Construction accident victims who speak with construction and worksite accident attorneys are often surprised to find out that depending on the facts surrounding their work injuries, they may be entitled to recover damages outside of workers’ compensation. Our attorneys at SMT Legal work with clients who have suffered severe and often life-changing injuries in worksite accidents and their goal is to maximize compensation for injury victims and their families.
Recovering beyond workers’ compensation in third party liability claims requires more work on our attorneys’ end in the investigative and evidence gathering stages. There is also more work involved when it comes to insurance settlement negotiations and trial preparation, but without this extra work, injured victims are left with workers compensation which is often not substantial enough to cover the extent of injuries and damages sustained in a construction accident.
Recovering from third parties
It is not always possible to seek recovery from a third party, but thorough investigations sometimes turn up another party’s full or partial liability. Worksites are often accessed by a number of people and companies including subcontractors, project managers, and building designers. If any of these people outside of the injured person’s employer or coworkers were responsible for the accident, the employee may file a personal injury claim against the negligent party.
Help with workers’ compensation and disability claims
Even if there is no responsible third party, Venango County works injury attorneys may help facilitate a fair recovery from the workers’ compensation insurance providers by assisting with the claims process, representing claimants’ rights at hearings and other proceedings, and participating in settlement negotiations. Attorneys may also help in filing for social security disability insurance benefits or in filing an appeal when benefits have been denied.
Types of worksite accident injuries
Common types of construction and worksite accident injuries include the following:
- Falls from structures, scaffolding, or ladders
- Slip, trip, and falls due to dangerous conditions
- Struck by falling debris or worksite equipment
- Run over by worksite vehicles
- Burns from fires, explosions, and welding equipment
- Construction equipment accidents related to human error or equipment defects
Construction accident attorneys at SMT Legal are experienced personal injury attorneys who have secured large financial awards and settlements for construction and worksite accident victims. Their successes include multimillion-dollar recoveries such as a $2.5 million recovery for a construction accident victim who sustained severe physical and mental injuries as a result of a construction accident and a $1.2 million recovery for an industrial worker who suffered a fall resulting in a fractured skull and permanent head injuries.