Constructions sites can pose serious risks of injury to workers on the site, people passing by, or children drawn to parts of the site that might seem fun to investigate. Construction workers, in particular, suffer a higher rate of work-related injuries, and even death, than workers in most other industries.
A web of laws and regulations has grown around construction sites, in an effort to make such workplaces as safe as possible and to ensure that people who are hurt in construction accidents are not left to foot the resulting bills and handle the pain and suffering without compensation. For example, workers who are hurt on the job can get Workers’ Compensation benefits without having to prove that their employer was somehow at fault. On the other hand, if a worker is injured by someone or something unrelated to his employer, the worker may pursue additional compensation by proving that the other party was negligent, or that a defective product caused the worker’s injury. Passers-by who are hurt may also get compensation by showing that someone on the construction site acted negligently, and that that negligent behavior led to their injuries. In addition, premises liability law provides special protection to children injured on someone else’s property, even in situations that involve trespassing.
In all of those circumstances, the people who were injured may seek financial compensation for their medical bills, their pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Family members of people who were killed in construction accidents may themselves bring a claim of wrongful death.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, or if one of your family members lost his or her life in such an accident, you should discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Given the many people and companies that work together (or for each other) on larger construction sites, it may not always be easy to tell who should be held responsible for an injury. In addition, as noted above, different laws and regulations apply in different circumstances, depending on who was injured. In some cases, even the question of whether an injured person was an employee or not may not have a clear answer. And different deadlines, if not met, might bar you from receiving any compensation for the harm you suffered.
Throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, the law firm of Needle Law Firm has reached successful outcomes on behalf of people who were severely injured in construction accidents. We also help clients get the benefits they need through Workers’ Compensation insurance.
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