Glendale AZ Construction Site Accident Attorneys
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim if I Was Injured on a Construction Site?
Did you know that construction is actually one of the most dangerous job on the planet. On a daily basis, construction workers face the risk of injury on the work site. And as Maricopa County continues to grow and expand, there are more and more construction sites that seem to be appearing all over the place. This also means that there are more on-the-job injuries experienced by construction workers.
In many of these cases, construction workers think that their only recourse is to file a workers' compensation claim. But that's not true. You may be able to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers' compensation claim. Contact our Glendale accident lawyers for a free consultation.
Personal Injury Claim vs. a Workers' Comp Claim in Glendale, AZ
However, a personal injury claim is not meant to take the place of a workers' compensation claim. By filing a workers' compensation claim, you'll be able to receive some funds for medical care and lost wages. While these claims usually don't offer full compensation for your injuries, it's at least a start and shouldn't be ignored. But a personal injury claim can provide additional - and usually better - compensation for things like medical bills, current and future lost wages, any other bills relating to your injury, and pain and suffering endured.
Unfortunately, we've seen many cases where construction workers injured on a work site don't know their rights under the law and solely depend on workers' comp. Since many of the accidents that result in injuries are caused by negligent contractors or workers who don't follow the safety laws, personal injury claims can be made. And the compensation awarded in personal injury claims is in addition to - not a substitute for - workers' compensation. In other words, you won't be forfeiting any money you receive from workers' comp by filing a personal injury claim in Glendale.
Compensation for Your Work Injury in Glendale
In terms of what kinds of construction accidents can lead to claims, there aren't any rules or laws. We've seen many different types of accidents that have resulted in personal injury claims. These include injuries caused by collapsing ceilings, floors, or walls, falls from scaffolding, injuries due to electrical problems, incidents caused by large equipment, crane accidents, trench collapses, and falling equipment.
Even when everyone follows the letter of the law and does their job right, accidents do happen. Obviously in these kinds of cases, there probably isn't a valid personal injury claim and workers' compensation must be relied on for compensation. However, many construction accidents in Maricopa County are caused by negligence on the part of another person or a company. The person may have intentionally ignored an OSHA regulation or they may have cut corners in order to save money or meet a tight deadline. Whatever the reason, the people who caused the accident and subsequent injuries should be held accountable. Filing a personal injury claim will help to punish the responsible party and also send a message that negligent behavior on a construction site is unacceptable.
Call the Husband & Wife Law Team
If you've been seriously injured in a construction accident and think negligence was involved, then it's time to set up a free consultation with the attorneys at Breyer Law Offices. We're one of the top-rated Glendale construction accident lawyers and we can review your claim, answer your questions, and determine what your legal options are.