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Two Workers Injured in Terre Haute Building Collapse

Steve Wagner

Despite the emphasis given to workplace safety, accidents continue unabated. In one of the most recent incidents, two construction workers were trapped under debris when a restaurant that was under construction in Terre Haute partially collapsed. At the time of the incident, one of the victims was working on a wooden roof truss and the other was in a bucket lift. The collapsing wall pinned the worker under the lift and the roof trusses respectively.

Fortunately, the workers were rescued quickly, and the damage was limited to one worker suffering from a leg injury.

Normally, employees receive compensation as per the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act, depending on the extent of their injury. However, this does not prevent them from filing a suit claiming damages.

Any covered worker is entitled to Indiana worker’s compensation benefits regardless of the circumstances surrounding their death or injury. However, if the injured worker decides to file a suit for damages, the matter becomes tricky.

  • The worker will have to decline the worker’s compensation amount.
  • Success in claiming damages would depend on many conditions, such as whether the injured worker was wearing safety devices at the time of the accident, whether they were provided with safety equipment in the first place, and whether the safety equipment would have made any difference at all. To receive compensation, it is essential to prove that the employee had not deliberately ignored or neglected safety stipulations.
  • In this specific case and other similar cases, the collapse of the wall owing to the negligence of the building owner or the contractor would have a big say in receiving damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Even if the employees decided to remain content with the worker’s compensation payout, disputes with regards to the estimation of the injury and the compensation amount are commonplace.

Wagner Reese has a team of highly skilled and experienced Indiana work comp attorneys who are ready to represent you in Indiana workers compensation and personal injury cases. When we take in a case, our objective is to pursue all possible angles to try and ensure that we can work to put together the strongest case with the goal of striving to eliminate potential loopholes for the defendants to attempt to use. Our lawyers have the experience that is needed to fight on your behalf for your worker’s compensation case.

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