Construction is a dangerous job and there are numerous accidents that take place at high octane and frenetic work sites. Companies that employ workers for construction need to adhere to certain laws and regulations to ensure that they meet safety requirements. They must also train their workers to adopt safe methods and minimize risk at the workplace. The work sites must be first inspected and certified safe before employees can start their work. Since time is of the essence when engaged in construction activities, many tend to neglect the safety aspect in their rush to complete the job.
A construction accident can take place in the fraction of a second and does not leave anyone with much time to react. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a construction accident then you should get in touch with an experienced Louisiana workers’ compensation lawyer to understand your rights and to seek justice.
There are various types of construction accidents that can occur—site falls, scaffold accidents, falls from the roof, ladder mishaps, crane accidents, falling equipment, unguarded openings, dangerous elevator shafts, excavation injuries, and the like. All these are commonly known as gravity-related mishaps or injuries. These are the most damaging and in many states, the law says that the injured worker cannot be held responsible for this accident.
Yet another category of construction accidents is related to the equipment used. Poor maintenance or improper usage of tools and machines can leave workers hurt at the work place. A third type of construction mishap is caused by negligence regarding safety procedures. Leaving dangerous debris at the work site, electrocutions, explosions, getting hit by vehicles, can all occur if the necessary safety precautions are not taken.
A person who has been injured in a construction accident is entitled to seek workers’ compensation which can partially cover medical expenses as well as some loss of income. However, if your accident was caused due to the negligence of somebody else and this can be proved, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you win this case, it will bring you more monetary compensation and can cover elements such as future medical costs, the expense involved in rehabilitation, cost of physical therapy, as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering, as well as mental anguish.
In personal injury lawsuits related to construction accidents, only a third person who is not your employer, construction site owner, general contractor, or sub contractor can be sued. Such cases need the attention of a specialized attorney who understands the construction accident law. This is because the lawyer needs to have an idea about the complex relations that exist between the owners, contractors, and everything in between. The lawyer will diligently need to investigate the claim, do the paperwork, and gather proof of injury and negligence. They might need to enlist the assistance of accident re-constructionists, doctors, and other such experts to back up your claim and ensure you have a strong and formidable case.
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