Serious construction accidents are a daily occurrence in the United States. In fact, more than 200,000 construction accidents result in injury each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some of the most common and dangerous types of construction accidents include falls, electrocutions, exposure to hazardous materials, and struck-by object or caught-in between incidents.
The injuries sustained in a construction accident vary, but may include:
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries or vision loss
- Head or brain injuries
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Amputation or loss of limbs
Any of these injuries can require extensive medical treatment and a long period of recovery, and may even render the construction crew member temporarily or permanently unable to work. Fortunately, in Pennsylvania, injured construction workers aren't without legal rights and protections, and may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other losses.
Who's responsible for compensating construction workers for on-the-job injuries depends on a variety of factors. The Pennsylvania workers' compensation system is often the first and only recourse for injured construction workers. This no-fault system compensates accident victims for medical expenses and lost wages. However, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act shields employers from personal injury cases brought by their employees.
Sometimes construction accident injuries aren't caused by the negligence of employers or coworkers, but by the negligence of someone who's an independent contractor or employed by another company. In such cases, the injured construction worker may have grounds for a third-party construction accident claim, and the other worker or company may be financially responsible for their injuries.
Consult a Knowledgeable Construction Accident Attorney
Third-party construction accident claims can be extremely complex. However, there are numerous benefits to pursing them—specifically, injured workers can seek compensation for non-economic damages like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other damages.
Not sure if you have grounds for a third-party accident claim? The Accident and Injury Law Group offers prospective clients a free initial case analysis. Contact a workers' compensation attorney today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.