Everyday two construction workers die of work-related injuries in the United States. One in five workplace fatalities are construction-related. The top causes of construction-related fatalities are falls, struck-by an object, electrocution and caught between objects.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult for an employee to sue their employer for on-the-job injuries other than using the workers’ compensation system. Sometimes, the owner of the premises or other contractors can be proven liable in cases where employees have been injured.
When someone has suffered from an accident at a construction site, they can encounter lots of medical and financial issues. In the midst of everything, you may be wondering if you should hire an attorney. More often than not, you should. Having an experienced construction accident attorney on your side will help you by understanding how to file a civil suit and under what legal theories to bring the action. They will also help you with your workers’ compensation claim. A good construction accident attorney can help you recover losses resulting from your accident at work and reduce the amount of paperwork and hassle associated with your possible insurance.
It’s important to know that if your employer or an insurance company comes to you with a settlement offer, don’t sign it without first consulting with an attorney. The settlement may not be in your best interests especially if you have more injuries or financial losses that aren’t accounted for in the offer.
Douglas McGinity is well versed in Louisiana state and national workplace safety, company negligence, product liability and transportation. He will help you deal with your workers compensation and insurance as well as settle your case. To learn more about how Douglas McGinity can help you, click here.