What a construction worker is able to recover following an on-the-job accident depends largely on which avenue of compensation pursued.
In Pennsylvania, injured construction workers are often entitled to benefits through the state's workers' compensation system. This no-fault system covers the cost of related authorized medical care, compensates for lost wages, and provides partial or total disability benefits—even if the construction worker was partially or fully responsible for the accident resulting in injuries.
While there are obvious advantages to collecting workers' compensation after a construction site accident—such as not having to prove negligence in order to receive benefits—for workers with severe injuries, these benefits may not provide the full range of compensation they need and deserve.
However, construction crew members injured by a worker from another company may have grounds for a third-party construction accident claim, which allows them to seek a much broader array of damages.
In addition to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning potential, plaintiffs in a third-party construction accident case can also attempt to recover damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring or disfigurement, reduced quality of life, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Third-party personal injury claims are filed far more often than most people realize. They're especially common in the construction industry, as jobsites are bustling and inherently hazardous places where employees from numerous companies work side-by-side to complete an overall project.
Do You Have a Third-Party Construction Accident Case?
If you were injured in a construction site accident and think you may have grounds for a third-party personal injury claim, it's important to understand all of your legal rights and options before making decisions that could affect your case.
The experienced workers' compensation attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can review the facts of your construction accident case and offer our advice on how best to proceed. Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case analysis.