Get Legal Help After a Construction Site Accident
From constructing new homes to restoring historic buildings, there will always be a high demand for skilled construction workers. Unfortunately, construction is also one of the most dangerous industries for workers. Construction teams are constantly working around heavy and suspended objects, in high places, or in unsafe environments; it is the responsibility of construction companies, foremen, and equipment manufacturers to make sure workers are protected from the hazards. Ideally, every necessary precaution is taken to ensure that workers are kept safe; unfortunately, this is not always the case.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, construction is the leading industry for workplace injuries and fatalities. More than 21 percent of workplace fatalities are construction accidents, meaning that one in every five workplace deaths will occur in construction. While some accidents are unavoidable, all too often an injury or death could have been avoided if proper precautions were taken. Despite these statistics, many construction companies are still shirking their duties to properly plan, secure, and oversee the safety of construction sites.
Your Deserve Fair Compensation
If you are a construction worker who was seriously injured on the job, or the family member of someone killed in a construction accident, it’s important to speak with an experienced Fort Collins injury attorney as soon as possible. Accidents look bad for construction companies, and paying fair compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of livelihood hurts their bottom line; injured workers without experienced representation are unlikely to receive the proper attention, compensation, and accountability they require.
No matter what your company is saying about the incident, your case deserves the attention of a skilled attorney who is experienced with construction injury incidents.
What Are Common Construction-Related Injuries?
There are many different ways to suffer injuries on a construction worksite. While we encounter a wide variety of complications in practice, the most common construction-related injuries often include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Vision impairment and blindness
- Facial injuries
- Extensive scarring
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Toxic exposure
These are just a few examples of injuries we commonly witness in clients; don’t discount your case if you have an injury that is more unusual than those listed above.
Workers’ Compensation versus Third Party Liability
Because workplace injuries can leave someone unable to make a living, the government has established a mandatory form of insurance for employers and their employees: Workers compensation. Workers’ compensation is the primary way for employees to receive compensation for trauma and expenses from a workplace injury.
Unfortunately, when bargaining for workers’ compensation, employers will often do everything they can to minimize payout expenses or see insurance premiums go up. However, workers’ comp isn’t the only way to get fair compensation for your injury. If your company is not being fair with their workers’ compensation settlement or preventing you from obtaining the compensation you need, a lawsuit may be your best answer—in these cases, a jury, not the company, will determine what is fair. An experienced attorney can ensure you are taken seriously by employers, and increase your odds of a successful outcome both in and outside of the courtroom.
What Damages May Be Awarded for Construction Injuries?
When a construction company, equipment manufacturer, or individual is found liable for a workers’ injuries, they are often obligated to pay a certain sum of money to compensate for the medical costs, lost wages, and additional distress the injury has caused.
Possible compensatory damages are separated into two categories. The first is economic compensation for the cost of the injury, both for medical expenses, as well as wages lost due to time off or decreased capacity to work. The second category includes non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Many factors are considered in determining just compensation for a workplace injury, including:
- Past medical costs
- Future medical costs
- Cost of rehabilitation therapy
- Lost wages
- Decreased capacity to earn
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement or permanent disability
While damages are unique to each individual case, our team works closely with clients to ensure a settlement or judgment compensates injured parties to the fullest extent the law allows.
How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
At Tenge Law Firm, LLC, we believe justice is the right of every person, and not just those who can afford to pay an attorney. We offer free consultations, and represent clients on a contingency fee basis: this means there is no cost to obtain counsel, and we only collect legal fees as a portion of a successful settlement or judgment.
Speak With a Construction Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injury, disability, or death on a construction site, Tenge Law Firm, LLC is here to help. Contact us today through our website, or call our Fort Collins office at (970) 212-4777 or write to us using our online contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced construction injury attorneys.