Construction site accidents may be complex. Although some workplace injuries result in a relatively straightforward claim, accidents involving the construction industry have the potential to involve multiple defendants and multiple theories of relief. The skillful Stuart construction accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can guide you through the nuances of this process. Since the harm resulting from these events is often devastating and life-changing, victims and their loved ones should consult a workplace injury lawyer who can help them fully explore their options.
According to the United States Department of Labor (DOL), being a construction worker is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. The risk of catastrophic and fatal injuries is so high that the DOL maintains a “fatal four” list of the most dangerous types of workplace accidents on construction sites: falls, electrocutions, blows from an object, and situations in which workers are caught in equipment or crushed in a collapsing structure. Injuries such as herniated discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, amputations, sprains, and strains also happen with alarming frequency in the construction industry.Holding a Third Party Accountable for a Construction Accident
Many construction workers qualify for workers’ compensation benefits when they are hurt at work or suffer a work-related illness. However, due to the nature of construction work, a person who is hurt on a job site also may be entitled to pursue other monetary compensation through a third-party negligence lawsuit. Although an employee may not sue an employer for negligence in most situations, it may be possible for a worker to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from someone other than their employer. The employee would need to show that the third party breached a legal duty that was owed to the worker and that the worker suffered compensable damages as a direct and proximate result.
The families of workers who are killed on the job may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent third party. Depending on the situation, potential defendants in third-party actions for personal injury or wrongful death may include the construction site owner, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and the makers of defective or unreasonably dangerous tools or equipment.Discuss Your Construction Accident Case with a Stuart Attorney
Because of the many variables that may factor into the outcome of a construction accident, it pays to talk to a personal injury or wrongful death attorney about your legal rights as soon as possible after you have been hurt. The knowledgeable Stuart construction accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston serve injured workers in Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, and other communities throughout Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties. For an appointment, call us in Stuart at 772-266-5555 or in West Palm Beach at 561-299-3999, or you can contact us online. There is no charge for the initial consultation, and, in most cases, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, thus requiring no legal fees upfront to start your case.