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Construction sites are a sign of a bright future and a better tomorrow for the Carolinas, but these sites can also be the location of dangerous and deadly accidents. Construction accidents in the Carolinas occur every single year, with some leaving accident victims paralyzed or deceased as a result of their injuries.

After their construction accident, injury victims may not know where to turn to pay for the costs of medical treatment. Workers’ compensation is not always available, depending on the nature of their employment or the accident that occurred. Even when a worker’s comp claim is available, injured workers can pursue a third-party claim against non-employers. Some construction accident cases also involve negligent companies, contractors, and other non-employers who could be held liable for the damages caused.

Only a construction accident attorney experienced in these types of cases can fully evaluate who may be determined at-fault for your incident and, accordingly, responsible for the financial consequences. By pursuing a personal injury or defective products claim against all potentially liable parties, accident victims have the greatest chance of recovering they compensation they need to resume a normal life.

You can learn more about your available legal options and the potential next best steps to take by speaking with an attorney at Auger & Auger. For over 25 years, we have provided clients with an ally and an advisor ready to fight for their case.

Schedule a free, no-obligation with one of our construction accident lawyers today to learn more about your options for obtaining compensation. To schedule your free case evaluation now, call (800) 559-5741 or contact us online.

Who Might Be Liable for Damages After a Construction Accident

Every construction accident case is unique. A personal injury lawyer can examine the circumstances of the injury-causing incident to determine who might be the most appropriate party to pursue from which to pursue compensation.

An injured worker can often file a third-party liability claim against non-employer parties to obtain compensation for all damages. Innocent bystanders who were injured on or near a construction site can also look for opportunities to file a third-party claim.

There are lots of situations where a negligent party may have caused or contributed to the accident that injured you. The owner of the property where the construction project is taking place may have allowed a dangerous condition to remain, for example, opening up a possible premises liability claim . If a product failure or a lack of safeguards was a contributing factor, injury victims may be able to pursue a defective products claim.

Additionally, there may be other third parties involved, such as contract-awarders, contractors, related corporations, and members of the general public. In some of these cases, workers’ compensation may not be enough, or may not be applicable. Instead, a general personal injury lawsuit may be filed. An experienced personal injury attorney  can help you decide what type of lawsuit best fits your situation.

Injured construction workers can usually seek a workers’ compensation claim from their employer’s insurance, provided that their injuries occurred during the scope of their job. This arrangement prevents employees from filing personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits directly against their employers under most circumstances. However, workers’ compensation insurance may not provide all of the forms of damages needed to recover all your losses from your accident.

Pursuing compensation from all available avenues allows construction accident attorneys to maximize their clients’ chances of obtaining the finances they need.

Frequency of Construction Accidents in the Carolinas and the U.S.

Construction is a dangerous industry. It may, in fact, be the most dangerous industry in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that in the year 2017, the domestic construction industry as a whole experienced 971 deaths. More granular data shows that the industry also had over 3.4 million injury cases at a rate of 3.1 per every 100 workers.

State-specific data reveals that North Carolina experienced 3,600 construction industry injuries in 2017, while South Carolina saw 2,100.

OSHA reports that the majority of deadly incidents in the construction industry relate to the “fatal four” types of accidents:

  • Falls: Falls from platforms, machinery, and structures. Accounts for 39% of all industry deaths in 2017.
  • Struck by object: Includes materials being transported, machinery in operation, dropped tools, falling debris, and more. 8% of all fatal injury cases.
  • Electrocutions: Contact with live currents directly at their source or transferred through materials like metal or water. 7% of deaths.
  • Caught-in/between: Encompasses structural collapses, getting trapped in between objects, struck by vehicle, caught in machinery, etc. 5% of fatal incidents.

Why You May Need More Than Workers’ Comp, and How a Construction Accident Lawyer May Help

Workers’ compensation policies tend to be strict in how they cover injuries, where you can receive treatment, and the maximum amount of lost wages you can claim while you recover. Seeking a workers’ comp claim as appropriate to your injury circumstances is almost always a good idea, but injury victims must often look elsewhere in order to cover all of their resulting damages.

If you need additional sources of compensation to repay all damages, your construction accident attorney can help you pursue all available legal avenues. Larger companies, such as construction contract purchasers or commercial property owners, tend to have more resources available for compensating accident victims than the average workers’ comp policy.

If the injury victim’s incident was caused by negligence or a defective product, looking to these types of claims can increase the chances of fully recovering all available damages — as opposed to being left in debt by injuries that were no fault of your own.

Auger & Auger wants to provide a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer to serve as an ally and an advisor in our injured clients’ time of need.

If you have been hurt by a construction accident either as an employee or a bystander, then speak to an attorney for free to learn what your next best actions to take might be. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation now by calling (800) 559-5741 or by using our convenient form to contact us online.

 

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