Construction Site Accidents
Construction workers face many hazards on the job. Accidents are common given the nature of the work. In some cases, the consequences of construction site accidents can be devastating. If you have been hurt while working in one of these areas, it is critical to speak to a work injury lawyer as soon as possible. You can rest assured that Foley construction accident attorney Whit A. Thomas will give your case the attention and commitment that it deserves. He can carefully investigate the cause of your accident and work diligently to hold any responsible party accountable for its actions.Assert Your Rights After a Construction Site Accident
Construction site accidents may result from many events, such as falling from heights, being struck by falling objects, being exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials, or being involved in a vehicle collision. These accidents may also be the result of faulty or defective machinery, negligence by a third party, or a failure to adhere to safety regulations.
When a worker is injured in a construction site accident, the first place to turn is usually workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation system in Alabama is meant to replace the right of an injured employee to file a civil claim against his or her employer or co-worker. Moreover, an accident victim potentially can collect workers’ compensation benefits even if the work injury was caused by his or her own negligence.
If someone other than the employer or a co-worker caused the accident, the worker may be able to file a third-party claim against the at-fault party. Sometimes, third-party claims consist of cases against a subcontractor, a manufacturer or retailer, a property owner, or another driver. For example, you may have been injured by a faulty or defective machine while performing a task on a construction site. If this happens, the product maker may be held liable for your damages under a theory of strict product liability. Also, a property owner that fails to warn about a hazardous condition on the property that ultimately causes an injury to a worker may be held liable through a premises liability claim.
If you are hurt in a construction accident, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company will typically cover medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. If your injury was the result of a third party’s carelessness or misconduct, you may be able to seek additional compensation from that party. Third-party claims permit an injured worker to seek payment for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and disfigurement, among other damages that are not available through workers’ compensation.Discuss Your Construction Accident Claim with a Foley Attorney
A construction site accident can turn your life upside down. While no amount of money can undo the harm that you have suffered, compensation can ease the financial burden that often piles up after such an incident. Diligent Foley construction accident lawyer Whit A. Thomas can act swiftly to assess the merits of your case. He assists injured individuals in many areas of Southern Alabama, including in Foley, Summerdale, Robertsdale, Elberta, Lillian, Loxley, Fairhope, Daphne, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and other cities in Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, and Monroe Counties. Call us at (251) 943-9330 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with an accident attorney.