Philadelphia Workplace Accident Lawyer
When you go to work on a construction site in Philadelphia, you put your life on the line for the company. There are more than 150,000 construction site accidents each year, according to the United States Department of Labor.
There is a staggering range of accident types and injuries that can occur on a construction site. The causes of construction accidents are rarely singular, in part because so many different companies work on a single job site, side by side. Many factors must be considered when assigning liability after a construction accident.
If a negligent third party (not your employer or a co-worker) was responsible for your injuries, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim in addition to obtaining workers’ compensation benefits from your employer.
For example, our law firm represented a man who was working on the roof of a building when he fell through a skylight and suffered severe and permanent brain damage. Our attorneys were able to show that the landlord and tenant of the building were aware the skylights were dangerous and were negligent. A Philadelphia jury awarded our client $24.8 million in damages.
A construction accident lawyer from Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help you explore all your legal options so that you can pursue all the financial resources you need to pay your bills and provide for your family in the wake of a work injury.
We are ready to muster all of our available resources to aggressively advocate for your rights after a construction accident so that you can focus on your recovery. Call our team of experienced attorneys today for a free consultation.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Occupational Injuries?
Many injured workers may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance covers work-related injuries sustained by a company’s employees, regardless of fault. Even if you did something wrong – and your employer didn’t do anything wrong – you could still be entitled to workers’ compensation.
If a negligent property owner, contractor, or another third party caused the accident, you could collect workers’ comp benefits and potentially pursue legal action against them. This is what is known as a third-party injury claim.
Because many different companies, contractors, and projects can be present on a job site at the same time, there are many potentially liable parties. For example, a catastrophic accident may result from product defects in a piece of equipment, such as a forklift.
In this case, the forklift manufacturer could be held liable for negligent design or manufacturing. The company is responsible for maintaining the equipment and the company that purchased it may also be liable.
Determining liability and seeking compensation for a construction accident can quickly become complicated. It is always best to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable lawyer who can review the specifics of your construction site accident. Your attorney will identify all potentially responsible parties who might owe you compensation.
It is important to always review any type of construction site accident claim – workers’ comp or otherwise – with an experienced attorney so that you can rest assured that you are taking the best possible legal action for your circumstances.
Compensation for a Workplace Accident Injury
If you are hurt in a construction accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. This can help you pay for the medical treatment you need and the adjustments you may need to make due to your injuries.
Workers’ compensation benefits are generally limited to the payment of related medical bills and partial replacement of lost wages.
If you have a valid third-party claim, you could recover additional compensation. The following types of compensation may be available in a personal injury claim over a construction site accident:
- Medical bills, including rehabilitation, physical therapy, and prescriptions
- Lost wages due to time missed from work
- Pain and suffering, which is calculated according to your specific injuries
- Loss of future earning potential
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
While receiving compensation for your damages after a work accident is never a guarantee, a knowledgeable construction site accident attorney at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can review your specific injuries to calculate what your case may be worth. Then, we can help you take the proper legal action for the best chances of success to seek the money you deserve for your injuries.