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At Friday & Cox, LLC, we understand the difficulties workers face when they suffer an injury on a construction job. If you’ve been injured while working in construction, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and other forms of financial relief. 

Our Pittsburgh construction accident attorneys are here to help guide you through this complicated process and protect your rights. 

We have decades of combined experience handling workers’ compensation claims for injured workers throughout Western Pennsylvania, so you can rest assured knowing that your case is in good hands with us. We are committed to fighting for the benefits workers deserve and we will fight for your rights every step of the way. 

Contact us today to get started with a free case evaluation.

To schedule a free case evaluation, give our team a call at (412) 900-8250 today.

Common Construction Accidents

Construction workers are at a high risk of suffering injuries due to the hazardous nature of their work. From slips and falls to explosions and electrocutions, workers in this industry are exposed to numerous dangers that can lead to significant injuries or even death. While there are laws designed to protect workers from these potential risks, construction workers are exposed to hazards and accidents regularly.  

Some of the most common construction accidents we see include the following:

  • Slips and Falls: Slips and falls are one of the most common accidents experienced by workers in the construction industry. These incidents often occur due to slippery surfaces, dangerous tools or materials left out, inadequate lighting, defective ladders or scaffolding, and improper safety precautions. The result can be serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, neck injuries, spinal cord damage, lacerations, back strain/sprains, or even paralysis. 
  • Electrocution: Power lines strung across worksites present an obvious hazard for workers who may come into contact with them accidentally or while using tools that have not been adequately insulated. Electrical shocks can cause severe burns and may even be fatal if the voltage is strong enough. To prevent these accidents, employers must ensure that workers are aware of power lines in their area and take measures to isolate them where possible.
  • Falling Objects: Workers on construction sites are often exposed to falling objects due to heavy machinery and tools being used overhead. Head protection should always be worn when working, but it is also vital for employers to ensure that appropriate barriers have been put in place so that any falling debris does not pose a threat to the workers below. Falling objects can cause serious head injuries, including concussions and skull fractures, which could result in permanent disability or death if not treated promptly and correctly. 
  • Explosions: Explosions caused by combustible materials such as gas tanks or flammable liquids can be hazardous for workers on site if safety protocols are not followed correctly. The consequences of an explosion can include burns, chemical poisonings, hearing loss, and physical trauma, such as broken bones or dislocation of joints due to shockwaves traveling through bodies upon impact – all potentially life-threatening if immediate medical attention is not sought after the incident has occurred. 
  • Exposure Hazards: Common materials on construction sites, such as asbestos insulation boards or lead paint, may contain toxic substances. Employers must instate safety protocols and standards and provide protective equipment when their employees are working with dangerous materials.

Construction sites involve many hazards. If you are injured by one or more of these hazards, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation or a personal injury claim.

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Understanding Your Rights After a Construction Accident

Being involved in a construction accident can be a traumatic experience, and it's important to know your rights and options moving forward. At Friday & Cox, our experienced attorneys are dedicated to empowering victims of construction accidents in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding areas.

When you choose our firm, you can expect:

  • Nationally recognized legal representation: Our firm has a proven track record of success in handling construction accident cases, and our attorneys have been recognized for their expertise in this area of law.
  • Workers' compensation guidance: If you've been injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Our team can help you navigate the complex process of filing a claim and ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.
  • Comprehensive support: We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a construction accident can take on your life. Our lawyers will provide compassionate support and guidance throughout the legal process.

Common types of construction accidents we handle include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Crane accidents
  • Trench collapses

Workers’ Compensation for Construction Workers in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation provides financial assistance to workers who have been injured on the job or suffer from a work-related illness. It is a form of insurance that employers are required to have for their workers in order to provide them with protection if something happens while they are at work.

It is important to note that, in most cases, you cannot sue your employer for a personal injury as Pennsylvania has safeguards in place to prevent frivolous lawsuits; however, there are some exceptions to this rule. 

