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