construction accidents are traced back to the lack of proper safety equipment provided to workers, hazardous work conditions or the lack of training.
There are a number of parties that may contribute to a construction accident. The automatic attention turns first to the employer or supervisor, who is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for his or her employees. Employers are covered by workers compensation insurance, which provides payment to injured workers while protecting employers from lawsuits. Workers compensation also covers negligence or carelessness on the part of another employee that contributed to the accident. Third parties may also be held liable for injuries that are caused by negligence or ignorance on their part, such as manufacturing companies for construction material and equipment.
Yes. As a construction worker, you are entitled to obtain compensation for any injuries that you sustain on the job regardless of fault. Your employer is required to have workers compensation insurance available to his or her employees in the event that one of them is injured. Workers compensation is paid to construction workers who are injured in work accidents and includes a limited amount of damages for medical expenses and wage compensation.
Not necessarily. While workers compensation does restrict an employee from suing his or her employer for damages, the involvement of a third party may constitute a new claim. Many construction accidents are traced back to material defects, malfunction of equipment and mismarked electrical wires. If another party, such as a manufacturing company or an offsite utilities company, was responsible for or contributed to your accident, you may be able to hold them accountable for their negligence.
As a bystander injured on or by a construction site, you have every right to seek compensation from the property owner or site supervisor who is responsible. Consult with your personal injury attorney to determine whether you have grounds to pursue a premises liability or personal injury claim and who the culprit is.
Expert witnesses are individuals that contribute to personal injury claims by providing special insight into the standards, requirements and expectations of professionals. In construction accident claims, it is especially important to have the testimony of a safety expert attesting to the fact that the conditions of the site were below safety requirements and that the defendant should have reasonably acted to prevent the injuries.
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