There are very few jobs that are more dangerous than working a construction site. Construction workers use heavy-duty tools and equipment, work with potentially hazardous substances, and spend time high above the ground where a fall can prove deadly. Severe injury, disability, and loss of life are realities in this industry, leaving workers and their families to cope with the consequences. When negligence or careless disregard for safety causes or contributes to injury, a construction accident lawyer at Foley Law Firm in Scranton, PA, can help. Through the years, we have fought for the rights of thousands of accident victims, building a strong record of verdicts and settlements. Time is of the essence if you wish to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and learn how our team can help you.
About Construction Accidents
According to the United States Department of Labor, of the 937 construction workers were killed on the job, the highest since 2008. This number is nearly one-fifth of the total work-related deaths in the private sector and is particularly significant when you note that construction workers only comprise less than 5 percent of our total non-farming workforce.
The top four causes of death on construction sites were falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in or between objects or machinery. On top of the large number of fatalities, many thousands of construction workers suffer severe and sometimes debilitating injuries.
Construction workers who are injured on the job will usually qualify for workers' compensation benefits, which can help pay for medical bills and wages lost through disability. This is true assuming the employer carries workers' compensation insurance and does not fight your claim. In any case, workers' compensation benefits for a long-term disability are often inadequate to support a family and deal with long-term, accident-related losses.
Liability and Compensation
A construction accident that injures or kills a worker sometimes has roots in the employer's careless violations of safety codes. There may be product liability or premises liability when dangerous equipment malfunctions or there is a toxic work environment. Potential parties in a personal injury lawsuit include the property owner, general contractor, construction company, and equipment manufacturer.
Unlike workers' compensation benefits, a personal injury lawsuit can include punitive damages and compensation for pain and suffering, wrongful death, and other long-term losses. An injured construction worker will often need to retrain in order to start over in a new job, assuming full-time work is a possibility. Catastrophic injuries may require continuing therapy, home modifications, and other life alterations that are expensive and difficult for the whole family.
Our staff includes a full-time medical doctor and registered nurse to help in our assessment of the injuries and ongoing needs of clients. We are the only Northern Pennsylvania law firm to provide this level of staffing to benefit plaintiffs.
Aggressive Legal Representation
Our highly-rated, award-winning attorneys have been fighting for the rights of accident victims for decades. If you have been injured and are suffering because of the actions of another party, we want to help. We have the skill and resources to provide you with outstanding representation. Our staff includes a full-time medical doctor and registered nurse to help in our assessment of the injuries and ongoing needs of clients. We are the only Northern Pennsylvania law firm to provide this level of staffing to benefit plaintiffs.
Let Us Help
If you or your family has suffered from a construction accident or other personal injury, contact Foley Law Firm today. We provide a free consultation, and if we take your case, you will owe no legal fees until we attain a settlement or jury award for you.