Experienced DC Workers Comp and Construction Attorney Explains Construction Site Accident Cases
Tripping and falling on a construction site can cause serious injuries and is a hazard that should be prevented. Construction workers are at risk for serious knee, shoulder, back injuries and worse because of tools, materials, and trash left on construction sites.
The general contractor has the duty to keep the construction site safe (and both OSHA and the District of Columbia Industrial Safety Act require this).
Sometimes a subcontractor causes the injury by leaving behind materials where they were working, not covering up holes or taping off areas to warn other workers who come through the area. We've helped people who have been seriously injured on the construction site because of unsafe conditions, or negligent third-party contractors.
Many times a construction worker is carrying tools, equipment, and materials and it is difficult - if not impossible - to watch every step of where you are going, and that's exactly why general contractors and subcontractors working in the area have to keep it safe. To allow you to do your job.
There are a lot of moving parts on a construction site, and to some extent, it is a dangerous occupation. Because of the physical work involved, the machinery, the number of other workers in the area, the urgency of the work, construction workers are more at risk for on the job injuries than most other workers.
And if you're a construction worker who got hurt at a construction site, you don't want to lose everything you've worked for because you didn't hire an experienced construction injury lawyer.
What Should You Do If You Were Hurt On A Construction Site in DC
There are legal protections for workers who get hurt on a construction site. First of all, any worker injured on the job can get workers compensation benefits - but watch out, there are a lot of traps out there that insurance companies, contractors and large employers have set so that they can deny, delay or limit your monetary benefits and medical treatment after you get hurt at work.
File Your DC Workers Compensation Claim The Right Way.
It's critical to get your workers comp benefits right away after a serious injury in DC and our experienced workers comp attorneys will do that for you.
But if some other person or company causes your injury, they should be responsible for the harm they caused - and that's different than workers compensation. It's called third-party negligence.
You have the right to both workers comp benefits and the ability to sue the other company that caused your injuries - they are two different legal matters, but there is a lot of interplay between them.
You have more time to file a case against the general contractor or subcontractor who caused the injury in DC, but don't delay. You know better than anyone that construction sites change every day.
You need to investigate the case right away - before evidence disappears, witnesses move to other jobs and the project gets built.
If another company on the jobsite caused your injury, you need a lawyer who use both cases to best help you and your family.
There are a number of complicating factors in this analysis. You can get more information on the specifics of what you should do now and how to get started to make sure you get the medical treatment you need, and the benefits to feed your family, by calling us at (202) 393 - 3320.
But don't wait. Remember, insurance companies have adjusters, lawyers, nurses, doctors, case managers - all working against you from the moment you get hurt.