First, you can sue your employer if they fail to provide the legally mandated workers’ compensation insurance. The other exception is that you may sue if they intentionally commit a tort unrelated to work, such as assaulting you with a piece of equipment. This exception is more delicate and depends on contextual nuances to be successfully argued. If you suspect this has happened to you, contact us as soon as possible.

Workers' Compensation Benefits for Pittsburgh Construction Workers

Workers’ compensation benefits are provided through workers’ compensation insurance or a state workers’ compensation fund. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry administers the workers’ compensation insurance program and the state workers’ compensation fund. Workers’ compensation insurance is provided by private insurers and is regulated by the Pennsylvania Insurance Commission.

The amount of workers’ compensation benefits a worker can receive depends on various factors such as age, occupation, type of injury or illness, and length of disability. Generally speaking, workers in Pennsylvania who are injured on the job can receive up to two-thirds of their average weekly wages up to a maximum weekly payout that changes yearly. This can last for up to 500 weeks for total disability (depending on their particular circumstances).

In addition to financial assistance, workers may be eligible for other benefits, including medical care related to workplace injury or illness and vocational rehabilitation services to help them get back into the workforce.

Understanding Your Workers' Compensation Rights

Employers must provide their employees with notice regarding workers’ compensation rights when hired, which should include specific details about how workers can obtain benefits if they experience an on-the-job injury or illness. An injured worker is also entitled to certain legal protections under Pennsylvania law.

These protections include the following:

  • Notification requirements
  • Timelines for filing claims
  • Appeals process
  • Penalties imposed against employers who fail to carry workers’ compensation coverage
  • Penalties imposed against employers who retaliate against injured workers who file claims

Third-PartY Lawsuits in Construction Accidents

When a construction worker is injured on the job, their primary source of compensation is usually workers' compensation. In exchange for these benefits, workers typically cannot sue their employers for additional damages.

In some cases, however, an injured worker can pursue a third-party claim if someone other than their employer contributed to the accident. Third-party claims allow the injured worker to seek additional compensation, which can cover a broader range of damages than workers' compensation, including pain and suffering.

Common types of third parties include:

  • Subcontractors: If a subcontractor's negligence leads to an accident, they can be held liable.
  • Property Owners: Property owners may be liable if unsafe conditions on their property contribute to an accident.
  • Equipment Manufacturers: Manufacturers can be held responsible if defective machinery or equipment causes an injury.
  • Architects and Engineers: Design professionals may be liable if their plans or oversight contributed to unsafe conditions.

Negotiating a Construction Accident Settlement: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Construction accidents can lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, negotiating a settlement can provide crucial compensation to help you recover. Here’s what to expect during the negotiation process and how to prepare effectively.

What to Expect

  1. Initial Investigation and Documentation: After a construction accident, a thorough investigation is conducted to gather evidence. This includes accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and photographs of the accident scene and injuries. Ensuring all relevant documentation is collected is crucial for building a strong case.
  2. Liability Determination: Determining who is liable is a critical step. In construction accidents, multiple parties such as subcontractors, property owners, and equipment manufacturers might be responsible. Establishing liability often involves reviewing safety records, maintenance logs, and compliance with safety regulations.
  3. Calculating Damages: Damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Accurate calculation of these damages is essential. Medical bills, employment records, and personal documentation of pain levels and daily struggles play a significant role in this process.
  4. Negotiation Process: Negotiations typically begin with a demand letter outlining the details of the accident, the extent of the injuries, and the compensation sought. The other party, usually represented by an insurance company, will respond with a counteroffer. This back-and-forth negotiation aims to reach a fair settlement amount.

How to Prepare

  1. Gather Evidence: Collect all necessary evidence, including accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and photographs. Ensure this documentation is comprehensive and well-organized, as it forms the foundation of your case.
  2. Consult an Attorney: Engage a lawyer experienced in construction accident claims. An attorney can help navigate the complexities of the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure your rights are protected.
  3. Understand Your Damages: Work with your attorney to understand the full scope of your damages. This includes immediate medical expenses and long-term costs like ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and lost earning potential.
  4. Be Patient and Persistent: Settlement negotiations can take time. Be prepared for a potentially lengthy process and remain patient. Persistence is key to ensuring you receive fair compensation.
  5. Stay Informed and Involved: Stay informed about the progress of your case and actively participate in the negotiation process. Regular communication with your attorney and understanding each step can help you feel more in control and prepared.

