Construction Accident Attorneys
Though construction companies are required to provide a reasonably safe worksite, to have safety engineers conduct regular inspections, to warn of hazards inherent in the site and work, to hire careful employees, to coordinate job safety, and to supervise compliance with safety regulations, construction accidents still occur due to the inadequacy of these provisions. As a result, hundreds of construction workers are injured or killed in on-site accidents each year.
In the event of a construction injury, a thorough investigation and evaluation of the cause(s)--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling construction accidents--is always the best way to proceed. Once the cause of the construction accident, the severity of the work-related injury, and the availability of insurance are determined and liability is ascertained, a construction injury lawyer and the victim can reach an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a lawsuit or other legal option.
Several key factors can influence that decision, such as workers compensation benefits. The Workers' Compensation Act provides clearly defines benefits to workers injured on the job or workers who suffer an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment. The benefits under workman's comp include weekly payments based on a percentage of the employee's average weekly wage. These weekly payments are provided for temporary total disability, partial disability, permanent and total disability, permanent loss of function, and disfigurement. Workers comp also covers medical expenses for any treatment that is reasonable, necessary, and related to the industrial injury, as well as vocational rehabilitation services. Unfortunately, workers compensation alone may be insufficient compensation, especially in the case of very serious and catastrophic personal injuries like those that can occur at construction sites.
When a construction site accident occurs, third-party liability also comes into account, making these cases complicated and arduous to litigate and negotiate. The construction company, architects, property owners, insurance companies, and construction equipment manufacturers involved in the construction project all can be held accountable. A construction injury lawyer may consider filing claims against the general contractor, who may be responsible for supervision and contractually responsible for the injury. However, since most sites involve many subcontractors and other legal entities, it is very common for construction injury attorneys to locate several potential third party defendants, as well. Third-party negligence cases require immediate attention and expertise because the responsible third party may be difficult to locate and evidence such as a piece of defective machinery, improperly constructed scaffolding, faulty power tools, malfunctioning gas detectors, or other broken equipment needs to be preserved.
The skilled personal injury lawyers and construction injury lawyers at Schwartz Roller LLP have successfully represented many victims injured in construction accidents. They understand the complexities of investigating, litigating, negotiating, and resolving construction injury claims and are fully knowledgeable of the liability issues, medical ramifications, and legal options involved. Our resources include a top-notch team of professional investigators and experts who can analyze the evidence and help our construction injury attorneys obtain swift justice and maximum compensation for victims of construction accident injury.
If you have suffered a construction injury, or if a loved one has died as the result of injuries sustained in a construction accident, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. A construction injury lawyer on our team can offer you a free, confidential evaluation of your case and advise you of your rights.
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