Construction sites are extraordinarily dangerous places, as anyone who has ever visited one can undoubtedly attest. They are often noisy, busy, and filled with power tools, heavy machinery, open heights, and unfinished structures at every turn. While the risk associated with construction sites may be obvious, there are some things that may surprise you about construction site accidents. Three of these are detailed below.
Construction Workers Who Are Hurt on the Job Can Often Sue
If you are a construction worker, you may think that you will only be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits after job-related injury. In reality, there are many situations in which an injured construction worker may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. These include the following:
- Your injury was the caused by defective equipment
- Your injury was caused by the negligence of an independent contractor at the job site
- Your injury was caused by the intentional act of your employer
Because the recovery available through a personal injury lawsuit is significantly greater than that which is available through workers’ compensation, it is always a good idea to have an attorney review your case to determine your options.
You Do Not Have to Be at the Construction Site to Sustain an Injury
Many people who are injured in construction site accidents were not even on the site when they were injured. Accidents involving issues like falling objects, runaway vehicles, liquid spills, explosions, and exposure to toxic chemicals can injury people who are simply walking or driving by. In some cases, construction accidents may even injure people a significant distance from the site itself.
Many Cases Do Not Go to Trial
After a construction accident, you may be anticipating a dramatic courtroom trial in which you get to tell your side of the story while the defense vehemently denies that it is liable. The reality is that the vast majority of injury cases are settled out of court, as the issue of liability is so apparent that it would be a waste of time for the defendant to litigate it. As a result, the only issue that needs to be resolved is how much the at-fault party will pay the victim. Keep in mind, however, that you should have a lawyer represent you even if your case does not go to court, as he or she will ensure that any settlement you accept is a fair one.
Call a St. Petersburg Construction Accident Attorney Today to Learn More
Construction site accidents can leave victims severely injured and with significant personal and financial losses. Fortunately, in many cases, they may be able to recover compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation with a St. Petersburg attorney, call Berkowitz & Myer today at 727-344-0123 or contact us online.