Get Help After A Construction Accident
Many construction workers think their only path to compensation after a work site injury is through workers’ compensation. This is not always true. If you were injured on a construction site by a third party — such as another contractor — you may have a personal injury claim in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.
On construction sites, there are often several companies at work. If an employee from another company caused your injury, you may have a third-party personal injury claim.
Third-party personal injury claims are not available against your employer or co-workers.
Common third parties include:
- Property owners
- General contractors, subcontractors, or prime contractors that are separate from your employer
- Architects and engineers working on the site
- Manufacturers of equipment and machinery used on site
Building Your Case
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, bringing a successful third-party liability claim requires proof that the third party acted negligently or recklessly. This means you have to prove that the party owed you a duty of care, and that their behavior constituted a breach of care that caused your injuries.
At R.C. Shea & Associates, our lawyers specialize in the investigative process. When handling third-party liability claims, we investigate every aspect of the accident to identify all of the responsible parties, prove their wrongful conduct caused your injury, and use this to maximize your compensation.
Compensation After A Construction Accident
If you were injured by a third party in a construction site accident, you have two separate claims for benefits:
- First, workers’ compensation benefits: This includes a portion of your lost wages, medical care and a payment for permanent residuals resulting from that injury.
- Second, a personal injury claim: This includes lost wages, reduced future earnings, current and future medical care, and pain and suffering.
Common Construction Worker Injuries
Construction sites can be dangerous places with many opportunities for injury. Common construction site accidents include:
- Falls from scaffolding or ladders
- Falling objects
- Slip and falls
- Collapsing structures
- Safety violations
- Defective machinery and equipment
Contact Us For Help
For more information about your claim for compensation, contact our firm. We have offices in Toms River, Manchester and Brick. Consultations are free and cases are taken on a contingency basis. You will not pay us a fee until we obtain compensation for you.