Construction sites are filled with hazards and dangers that increase the risk of injuries and accidents. The construction industry accounted for about 21 percent of all workplace fatalities in the private industry during 2018. Slips and falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or between objects accounted for over half of construction fatalities.
Safety equipment and safety protocols can help reduce the risk of a construction accident. However, construction workers continue to be injured on job sites. Injured construction workers have the right to consult with an attorney regarding their claim.
Before you settle a construction site injury claim, talk to one of our Denver construction accident lawyers at the Bendinelli Law Firm. You could be entitled to more compensation or benefits than you are made to believe. Call 1-800-ATTORNEY now for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.
The Colorado workers’ compensation system covers most construction injuries. The no-fault system ensures that workers receive the medical care they need after an on-the-job injury. It also provides income benefits to help employees who are unable to return to work while they recover.
However, workers do not always receive the full benefits they deserve. A workplace accident lawyer can review the case to ensure that you receive the benefits provided to you by the workers’ compensation laws.
In most cases, an employee cannot sue an employer for a workplace injury covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, there are situations in which an injured construction worker might have a claim against another party or even the employer.
If an employer is grossly negligent or fails to follow all local, state, and federal safety regulations for construction sites, the employee might be able to sue the employer for damages caused by a construction site accident.
Also, if a third party was negligent in causing the worker’s injury, the worker might be able to file a personal injury claim against the third party. Examples of third party claims include injuries caused by defective tools or car accidents caused by another driver.
If a defective product injured the worker, the worker might have a claim against the product’s manufacturer. Likewise, if the worker is in a vehicle traveling to another job site or running an errand for the employer, a person who causes a car accident could be liable for damages if the worker is injured.
Construction workers should talk with a Denver construction accident lawyer to determine if they have a third party claim. The benefit of filing a third-party claim is that you receive compensation that is not available under workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation benefits do not reimburse you for all of your lost wages. The system also does not pay you for your pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. You can recover compensation for these and other damages in a personal injury claim.
At the Bendinelli Law Firm, our Denver personal injury attorneys want you to concentrate on recovering from your injuries and returning to your normal day-to-day activities. As you focus on your wellbeing, our attorneys take care of the complicated legal issues and deal with the insurance company.
Determining whether you might have a third party claim can be complicated. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier will not tell you if you are entitled to additional compensation, and neither will your employer or the responsible party. Our lawyers, however, fight for the rights of construction workers and help them receive all the benefits and compensation they are entitled to by law. We do not stop working until we exhaust all potential sources of compensation for your construction site injuries.
Put our experience to work for you and contact us today for your confidential and free initial consultation.