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Helping Injured Construction Workers in Charlotte, NC
Construction sites are dangerous places to work. Construction workers are exposed to a variety of hazards, including falls, falling objects, heavy machinery, and electrical equipment. When construction workers are injured on the job, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
At Shane Smith Law, we are committed to helping injured construction workers get the compensation they deserve. We understand the complexities of construction accident cases, and we know how to get results. If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you understand your legal options and pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Types of Construction Accidents
A construction accident refers to an unexpected and undesirable event that occurs on a construction site, resulting in harm, injury, or damage. Construction accidents can happen due to various factors, including human error, equipment malfunction, inadequate safety measures, or environmental conditions. Here are some common types of construction accidents:
- Heavy Machinery Accidents: Involves accidents with large construction equipment like bulldozers, excavators, cranes, and forklifts.
- Electrical Accidents: Occur when workers come into contact with live electrical wires, faulty equipment, or unsafe electrical systems.
- Falls: One of the most common construction accidents, falls can happen from elevated surfaces such as ladders, scaffolding, roofs, or unguarded edges.
- Scaffolding Accidents: Related to collapses or falls from scaffolding structures, often due to inadequate installation or lack of proper safety measures.
- Crane Accidents: Involve incidents related to the operation or structural failure of cranes, leading to injuries or fatalities.
- Trench Collapses: Occur when the walls of an excavation trench collapse, trapping workers inside. This can lead to suffocation or crushing injuries.
- Fires and Explosions: Result from a variety of factors, including electrical faults, fuel leaks, or improper handling of flammable materials.
- Toxic Exposure: Involves exposure to hazardous substances or chemicals, either through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion.
- Struck-By Accidents: Workers may be struck by falling objects, moving equipment, or other construction materials, leading to injuries.
- Caught-In or Between Accidents: Workers may get caught in or between heavy machinery, equipment, or structures, causing serious injuries or fatalities.
- Tool Accidents: Injuries resulting from the improper use or malfunction of hand tools or power tools.
- Collapses of Structures: Involves the failure of buildings or structures during construction, leading to injuries or fatalities.
Workers’ Compensation for Construction Accidents
Most employers in North Carolina are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits are available regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Injured workers are not required to prove that their employer was negligent in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits are available for all types of construction accident injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover the cost of medical treatment, including surgery, hospitalization, and rehabilitation. Workers’ compensation can also provide wage replacement benefits to injured workers who are unable to return to work. Injured workers may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, or permanent partial disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits are typically limited to medical expenses and a portion of the worker’s lost wages. Workers’ compensation benefits do not include compensation for pain and suffering.
Third-Party Liability for Construction Accidents
In some cases, injured construction workers may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party in addition to receiving workers’ compensation benefits. A third-party personal injury lawsuit can provide compensation for all of the injured worker’s losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A third-party personal injury lawsuit can also provide additional compensation for the injured worker’s future losses.
Many different parties may be held liable for construction accident injuries. Some of the most common third parties that may be held liable for construction accident injuries include:
- General contractors
- Property owners
- Manufacturers of defective products
Third-party personal injury lawsuits can be complex, and they often involve multiple parties. If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important to have an experienced construction accident lawyer on your side. At Shane Smith Law, we have extensive experience handling construction accident cases, and we know how to get results. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
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