Your Legal Options After a Construction Site Accident
Construction sites involve heavy machinery, dangerous equipment, and scaffolding. As such, construction sites are some of the most dangerous work environments in the country. This contributes to over 700 construction worker deaths every year. In Indiana specifically, 4.6 out of every 100 construction workers are injured or killed annually.
Below, our Indianapolis attorneys discuss the legal options you may pursue if you have been injured in a construction site accident.
Most workers in Indiana are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits after a work accident and injury, even if the accident was their fault.
Workers’ compensation covers any injuries that occur while an employee is performing duties within the scope of their employment. This includes injuries that occur both on and off the job site.
While filing a workers’ compensation claim is one of the easiest ways to recover funds after a work injury, the amount you will receive is likely to be less than would be available through other legal options.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit may only be filed if a work accident was caused by someone other than the injured worker’s employer. This may include a third party, such as a delivery driver who struck a worker while on the construction site.
In order to recover compensation through this method, you and your attorney must demonstrate that the defendant had a duty to provide for your safety, the defendant failed to do so, and the defendant’s actions (or lack thereof) caused your injury.
Product Liability Lawsuit
Manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure the products they distribute to the market are safe for consumer use. Failure to do so may make them liable for any injuries caused by their defective product.
In order to win a product liability lawsuit, you and your attorney must demonstrate that the equipment was unreasonably dangerous, the equipment or material was being used in a foreseeable manner when the injury occurred, and the defect caused harm.
Were You Injured on a Construction Site? Contact Us Today
If you are a construction worker who was injured on your job site due to another’s negligence, our Indianapolis attorneys can work with you to determine the best course of action in order to recover compensation.
Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.