Construction Accidents and Injuries
What to Do if You Are Injured in a Construction Accident
Construction sites are very dangerous places. People are injured on construction sites every day, and a system has been set up to provide them compensation. The amount of recovery generally relates to whether the injured party is an employee or not. Most construction accident matters are handled by lawyers experienced in dealing with construction companies and their insurance companies, because the subject matter is often complex.
Construction Accidents Involving Bystanders or Non-Employees
Construction accidents involving bystanders or non-employees are treated like normal personal injury matters. The injured person files a lawsuit against the general contractor in charge of the construction site, their insurance company, and any other responsible parties.
Elements to Prove to Recover for a Construction Accident if You Are a Bystander or Non-Employee:
- The person or business was careless or negligent
- The negligence caused the accident
- The accident caused the injuries
Construction Accidents Involving Employees
If you are injured at the construction site while you are working, generally workers' compensation laws will apply to you.
The law mandates that employers participate in an insurance program that provides compensation to employees that are injured on the job site. If you are injured at work you will want to file a workers' compensation claim immediately. Workers compensation will pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.
Exception to Workers' Compensation
The injured party may recover more than the workers compensation limits is if there are multiple contractors on the site and if the worker is injured due to the negligence of another contractor. Workers compensation also usually does not apply to situations in which the employee is injured by a co-worker, or intentional activities.
Do You Need an Attorney if You Are Injured on a Construction Site?
If you have been injured by the intentional or negligent acts of another on a construction site, you should speak to an attorney immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies.
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Last Modified: 05-13-2011 08:04 AM PDT