Construction is consistently ranked one of the most dangerous occupations in which a person may be employed. Individuals employed in the construction industry are often exposed to hazards and dangerous conditions more so than in other industries. It is why safety regulations are in place on every construction site to avoid injuries and protect everyone involved. The unfortunate truth, however, is that construction site accidents do occur when applicable safety regulations are disregarded, which can result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. If you have been injured on a construction site, it is important to work with a team of experienced lawyers who understand the construction industry and have represented many injured construction workers successfully. At Friedman Schuman, we have over 30 years of experience representing clients throughout Pennsylvania who have been injured in construction accidents. The attorneys at our firm are diligent in taking an aggressive, thorough approach to investigating and building your case to maximize your chances for a successful outcome. If you were injured in a construction accident and need quality legal guidance, contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.
- Ladder and scaffolding accidents
- Equipment-related accidents
- Unguarded/unprotected falls
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Roof collapses and falling debris
- Electrical accidents
Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania
When an individual is injured on the job, they may be covered under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act. This Act provides benefits to the injured party until he or she is able to work again. If a person dies while working, workers’ compensation can also provide wrongful death benefits to the decedent’s spouse, as well as any dependent children. Most employees in Pennsylvania are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a qualified incident. Typically, employees working on construction sites are covered under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act.
If an employee is injured on the job, it is critical that the employee notifies his or her employer of the injury within 120 days from the date of injury. However, if an injured worker needs to bring a workers’ compensation lawsuit against the insurance company because they were denied benefits, there is a 3-year statute of limitations from the date of the injury. Some of the benefits that an individual may be entitled to in a successful workers’ compensation case include:
- Lost wages
- Specific loss benefits
- Medical care (hospital treatment, medicine, etc.)
In some cases, a construction site accident is caused by the negligence of a third party. Like most personal injury cases, it is on the shoulders of the victim to prove negligence. If a party is injured on a construction site because of a third party’s negligence, including faulty safety equipment or careless actions from the landowner, a person may be able to recover damages. That said, if a party was to recover monetary compensation from a negligent third party, he or she may be responsible for the cost of care provided through workers’ compensation.
Contact an experienced Pennsylvania construction site accident attorney
Sustaining an injury on a construction site can be devastating to an individual and his or her family. Our firm understands the serious repercussions of not being able to work. If you require legal representation after you or a loved one was injured in a construction site accident, the attorneys at Friedman Schuman are here to help. Contact our firm today for strong legal representation when the time calls.