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Kansas City Construction Site Accident Lawyer

Construction work is inherently dangerous. As a construction worker, you regularly interact with heavy machinery, use scaffolding, and work at dangerous heights. Hazards like the weather and even possible toxins like asbestos or lead can cause injury. When you’re working on a construction site, your employer has a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment. What happens when the employer fails in that duty of care to his employees? Our Kansas City injury attorneys can help outline your possible legal options after a construction site accident.

The Workers’ Compensation System

The state of Kansas requires employers to carry workers compensation insurance. This provides workers with valuable compensation when they sustain injury on the job. This system does not require that you prove your employer was at-fault for your injuries, you just need to prove you sustained your injury at work. On the other hand, collecting workers’ compensation benefits limits your ability to seek additional legal recourse against your employer. When you collect workers’ compensation benefits, you essentially forfeit your right to sue them for negligence.

What to Do After a Construction Site Accident

Immediately following a construction site accident, take the following steps:

  • Tell your employer. They will be responsible for filling out the paperwork and submitting it to their workers’ compensation insurance company. As soon as you notice symptoms from an injury or incident at work, inform a supervisor.
  • Seek medical care. Your company may want you to visit an in-network provider, so ask them where to seek medical attention. No matter which healthcare professional you visit, tell them you sustained your injury on the job.
  • Follow all doctors’ orders and keep all appointments. Your company’s workers’ compensation company might be keeping tabs on your compliance, which could affect your claim. Keep all your appointments for medical and rehabilitative care.
  • Contact a construction accident attorney. Though the workers’ compensation system is no-fault, you may still be able to collect compensation in a third-party claim. A construction site attorney can help you decide if you have legal grounds.

Third-Party Construction Site Claims

In certain instances, you may be able to file a claim above and beyond your workers’ compensation benefits. This applies when a third party may be responsible for your injuries. Examples of third parties on a construction site include vendors, sub-contractors, and manufacturers of heavy machinery. The following are examples in which you may be able to file third-party claims:

  • A subcontractor negligently installed roofing materials, causing you to fall.
  • A vendor failed to properly install scaffolding, causing it to collapse.
  • A manufacturer of a welding gun negligently distributed a defective batch and it malfunctioned, leading to injury.

These are simple examples of third-party construction claims. In reality, construction sites are busy places, and there is a chance that your injury may have been the result of third-party negligence. A construction site attorney can help you find the answers and help you gain compensation for your injuries and lost wages.

Your claim begins with an initial consultation. To see if you have legal grounds for a third-party construction claim, please contact us.