Construction sites are dangerous, especially when others fail to take necessary precautions. Accidents can lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more. Our construction accident lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys can help you file an insurance claim or lawsuit to pursue financial recovery.
When you’re injured while on duty on a construction site, you should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits; however, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may hold a third party liable instead.
Recovering Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to all workers on a construction site, regardless of whether their negligence contributed to their accident. Workers’ compensation will cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages.
If you lost a loved one in a construction accident, we can help you seek death benefits through a workers’ compensation claim.
Filing a Third-Party Claim
Workers’ compensation only covers a small portion of your losses. If a party that is not your employer caused or contributed to your accident, you can hold them liable for your damages. You could recover compensation for:
- Lost income from the time you had to take off work
- Lost earning capacity
- Current and ongoing medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Your potential compensation Depends on the severity of your injuries and their effect on your life. If you lost a loved one in a construction accident, our lawyers can also pursue a liable party with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Recovering from serious injuries requires all your focus. You shouldn’t be worried about gathering evidence and building a case. That’s what our team is for. We can handle all the following on your behalf:
- Gathering evidence: We can find the evidence necessary to prove you deserve workers’ compensation benefits or compensation through a third-party claim.
- Communicate with all involved parties: Speaking with an insurance adjuster can be an unnerving experience. It’s very easy to say something that jeopardizes your case. For this reason, we handle all communication with the insurance companies and other parties. If the insurance adjuster attempts to speak with you, direct them to us.
- Identify all negligent parties: Construction sites are busy places with many different companies working together on a project.
Workers’ compensation laws prohibit injured construction workers from holding their employer liable for their injuries, even if the employer’s negligence caused the injuries. However, we may be able to hold a third party liable if they caused or contributed to your injuries. Potentially liable parties include:
- Subcontractors, e.g., those who installed the flooring or built the scaffolding
- General contractors with a different company
- Manufacturers of defective equipment
- Construction site owners
Our team will investigate your accident to identify all liable parties.
There are a few different things injured workers can do to protect their right to compensation after a construction site accident:
Report Your Accident to Your Supervisor
You need to report your accident to your manager as soon as possible. In South Carolina, you have 90 days to notify your supervisor of an injury. In North Carolina, you have only 30 days.
We recommend that you do so in writing. If you fail to notify your manager of your injury within the allotted time, you will likely be unable to recover workers’ compensation benefits.
Be Sure You See an Approved Doctor
Your insurer limits which doctors you can see for your work injuries. Approved doctors should be listed in a common area, such as a break room. If you cannot find this information, ask your employer. If you see an unapproved doctor, your medical bills may not be covered.
Also, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders until your treatment is complete.
Secure Your Medical Records
Keep copies of your medical records in a safe place. This will help us establish your case.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Once you have received medical care, give us a call. The earlier you call us, the earlier we can get started on your case. You should also act quickly because there is a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer may deny your claim for any of the following reasons:
- You intentionally injured yourself.
- Your injury occurred during horseplay or a fight at work.
- The accident occurred because you were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
- You did not receive care from an approved medical provider.
- You were injured outside the workplace.
- You did not inform your employer within the allotted amount of time.
- You refused medical care.
Invalid denials occur all too frequently. Our team will determine whether or not the denial was valid. Once we have figured out why your workers’ compensation claim was denied, we can file an appeal.
Yes. Our services are available on a contingency-fee basis. You pay us nothing up front, and we don’t recover attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation.
We also offer free consultations, so there’s no financial risk when you work with our team.
Our team can handle all types of accidents, including:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Electric shocks
- Slips and falls
- Car accidents involving construction vehicles
- Being crushed by heavy equipment
- Being hit by falling equipment
- Accidents caused by an equipment malfunction
- Other accidents caused by dangerous conditions
We can help after all types of construction accidents.
These accidents may lead to various types of severe injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
Even if you don’t see your injuries on this list, we may still be able to help you recover fair compensation.
Our team wants to help you get the compensation you deserve after a workplace accident. We can help you with a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim against a third party.
Call us today for your free consultation. Remember that you pay us nothing until you win.