Through no fault of their own, a construction worker may develop a serious injury or become disabled due to a workplace accident. If you are the injured employee, the Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. will fight to protect your rights after an accident caused by another’s negligence threatens your lifestyle and places a financial burden on you and your loved ones. With extensive experience litigating work injury cases, we will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you need to cover the many expenses associated with your injuries.
Responsible Third Parties
Construction workers are exposed to danger every day and as such, generally try to avoid accidents that could put them in harm’s way. Unfortunately, despite safeguards at work sites and proper supervision by qualified supervisors, outside influences may contribute to a devastating incident that may render the worker temporarily or even permanently disabled.
A third-party entity such as a subcontractor or vendor involved with the project may be responsible for the accident. This may complicate matters when you are trying to recover the necessary funds to assist you and your loved ones during the healing process. Liable parties may also include construction site property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers, or architects. Likewise, equipment manufacturers may bear responsibility if equipment used during the accident is improperly designed, defective, inoperable, or poorly maintained. In third-party liability cases, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent company or individuals responsible for the workplace accident.
Types of Accidents
Construction accidents may contribute to severe injuries and fatalities for workers and others present at the job site. According to current statistics, thousands of construction employees are fatally injured in work-related accidents, and millions more are injured each year. Common construction accidents may include:
- Electrocution – Construction workers commonly work near power lines, putting them at serious risk for a potentially fatal electric shock. Defective power tools and other electrical equipment may also cause serious burns and other electrical injuries.
- Exposure to toxic chemicals – Construction work often involves demolition of older buildings that may contain harmful materials such as asbestos, silica, formaldehyde, and certain metals. Exposure to toxins such as gases or chemicals used in construction work may contribute to injuries such as poisoning, asphyxiation, and suffocation as well as occupational illnesses that may develop throughout a victim’s lifetime.
- Falling accidents – Falls are consistently one of the most common types of construction accidents. A falling incident may include scaffolding or roof collapses, falling objects and debris, falls in elevator shafts, slip, trip and fall accidents, and more.
- Machinery accidents – Improperly maintained or defective equipment can have catastrophic consequences. Construction equipment used to transport items such as cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, conveyor belts, hoists, tractors, dump trucks, and other vehicles may factor into serious accidents including motor vehicle accidents. Equipment used to perform tasks like jackhammers, nail guns, and welding gear may lead to injuries. Workers may be in danger if the individual becomes trapped between two heavy objects.
Filing a Third Party Liability Claim
Recovering full and fair compensation requires the skill of an experienced construction accident lawyer with a thorough understanding of these types of claims. Though you are likely covered under your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance, the benefits you receive may not be enough to fully compensate you for a serious injury. If the accident and resulting injuries were caused by the negligent or reckless actions of a third party, you may be entitled to additional compensation by filing a claim against the responsible party or parties. Similar to any other personal injury case, you must be able to show that the defendant had a duty to keep you safe, failed in that duty, and that failure was a direct cause of the injury you suffered.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Fight for Injury Victims
If you were injured in a construction accident or suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, contact an experienced and highly skilled Philadelphia construction accident lawyer at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. for legal counsel. Call us today at 888-999-1962 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern and Central New Jersey, and North Carolina.