Special Concerns In Construction Accidents

Construction accidents can be fundamentally different from other on-the-job injuries. Construction workers who receive L&I benefits and leave it at that may be selling themselves short. If someone other than your employer or the general contractor under which your employer is working committed some negligent act that caused your injury, that party may be liable for your losses. The damages available through this type of civil suit are often substantially greater than those available from L&I compensation.

Construction sites are a flurry of activity, with various subcontractors, suppliers and other parties setting about accomplishing their own tasks and using their own equipment. Although it is always a good idea to pursue L&I benefits for a work injury if you qualify, additional damages may be available from an at-fault third party if you were injured in a construction accident:

  • Construction equipment manufacturers
  • Delivery drivers and their employers
  • Other subcontractors
  • Property owners
  • Engineers, architects and other professionals

Every case is different and fault may not be easy to spot. If your injury came about because of your own fault or because of the negligence of your employer, your recovery is likely limited to L&I benefits. However, an experienced attorney can examine the circumstances of your accident to identify third parties who may have played a role and then delve deeper to determine if there is a case for negligence. If there is a probable case, an attorney can then compare your potential recovery to the amount of L&I medical benefits you have received to determine if pursuing a third party lawsuit would be worthwhile for you.

Topics:  Construction Accidents, Construction Workers

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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