Construction sites are very dangerous places. People are injured on construction sites every day, so construction companies often set up a system to provide compensation to victims of injuries sustained at the construction site.
The amount of recovery generally depends upon whether the injured party is an employee or not, as well as the nature and severity of the injury. Most construction accident matters are handled by lawyers who are 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. This means that the injured person files a lawsuit against the general contractor in charge of the construction site, their insurance company, and any other responsible parties, such as subcontractors or negligent employees.
- Elements Prove to Recover as a Bystander or Non-Employee:
- The person or business was negligent or acting intentionally
- The negligence or intentional act 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. Thus, your claim for damages may be handled slightly differently, such as avoiding an actual lawsuit by your employer immediately providing you with compensation payments instead.
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 through that particular co-worker’s negligence or intentional activities.
Do You Need an Attorney?
If you have been injured by the intentional or negligent acts of another on a construction site, you should speak to an personal injury attorney immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies.