Construction workers are among the hardest-working members of our society, and they deserve to be recognized as such. Unfortunately, their jobs do not come without risk, and though there are rules in place to help ensure their safety, accidents still occur, and they are oftentimes no fault of the workers. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about construction site injuries and how we can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How does workers’ compensation work in Pennsylvania?
If you are someone who has recently been injured in a construction site accident due to another party’s negligence, there is a very good chance that you will be covered under Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act, which should provide you with financial benefits until you are capable of working once more. Furthermore, the Act also provides spouses and children of those who were fatally injured on the job with benefits. That being said, if you were injured, you must notify your employer as soon as possible, and if you do not do so within 120 days of the date of your accident, you will most likely be barred from receiving such benefits. However, if you were denied benefits and truly need them, you will have three years from the date of your injury to sue your insurance company. You may be entitled to lost wages, medical care, and certain additional specific loss benefits.
What is a third-party lawsuit?
If you were injured in a construction site accident that was the fault of a third party, you may bring a third-party claim against that party. Simply put, instead of suing your employer, third-party claims allow individuals to sue other parties, such as negligent product manufacturers/designers, architects, general contractors, and more. This can be a great way to recover the compensation you need without having to risk suing your employer. However, you should note that if you file a third-party claim, you will most likely have to repay the cost of care provided through your initial workers’ compensation claim.
If you have any additional questions about the legal process ahead, please do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you.
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