When a construction accident occurs and someone is injured or killed, a determination needs to be made as to who is responsible, as construction sites oftentimes have multiple companies working at one time. A workers’ compensation claim may be filed in most work accident cases, but if third-party contractor liability is an issue, a McHenry County personal injury attorney may help pursue a third-party claim.
Filing a Claim for Construction Accident Injuries
Most work-related injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. But if someone other than the employer or a co-worker who is employed by the same company is responsible, an injury claim against that party would be filed.
Third-party claims may result in greater financial recoveries because workers’ compensation only deals with medical costs and a portion of the employee’s earnings. An injury claim against a third party has the potential to give compensation for additional losses such as pain and suffering, permanent disability, reduced quality of life, and more.
But with so many different projects going on and a variety of people working on them, determining liability can be challenging and may require assistance from a McHenry County personal injury attorney. A contractor may be liable in some cases, while an engineer, site owner, architect or even the equipment manufacturer could be responsible in some cases.
Although multiple companies might work on a jobsite, there are expectations that all will follow standards and regulations that comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This means adhering to safety rules, hiring competent workers and warning of any hazards.
Types of Construction Accidents
With so many risk factors at a construction site, such as working from great heights and handling heavy machinery, the risk of being seriously or fatally injured can be higher than many other industries. One of the most common types of accidents involve falls from scaffolding, ladders, elevators and other elevated areas.
Collapses involving buildings and trenches are another type of serious construction accident. Electrocution burns, limbs or other body part loss from moving machinery, and getting struck by objects and material are other types of injuries.
Discuss Contractor Liability with a McHenry Personal Injury Attorney
Franks & Rechenberg can help workers injured due to contractor liability explore legal action through workers’ comp and third-party claims. A McHenry County personal injury attorney can help sort through the complex issues involved in this type of accident to determine liability, legal options available and the compensation that may be recoverable for damages from the construction accident.