Construction work is a part of the backbone of the American economy. Structures need to be built, and those who work in construction often risk their very lives to see to it that these structures are built on time and to code. Working in construction can be dangerous, though, and since many construction workers are independent contractors, they may not have the same safeguards in place as other workers in the event of a workplace accident (such as the ability to file a workers’ compensation claim). However, that does not mean you have no legal recourse in the event of a construction accident injury. If you were hurt while working construction and want to learn more about your legal options from a construction accident lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today.
Construction accident facts and statistics
According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured while doing their job every 7 seconds in the United States, and construction work was listed as among the top 5 occupations associated with on-the-job injury. Overexertion, physical contact with machines or objects, and slips, trips and falls were the top 3 causes of workplace injury overall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 30 million emergency room visits within a one-year were due to unintentional injury.
How a lawyer can help you recover damages
Although injured construction workers may not qualify to file for workers’ compensation benefits due to their status as independent contractors, they do have legal options in case of a workplace injury. If your client’s negligence resulted in your injury, you can sue your client for damages in civil court. For example, if your client was aware of a major hazard on the work site but neglected to inform their workers of that hazard and one of the workers became injured as a direct result of the hazard, this could be considered an act of gross negligence on the part of the client and injured workers could take legal action against them in an effort to recover damages.
Damages are determined by the courts based on various factors related to the injury, such as cost of medical care, cost of living, pain and suffering endured as a result of the accident, and lost wages resulting from being too injured to work. These damages can then be paid out to the injured party in the form of cash compensation.
Drexel Hill construction accident attorneys
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. specialize in handling construction accident claims, and we are available to assist you too. Contact us for a free consultation if you need a construction accident lawyer in Drexel Hill. We will work tirelessly to help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve as efficiently as possible, whether that means negotiating a settlement out of court or going all the way to trial. Call or click today to have your case evaluated for free.