We Help Construction Workers Maximize Their Compensation
Construction sites are inherently dangerous. Whether working hundreds of feet in the air on a skyscraper or working on the ground next to high-speed traffic on I-71 or I-74, construction workers are constantly surrounded by danger. Heavy machinery and other hazards are just part of a normal day.
Even so, your employer has a duty to keep you and your co-workers safe from foreseeable harm. If you were injured in an accident while working at a construction site, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation regardless of who caused it. You may also be entitled to recover damages through a third-party lawsuit.
The work injury attorneys at Levy Law Offices can help you get benefits as quickly as possible, advocating on your behalf so you get full compensation. If you are eligible to file a lawsuit, we will help you prove the value of your case and get damages. Get started now. Se habla español.
Common Types Of Construction Accidents
Construction workplace injuries may be attributable to many factors. Common types of construction accidents and injuries include:
- Falls: Whether it is falling off ladders, scaffolding, roofs or machinery like cranes, falls are a common accident at construction sites. Strains, sprains and fractures often result from a bad fall.
- Falling objects: Building new structures and roads always requires moving materials from place to place. If heavy materials such as rock, brick or tools fall on you, even if you are wearing a hard hat, you can suffer serious skull injuries, brain trauma or spinal injuries.
- Machinery accidents: Construction requires the use of heavy machinery. Cranes, forklifts and nail guns pose a threat to safety when mishandled or defective.
- Hazardous materials: Explosions, chemicals spills, electric shock and toxic fumes are among the hazards that can cause serious injury at construction sites. These include burns, severe illness, paralysis and fatal injuries.
- Inclement weather: If a construction site is outdoors, stormy weather can increase the risk of injury both from lightning and moving water. Additionally, extreme temperatures can result in heat stroke or frostbite.
- Wrongful death: Any of the dangers associated with construction sites could lead to the death of a worker in a serious accident.
Regardless of how you suffered your workplace injury, you are entitled to relief through workers’ compensation, including medical benefits and income replacement benefits. We know how important these benefits are to you. That’s why we prepare and file your paperwork as quickly as we can and work toward reaching a speedy resolution.
Who Is Liable For My Injuries?
Depending on the facts of your case, one or more parties may be liable for the costs of your construction injury. Of course, regardless of the cause of your accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Ohio law. If a third party is to blame for your injuries, you may file a lawsuit against the negligent party. This could include construction site owners, general and subcontractors, manufacturers of faulty equipment, and other third parties.
Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. You do not have to prove negligence to get workers’ compensation benefits. Even if you were responsible for the accident, you can recover workers’ compensation. You only need to prove you were injured in the course of your employment.
If approved, you will receive benefits covering your medical bills, full or partial disability payments, wage loss compensation and death benefits for surviving family members.
In Ohio, you have two years to file for workers’ compensation, but we recommend getting started much sooner than that so you get the compensation you need.
Filing Third-Party Claims
If your construction injuries are due to another party’s negligence, you may be able to file a third-party claim for compensation in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
However, third-party claims do require that you prove someone was negligent. This means you must prove that a third party — usually, not your employer — caused your accident and injuries by doing something careless or reckless. You must also prove that your injuries are the result of that party’s negligence and must present evidence that helps you value your damages.
Liable parties in third-party claims can include:
- Other subcontractors — such as if another subcontractor wrecks a construction vehicle, fails to secure construction material that falls on you or misuses a power tool, causing your injury.
- Property owners — such as if the owner fails to maintain safe premises.
- Manufacturers of defective products — such as if a power tool malfunctions or heavy machinery contains a hazardous defect.
- In certain situations, even your employer — such as if the employer was grossly negligent or intentionally caused your injuries.
Third-party claims usually result in a higher payment than workers’ compensation benefits because they allow recovery of non-economic damages like pain and suffering, which are not recoverable in workers’ compensation claims.
However, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has a right to recover a portion of your third-party settlement or award. This process, called subrogation, can be confusing for injured workers with enough on their minds already. Levy Law Offices will address this complicated process for you to minimize the impact of subrogation on your recovery.
Fighting To Get You Financial Relief — Fast
The attorneys at Levy Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, have more than 30 years of experience advocating for people injured in construction accidents. If you were hurt at a construction site, contact us today for a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide you with the best possible resolution. Let us fight for you. Call 513-655-5089. We can help.