Types of Construction Accident Claims
From job site safety hazards to defective equipment, construction workers face many risks every day. If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, you need compensation to support your family and cover your medical bills. Fields Law Firm is one of the largest and most respected work injury law firms in Minnesota, and our Construction Accident Attorneys can help you get compensation to cover your expenses.
You’re not alone after your construction accident – we’re Minnesota’s resource for injured workers, and we’re here to help you through the claims process. Just complete our free contact request form or dial 1-888-343-5375 to Get Fields! on your side.
Construction Accident Client Success Story
A 24 year-old construction worker suffered a fractured vertebra while he was working on a job site when he was lifting concrete and heavy equipment for a construction company. His injury required an extensive spinal fusion surgery. The construction company retaliated against the construction worker following his injury, pressuring him not to tell his doctor that the injury occurred at work.
Our team helped the injured construction worker pursue claims against his employer for both its retaliation against him and for the workers compensation benefits that the employer and the workers compensation insurer owed him.
Our Construction Accident Attorneys settled this case for $160,000, with the agreement that the employer and its insurer would continue to pay future medical treatment the employee will reasonably require for his back injury.
Construction Accident Claims We Handle
At Fields Law, we have experience helping workers injured in a variety of construction accident claims, such as:
- Collapse of Walls, Columns, or Roofs
- Crane and Forklift Accidents
- Electrical Accidents
- Equipment Malfunction
- Falling Objects
- Fatal Injuries and Wrongful Death
- Highway Construction
- Inadequate Supervision
- Ladder Accidents
- Negligent Workers on the Job Site
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Subcontractor Negligence
- Trench Cave-Ins
You have legal rights after your construction accident, and we’re here to help protect those rights. Our Minneapolis construction accident lawyers will take the time to listen to you, and we can help you get the money you need to support your family while you get better.
Who is Liable for Construction Accidents?
If you are injured while working on a construction site, your employer is primarily liable for your workers compensation benefits, such as medical expenses, wage loss, and any resulting permanent disability due to your work injury. However, if your injury is caused by the fault of another person or company, called a third party, such as another contractor (not your employer), or a manufacturer of equipment, you may have a claim for personal injury against the third party.
What is the benefit of bringing a third-party claim?
In general, the most significant difference between work comp cases and third-party liability claims, is that in third-party liability claims, a person may be entitled to receive compensation for additional damages that are not available in workers compensation claims, such as pain and suffering, loss of future earnings capacity, and loss of consortium (generally, the loss of services, comfort and companionship of your spouse). The difference is that third-party liability claims are litigated in district courts, and work comp claims are litigated in administrative courts.
Fault of another company
An example of a construction site injury that can result in the right to bring a third-party liability claim follows: Consider that there is subcontractor on site working on installing the elevators in a high-rise building. You are working for the painting contractor and just finished painting on the third floor. Unbeknownst to you, the elevator contractor is working on the elevator car on the first floor, but has not turned the elevator off. Holding a lot of painting equipment, you press the elevator call button to leave for the day. The elevator doors open, but the elevator is not there. You do not see that the car itself did not arrive, but assume it did because the doors opened and you heard the tone, and you start to back up with all your equipment. You fall two floors down to the top of the elevator car and are injured. You can bring a third-party liability claim against the elevator contractor for the negligence in failing to turn the power off, or otherwise disable the elevator doors, which would have prevented your injury.
Another example of a construction site injury that can result in the right to bring a third-party liability claim follows: You are working as a framing carpenter, employed by a subcontractor at a construction site, and brought your brand-new electric saw that you just received from the manufacturer to assist with your duties. While cutting wood with this new saw, the guard suddenly detaches because it was improperly installed by the manufacturer and you sustain a serious cut to your hand. You can bring a third-party liability claim against the manufacturer of the electric saw for the failure to properly install the guard, which would have prevented your injury.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, call Fields Law Firm to determine what potential claims you may have to compensate you for your injuries.