Construction Accidents (SMcB)
Denver Construction Accident Attorneys
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Construction accidents can be devastating. In fact, out of all worker fatalities in 2019, over 20% resulted from a construction accident. You should never have to put your life at risk when you clock in for work, but the reality is many construction workers encounter dangerous and often deadly conditions regularly. Additionally, passersby and visitors may also encounter hazardous situations. If you have been injured due to a construction accident, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
At The Orr Law Firm, we believe that representing our clients is a commitment that requires extensive knowledge and specific training. We do not take our clients’ cases lightly – our team is prepared to aggressively advocate for you every step of the way. The Orr Law Firm provides high-quality legal counsel backed by experience and training you can trust.
Call our Denver construction accident lawyers at (303) 747-4247 for more information.
Why Do Construction Accidents Happen?
Heavy machinery, unsteady scaffolding, and unstable underground structures often make the perfect recipe for disaster on construction sites. And while it is your job to work under these conditions, it is reasonable to assume that the construction company has taken the proper precautions to keep you safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case in many situations, and workers often pay the price.
Some of the most common construction accidents and injuries include:
- Slips and falls
- Back injuries
- Impact injuries from falling objects
- Getting crushed or run over
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Exposure to hazardous substances
Many of these injuries happen due to incorrect use of equipment and/or inadequate maintenance. Construction companies should protect their workers by providing proper training, inspections, and safety reviews; unfortunately, not all companies are as vigilant as needed when it comes to protecting the safety of their workers.
Construction accidents often happen to workers, but bystanders and construction site visitors may also encounter dangerous conditions. In some cases, hazardous areas are not blocked off or adequately identified with signs or warnings.
Workers’ compensation is a go-to solution for many workers who are injured on the job. Unfortunately, while it does provide coverage for various situations, many restrictions may prevent you from getting the full financial coverage you need after an accident.
By filing a workers’ compensation claim, you essentially agree not to sue your employer even if the injury was due to their negligence. It is important to remember this because damages like pain and suffering are not available in a workers’ compensation claim. If you want to pursue these types of damages, you’ll need to file a personal injury claim.
However, depending on your specific situation, you may be able to pursue litigation and file for workers’ compensation if the following circumstances are true in your case.
- One of the parties responsible for the accident is not the employer
- The injury is the result of the employer’s intentional misconduct
- The injury is the result of gross negligence
- The employer denied workers’ compensation in bad faith
- The employer did not have adequate workers’ compensation coverage
You can sue and file for workers’ compensation if your case involves one or more of these factors. Otherwise, you may waive your right to litigation if you choose to file for compensation.
When to Sue
Lawsuits are an option for those who are not employees of a construction company, or one of the workers’ compensation exceptions allows them to file a lawsuit in addition to their claim. Most injury lawsuits depend on negligence as a determining factor in the case. This means that one or more parties did not perform promised or expected safety measures to ensure safe, ethical business practices.
To prove negligence, there must be evidence that:
- The employer owed a duty of care to workers
- The employer breached that duty
- The breach of duty caused injury
- The injury also resulted in damages
Once there is adequate proof of negligence, an attorney can pursue fair compensation for their client.
Compensation can include the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you have been injured due to negligence, you deserve justice. You should never have to pay the price for another person’s negligence or take responsibility for their actions.
Advocating for Victims of Construction Accidents
Construction-related injuries can be life-altering, and the painful reality for many workers is that compensation and justice are often out of reach. The Orr Law Firm recognizes that your case is personal and painful, which is why we are prepared to represent you as you pursue compensation.
When you need a highly trained team of legal advocates, contact the Denver construction accident lawyers at The Orr Law Firm.