A construction site holds danger at every turn. Every day, workers are put at risk for falls, electrical burns, and other potentially fatal hazards. Even in spite of safety programs and OSHA regulations, thousands of accidents happen at construction sites every year.
In the construction world, there is no such thing as a “minor accident.” Even a relatively slight injury can leave you unable to work for months. A major accident, on the other hand, can lead to severe burns, amputations, head injuries, coma, and even wrongful death. In many cases, a workplace accident for a construction worker is a career-ending event. Still, even when the negligence of your contractor or employer clearly caused your accident, insurance companies can be slow and even reluctant to give you the compensation benefits you deserve.
When an on-the-job accident happens due to insufficient safety precautions, someone must be held responsible, and we can help. At the Law Offices of Mast, Mast, Johnson, Wells & Trimyer P.A., our Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys have years of experience handling all types of compensation claims. We are familiar with local laws, including North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, and know how to fight contractors and insurance companies to make sure that you get sufficient compensation for your damages, pain, and suffering.
Causes of Construction Accidents
There are a number of ways for even safety-conscious workers to suffer serious injuries on construction sites. The Cochran Firm’s personal injury lawyers have seen these accidents, and we understand how to handle the legal consequences of them.
Common construction site accidents include:
- Scaffolding falls
- Electric shocks
- Chemical spills
- Crane accidents
- Falling materials, such as rock or brick
These accidents obviously present significant danger to on-site workers. Many of our clients suffered serious brain injuries as a result of their construction accidents.
Your Legal Options
Construction accident litigation is usually quite complicated, as there are a number of different parties who can usually be said to possess some liability for your accident. That’s why choosing the experienced, proven personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm is so important.
Your options after your accident will largely be determined by the laws of your state. There are usually two paths, most determined by the laws of your state:
In some states, just about all worksite accidents and injuries must be handled through the state’s workers’ compensation system. This makes it difficult to pursue a personal injury case through the courts, though even in these states some circumstances will permit such a suit. On the other hand, some states permit personal injury actions based off workplace accidents in far more situations.
Consult a Raleigh Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
When you are injured on the job, workers’ compensation can offer you and your family the financial relief needed to cover medical bills and lost wages, and allow you to focus on recovery ahead. Whether you settle or take your case to trial, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can make sure that your claims are heard. Contact the Law Offices of Mast, Mast, Johnson, Wells & Trimyer P.A. to schedule a free consultation with a top Raleigh workers compensation lawyer today.