While workers' compensation benefits will work to cover the medical expenses and lost wages that an Alabama worker encounters following a workplace accident or injury, this is not the only source of compensation available in all instances. Following accidents on the job where liability can be assigned to a construction subcontractor, machine manufacturer or other liable third party, there could be an additional and viable claim of negligence or product liability as well.
A construction worker from Daphne, Alabama, sought the experience of an attorney to understand how to best recover following a terrifying and painful construction accident a few years ago. The construction worker was elevated in a manlift when the machinery malfunctioned and he plummeted 25 feet, snapping his femur and hitting his head. The man was trapped 60 feet in the air with his injuries for nearly an hour until rescue workers could retrieve him.
It was months of recovery before the injured work was able to return to work after having a steel rob surgically implanted in his leg, extending from his hip to his knee. Three companies in relation to the malfunctioning equipment were sued following this accident. Among other factors, it was discerned that the company that owned the crane ignored inspections in order to save time and expense, which significantly contributed to this worker's terrifying and painful injury.
A jury decided that this victim should be awarded a total of $1.7 million in both compensatory and punitive damages to be paid by the liable parties that set the stage for this injury with their negligence.
It can be difficult to understand where all liability falls following a serious workplace accident. Speaking with an experienced attorney as this worker did can assist a similarly injured worker in understanding all available avenues for compensation.
Source: AL.com, "Daphne man awarded $1.7 million in damages from ThyssenKrupp construction accident," Brendan Kirby, April 4, 2013
Our firm has experience assisting construction workers injured on the job in Northern Alabama pursue recovery. For more information, please refer to our page on construction accidents.