There has been a boom in the real estate market, creating thousands of worksites that have gone up throughout Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, in particular, has seen a huge growth in residential and commercial construction over the last few years.
This is great news for the economy, but with the increase in projects, there is an increase in construction site accidents as well. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, let our injury attorneys fight for the compensation you deserve. Call a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer now to discuss your case and review your legal options.
How to Report A Construction Accident in Philadelphia
It’s important to report construction site accidents to your employer immediately. The law gives injured workers 120 to notify their employers, but it’s best to do it as soon as possible after the accident. Your employer will then provide you with paperwork that you need to fill out to document the accident.
What Causes Construction Accidents in Pennsylvania?
A construction accident can occur for a number of reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Failure to provide workers with the proper safety gear
- Defective tools or heavy machinery
- Failure to provide protection to workers who are in trenches, near power lines, exposed to hazardous substances, or in another dangerous situation
- Falling objects
- Failure to follow the proper safety protocol
- Other unsafe property conditions
Determining the cause of the accident is key to identifying the liable parties and recovering compensation. For this reason, our attorneys will quickly get to work investigating the accident and figuring out what went wrong and who is to blame.
Are There Time Limits on Construction Accident Claims in PA?
There are laws in place that limit the amount of time that victims have to take legal action following a construction site accident. Victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties. If the lawsuit is not filed within this two-year time period, you lose the right to take legal action against these parties for your injuries.
It’s important to note that this statute of limitations only applies to personal injury lawsuits, not workers’ compensation claims. If you plan on obtaining workers’ compensation benefits, you must notify your employer of the accident within 120 days. If you have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, you can file a lawsuit against the appropriate parties within three years from the date the injury occurred.
What Types of Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Construction Accident Claim?
If you are hurt while working on a construction site, you will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp insurance will pay you a portion of your salary and your medical bills while you are injured. However, there are various hurdles the insurance company will try to have you jump through before you are awarded work comp benefits.
The insurance company will want you to be evaluated by their doctors, who are “bound” by the Hippocratic oath but are paid by the insurance company. We will guide you through the process of obtaining these benefits and ensure you are treated fairly every step of the way.
Workers’ compensation is your first avenue to recover for a construction accident, but there is more that needs to be evaluated before settling your claim. A number of factors could be in play, making recovery from outside sources possible.
If your attorney believes you are entitled to compensation from outside sources, you can file a personal injury claim against these parties to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Who is Liable For Construction Accidents?
If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, there’s no need to prove liability since you can recover these benefits regardless of who is liable. However, you will need to prove liability in order to recover compensation in a work injury claim.
There are often hundreds of companies involved in a construction site, including the general contractor, sub-contractors, equipment manufacturers, architects, owners of the site, and multiple insurance companies. All of these parties could be potentially liable for the injuries you sustained. To determine liability, an attorney will need to carefully review the details of the accident.
A construction injury lawyer can hire an expert to evaluate who is at fault and why. We work with some of the foremost accident reconstruction engineers who help us take legal action against everyone who is responsible for a worker’s injuries. With our help, injured construction workers can recover compensation from any party that played a role in the accident.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Philadelphia Construction Site Accident Law Firm Today
Have you been injured in an accident that occurred on a construction site? If so, it’s important to seek legal representation from a construction site accidents lawyer at KaplunMarx at once.
Our Philadelphia construction accident lawyers are dedicated to helping victims hold the at-fault parties accountable and secure the compensation they deserve. Schedule a free consultation with a construction accident lawyer on our team by calling or filling out the form on our website.