Evidence Needed to Win a Construction Accident Lawsuit

Winning a construction accident claim requires substantial evidence to demonstrate the cause of the accident, the extent of the injuries, and the liability of the responsible parties. Here are the common types of evidence needed:

  • Accident Reports: Accident reports, including incident reports filed by supervisors and OSHA reports, provide initial details about the accident and any cited safety violations. These reports are crucial for establishing the circumstances of the accident.
  • Medical Records: Medical records, such as emergency room records, doctor's reports, and medical bills, document the diagnosis, treatment, and costs associated with the injuries. These records are essential for demonstrating the extent and impact of the injuries.
  • Witness Statements: Witness statements from coworkers and other individuals present at the scene offer firsthand accounts of the accident. These testimonies can provide valuable insights into how the accident occurred.
  • Photographs and Videos: Photographs and videos of the accident scene and injuries can visually depict the conditions and harm suffered. Surveillance footage can capture the accident as it happened, providing critical evidence.
  • Expert Testimonies: Expert testimonies from medical professionals, safety experts, and accident reconstructionists can help explain the severity of the injuries, safety violations, and how the accident occurred. These experts provide authoritative opinions that support the claim.
  • Employment and Wage Records: Employment and wage records, including pay stubs and tax returns, help calculate lost wages and demonstrate the financial impact of the injury. These records show the worker's earnings before the accident.
  • Construction Site Records: Site plans, blueprints, safety inspection reports, and equipment maintenance logs provide insights into the construction site's conditions and potential hazards. These documents can highlight safety issues that contributed to the accident.
  •  Personal Documentation: Personal documentation, such as diary entries and correspondence, provides a personal account of the injury's impact on daily life. These records offer a subjective perspective on pain levels and daily challenges.
  • Financial Documentation: Financial documentation, including receipts and bank statements, shows the expenses incurred due to the injury and the impact of lost wages on the worker's finances. This evidence supports claims for compensation beyond medical bills.
  • Regulatory and Compliance Documents: Regulatory and compliance documents, such as permits, licenses, and violation notices, demonstrate whether the construction site met legal standards. These documents can reveal any non-compliance that contributed to the accident.

Contact Our Pittsburgh Construction Injury Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, don't hesitate to contact us for reliable representation in Western Pennsylvania. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action.

Friday & Cox, LLC is On Your Side

Our Pittsburgh construction accident attorneys are here to help you through this difficult and painful time. When we take your case, we will also handle all official communication between doctors, insurers, witnesses, and any other party that can contribute to your lawsuit so that you can focus on getting well. In the meantime, we are happy to offer support, guidance, and compassion. We have teams standing by to answer inquiries 24/7, so do not hesitate to call if you have questions. 

The lawyers at Friday & Cox, LLC are on your side. To schedule a free case evaluation, please give us a call at (412) 900-8250 or contact us online today.

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Construction Accident FAQs

  • What should I do if I've been injured in a construction accident?

    If you've been injured in a construction accident, you should:

    • Seek medical attention immediately and report the incident to your employer.
    • Document the details of the accident, including any witnesses and evidence.
    • File a workers' compensation claim to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
    • Consult with an experienced construction accident lawyer to protect your rights and explore your legal options.
  • What types of injuries are common in construction accidents?

    Construction accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, including:

  • Can I sue someone other than my employer for a construction accident?

    In some cases, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party who was responsible for your construction accident injury.

    Examples of third parties that may be held liable include:

    • Property owners
    • General contractors
    • Subcontractors
    • Equipment manufacturers

    Consult with a construction accident lawyer in Pittsburgh to evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against a third party.

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