There are numerous dangers involved in the construction industry, including moving parts in equipment, pits and holes, falling objects, and electrical hazards, to name a few. These hazards make construction one of the most dangerous fields to work in, so safety precautions are of the utmost importance.
At times, these precautions may be neglected, either by employers, employees, contractors, vehicle operators, or some other party. This neglect can lead to serious injury and even death, making it highly important that you have a lawyer on your side. This can ensure you are properly compensated for any injuries you may suffer when working construction. If you have been injured in a construction accident, Hart David Carson is here to represent you.
Liability for Construction Accidents
Neglect of safety precautions is one of the root causes of construction accidents.
These accidents may involve the following hazards:
- High scaffolding, structures, and cranes
- Heavy equipment
- Large vehicles
- Falling or moving objects
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Holes and pits
- Sharp or unfinished surfaces
The precise cause of the accident will ultimately point toward who is responsible. At times, this may be your employer. However, in many cases, it is the fault of another party. Determining who is liable for your injury is important since it can affect how much compensation you can receive.
In order to be liable, the party must have shown negligence or carelessness that led to your injury. For instance, they must have had a duty to uphold certain safety measures and failed to meet that duty. To qualify for compensation, that failure to fulfill their duties must have resulted in your injury.
In many instances, workers’ compensation simply is not enough. It is primarily designed to ensure employers compensate employees for lost earning ability and injuries suffered on the job. However, since many construction-related injuries involve a third party (such as a vehicle or equipment operator, the property owner, equipment manufacturers, or contractor), worker’s compensation will often be insufficient.
In a personal injury lawsuit, you have the option to get more than the bare-bones minimum provided through most workers’ comp claims. You will not only be able to get compensation for medical bills and lost hours, but also punitive damages, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish. Pursuing these claims requires the assistance of a skilled construction accident lawyer in Chicago. Our attorneys assess your case and determine just how much compensation you can receive, then fight on your behalf to obtain it.
Personal Injury Lawsuit Assistance
Hart David Carson will assess your claim to determine its viability. After weighing its strengths and weaknesses, we are able to develop a detailed plan to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys can help you get compensation beyond the basic workers’ compensation benefits, including:
- Higher compensation for medical care
- Physical therapy costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning ability
- Lost wages
- Disability benefits
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
If you have been injured in a construction accident, seek legal assistance immediately. It is crucial to act quickly since construction sites and working situations shift frequently, meaning the people responsible for your injury and the evidence needed to prove your case may quickly disappear.
For a free consultation with our attorneys, contact Hart David Carson today.
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