Since 2009, the lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm have represented individuals injured in construction accidents and families whose loved ones have been killed on the job. From our office in Pikeville, Kentucky, our construction injury lawyers are dedicated to providing skilled representation to secure the benefits you are entitled to. Call us toll-free at 606-433-0682 or contact us online.
Construction Site Hazards
Construction sites can be busy, noisy places with workers of various occupations interacting with each other on an assortment of projects. Potentially dangerous equipment like scaffolding, jackhammers, cranes, backhoes and conveyors are everywhere. The general contractor who is supervising the site has a number of legal duties that it must meet, such as providing a reasonably safe workplace, warning of inherent dangers, and hiring careful employees. Subcontractors are also expected to ensure safe workplaces, but their responsibility is second to that of the general contractor. Common construction site risks include:
- Collapsing of walls or floors
- Defective equipment
- Exposure to asbestos and chemicals
- Fires and explosions
- Heavy machinery
- Inadequate barricades
- Inadequate training
- OSHA noncompliance
- Power lines/electrocution
- Repetitive motion tasks
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
A worker who is hurt on a construction job site is entitled to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Under workers’ compensation, an injured worker can be awarded benefits for lost wages and medical expenses without having to file a lawsuit to prove that the injuries were the fault of the employer. But, this means that the worker cannot bring a third-party claim against his employer.
However, the worker may be able to bring a third-party claim against other parties, including:
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Scaffolding companies
- Insurance companies
- Equipment manufacturers
Representing Injured Construction Workers
If you are injured on a construction site, the most important thing you can do to protect your rights is act quickly. You should report the injury to your employer immediately, but should not talk with an insurance company representative or sign any insurance documents until you have spoken with an experienced work-related injury lawyer. There are strict time limitations on how long you have to seek compensation in Kentucky.
For a free consultation with a knowledgeable Eastern KY construction injury attorney, call the Johnson Law Firm toll-free at 606-433-0682 or contact us online. Our job as construction workplace injury attorneys is to examine the circumstances of what caused the accident while focusing on our client’s future. With our experience, we know how to seek compensation from all possible sources, and we will carefully calculate your past, current and future losses to get you the best possible recovery.