They’re responsible for the second-highest workplace fatality rate in the nation, and account for above-average days off due to injury and illness. They’re construction accidents, and they’re on the rise. Construction accidents don’t just cause catastrophic injury – they can be legally complicated as well. That’s because construction accidents are presided over by MD workers’ compensation laws, but can generate civil suits against multiple contractors.
Who Caused Your Construction Accident?
Construction accidents can occur due to a number of factors. These include insufficient training, malfunctions in construction equipment or tools, defects in scaffolding or machinery, inadequate safety policies on-site, slip and fall injuries, and collapsing walls and floors. The general contractor and all subcontractors on a construction site should be required to follow stringent safety standards, including warning all workers of potential hazards, coordinating job safety specifications, and providing sufficient training before allowing workers to use heavy equipment.
However, these precautions cannot completely prevent construction accidents. The results can be devastating and make it hard for construction workers to return to the job. Though construction workers are covered by Maryland workers’ compensation laws, the compensation provided by workers’ comp programs can be insufficient and fail to cover the full extent of the injury. Construction workers may also wish to pursue civil litigation against responsible parties, including subcontractors, manufacturers, construction managers, architects, or other parties whose negligence or inadequate safety precautions caused or contributed to a construction accident.
How Can an Attorney Help Your Construction Accident Case?
Due to the massive number of potential parties in a construction accident case and the presence of workers’ compensation and insurance issues, construction accident victims need an experienced and aggressive attorney to handle negotiations, represent their interests in court and help determine negligence and liability. A good Baltimore construction accident attorney has resources within the community to help establish your case and can help gain compensation for your injuries, lost wages, future medical care and other damages through a civil case.
Think you have a construction accident case? Contact us for more information on whether your case could yield compensation above and beyond workers’ comp. Steven H. Heisler has a solid track record and a reputation for gaining justice for his injured clients. Contact us today for a free consultation – there’s no obligation and your information is completely confidential.