Like everywhere else in Pennsylvania, the residential and commercial construction industry is strong in Somerset County. Unemployment rates have remained low in Somerset County thanks in part, to the need for construction workers. While a strong construction industry is good for the economy and job numbers, construction and worksite accident attorneys are well aware that a strong construction industry may not be as good for construction accident numbers.
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in which to be employed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides that 1 out of 5 workplace fatalities takes place in the construction industry and there were 971 construction accident fatalities across the country in 2017. Besides fatalities, there were many more construction accident injuries as well. When construction accidents occur, injured construction workers deserve to be compensated and depending on the circumstances, there are several claims that may be made for recovery.
Types of construction accident claims that may be brought
Construction accident claims that may be available to construction accident victims include workers’ compensation and third party claims. See below for a more detailed explanation.
- Workers’ Compensation
- Workers’ compensation claim made for injuries sustained on the job.
- Petition for penalties may be filed when a workers’ compensation insurance company violates the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Such violations may include failure to make timely payments, wrongfully terminating benefits, or failing to investigate your claim before denying it. In these cases penalties may be assigned to an insurance company including up to 50% of the amount past due owed to the injured worker.
- Third party personal injury claims
- Personal injury claim when someone outside of your employment caused your accident. For example if you are in a car accident while working or you are struck by a motor vehicle while flagging at a construction site, you may have a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims are also available when other people on the worksite such as subcontractors or property owners cause your injuries.
- Product liability claims may be brought against a manufacturer or seller of defective construction tools or equipment that caused your injuries.
- Wrongful death claims in Pennsylvania may be made by specific close family members who suffered losses when their loved one died due to someone else’s fault. These claims often include damages for things like loss of the decedent’s companionship and financial support.
- Survival actions may be brought in some cases to recover for the decedent’s injuries and damages that he or she suffered prior to death. These awards benefit the decedent’s estate.
Construction accident injuries
Construction accident injuries can be severe and devastating and they can create financial and emotional burdens on the construction accident victim and his or her family. Construction accident injuries often include deep cuts and lacerations, dislocations and broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death.