Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured on a Philadelphia construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. Reaching out to a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer will help you get the information you need and determine how you want to proceed with your case. Determining who is at fault for your injuries is one of the first steps your attorney will take so the right parties can be named in any lawsuit or other claim you make. More than one person may be at fault for the damages caused to you.
There are a couple of different ways you could have been injured on a construction site. One of those ways is through an on-the-job injury, and another is through being on the site for some other reason.
If you were on the job when you were injured on a construction site, an attorney can help you seek workers’ compensation benefits as well as any other compensation to which you may be entitled. If you were on the site for another reason, you may still have opportunities to seek compensation for damages.
How do Philadelphia construction accidents occur?
It is no secret that a construction site is a very dangerous place. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong. Large, heavy equipment, heights and all kinds of building materials can make for a location that is set up for risk. Most construction companies are very careful with how they operate their sites to reduce the overall risk as much as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes these companies or the people who are operating the construction site get careless, or something goes wrong with equipment on the site.
When issues arise with a person not paying attention, or a piece of equipment breaks, for example, one or more people in the immediate area can be seriously injured or even killed. If you are injured on a construction site, you may not be able to work for a period of time. Depending on the significance and type of injury, you may not be able to continue working at all, especially in a physically demanding field such as the construction industry.
You may be entitled to significant compensation, which will help you take care of medical bills and allow you to cover your other expenses. But the compensation for an injury on a construction site is not simply going to be handed to you. The construction company and insurance company will do their best to avoid paying, or to reduce the amount you receive to something much smaller than what you really need or deserve. Working with an attorney can help level the playing field for you.
Not only will insurance companies expect you to jump through hoops for your money, but they will downplay your injuries and may even try to say that you caused the problem yourself. Naturally, dealing with all of that while also dealing with serious injuries can be extremely stressful. You should not have to experience that level of stress while trying to recover from construction site injuries. By working with a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer, you can focus on your recovery and have more peace of mind.
What kinds of injuries can happen on construction sites?
Because of the nature of a construction site, almost any kind of injury can happen there. From bumps and bruises to issues that are far more serious, such as spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), construction sites are definitely dangerous places. There are four main causes of construction site accidents, which are:
- Being struck by an object
- Falling from a height
- Being electrocuted
- Being crushed or caught in between objects
While these are not the only causes of serious injuries and fatalities on Philadelphia construction sites, they are the most common. Some of the more specific causes for an injury might include:
- Equipment that is unsafe, defective or dangerous
- Missing or inadequate protection from falls
- Power tools that are missing their protective devices or guards
- Unsecured loads that shift or fall
- Tripping hazards such as wires, debris and tools
- Uncovered holes or trenches that are left open
- Inadequate supervision or training of workers
A Philadelphia construction accident lawyer can help work through issues to get to the bottom of the accident and find the true cause of your injuries.
Whether you were working in the construction field or delivering something to the job site from another company, getting injured on a construction site can materially alter the course of your life. You may never be the same after a serious accident, and you need strong representation to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
What will a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer do for you?
To help build your case, we will look into all the aspects of your injury, how it occurred and what could have potentially prevented it. We also need to make sure that the company in charge of the site was following all OSHA safety regulations. Establishing fault comes through determining the precise cause of your particular accident, and it may or may not be obvious what caused the issue to occur. Some cases are more cut and dried than others, while some are much more nuanced and complex.
When you choose to hire a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer, you are taking the first step toward asking for fair and just compensation for the injuries you sustained. Not only can that compensation help you pay your medical bills, but it can also help financially restore you from lost time at work, missing out on hobbies or family events, and other aspects of your life that may have changed since your injury. You deserve to be compensated for the harm that was caused to you.
An attorney will also consult with experts to help determine the exact nature of the injuries you have sustained. Those consultations help an attorney truly understand how you have been wronged and how the damage affects the course of your life going forward. Many construction site accidents are severe enough that they cause permanent issues, such as head and neck injuries, paralysis and permanent disability. We will work to make sure you are compensated for all the damage from the accident.
Keep in mind that more than one party may be considered liable for your injuries. If that is the case, a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer will make sure that compensation is being sought from all parties who have liability. Not only could that increase the amount of compensation you are entitled to, but it could also help ensure that all negligent parties are required to address the issue and make amends. Being held liable could encourage parties to your case to make changes, which may protect others in the future.
You want to make sure you choose an attorney who is prepared to take your case to trial. Negotiating with the insurance company and other parties to the case is the first step, and many times a settlement can be reached. However, if it is not possible to reach a settlement everyone agrees to, then the case will go to court and a trial will be held. We understand the significance of going to trial to get you all the compensation you deserve and are prepared to take your case as far as needed to get results.
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Being injured on a construction site, either on the job or for another reason, can be stressful, painful and traumatizing. In the midst of all of that, the insurance company will likely try to settle quickly for an amount that is far less than you deserve. Do not agree to a settlement with an insurance company when you have other options. Work with a construction accident lawyer instead, and focus on getting the help and support you need for adequate injury compensation.
At, Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers understand the severity of construction accidents and the need for fair and just compensation for your injuries. Construction accidents can happen quickly and can devastate lives and families. Because many of these accidents are preventable, negligence is often involved. Whether you have been physically injured or have lost a loved one to a construction accident, we are here to help.
You do not have to settle for a lowball insurance company offer, or assume that you are simply stuck with medical bills from your construction site accident. There are options, and you can get the help you deserve when you reach out to work with us. We will carefully analyze your case, accident and injuries, helping determine what level of compensation you can expect. Then we can help you pursue that compensation to the best of our abilities, so you can financially recover from your construction accident injuries.
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