Construction Accident Lawyers in Columbia
We Fight for Workers’ Rights
Construction is one of the most essential jobs in our nation, and it’s also one of the most dangerous. From heavy machinery to falls from heights, worksites come with a number of dangers. However, many of the accidents and injuries on construction sites are completely preventable. After any accident, an injured worker can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive help with their medical bills and missed wages. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may also be able to file a third-party personal injury claim.
Our attorneys are here to help you understand your options and secure the maximum compensation possible. The risks you are exposed to on a construction site can cause serious, even life-changing injuries. We want to make sure you have the financial safety net necessary to care for yourself as you recover and, if necessary, into the future. Our personal injury law firm in Columbia has over 100 years of combined experience and a shared dedication to helping injured workers through difficult times.
Call us today at (573) 312-3188 to get started on your construction accident claim. Our Columbia lawyers offer free, no-obligation consultations.
When You Can File a Third-Party Construction Accident Claim
Because workers’ compensation covers all on-the-job injuries regardless of fault, it also protects your employer from liability in most cases. However, it does not prevent you from filing a claim against a third party who held fault in your accident. A third party, in this case, is anyone who is not part of your company. You probably cannot file a personal injury claim against your reckless coworker or negligent boss. However, you could file a claim against someone who works for another subcontractor or a delivery driver.
Of course, to bring a third-party injury claim, you also will have to prove that individual or company’s liability. Our attorneys can help here by launching an investigation into the accident. Typically, workplace accidents have multiple witnesses who can testify. They may even be captured on security cameras. We can search out evidence to support your claim.
Is It Worth Filing a Construction Accident Claim?
Even if you’ve received a fair workers’ compensation settlement, filing a lawsuit can still bring many benefits. Personal injury claims have more breadth than workers’ compensation claims, which are simply made to make injured employees whole. They are not about finding justice. If you were hurt by someone else’s negligence, you deserve the chance to hold them accountable.
A workers’ compensation claim covers all related medical treatment and reimburses you for lost wages at two-thirds of your typical salary, up to a cap. This means you are out one-third of what you would normally be earning. While workers’ compensation does offer payment for lasting disabilities, the settlement you receive may not cover all your needs. With a personal injury claim, you can break down expenses including future medical needs, household aid or services, and accommodations/assistive devices. You can also request non-monetary damages, like pain and suffering, that are simply not available to workers’ compensation claimants.
Finally, filing a lawsuit puts pressure on wrongdoers to make changes. If you were hurt because of a poor company policy, the terms of your settlement may involve pushing for internal changes. If your accident was caused by a defective piece of equipment, filing a lawsuit can pressure its manufacturer to issue a recall and be more careful in its future endeavors. These changes can not only help you find closure but also help keep other workers safe.
Our Team Is Here to Serve You
If you were injured in a construction accident, we want to make sure you know your rights. Navigating the insurance process after a workplace injury can be complicated enough. Our team can not only help you maximize your workers’ comp settlement but also explore the possibility of filing a third-party lawsuit to recoup further damages. Throughout the legal process, we do our best to keep clients informed, so they can be sure they are making the right choices.
We are passionate about advocating for injured workers, which is apparent through our firm’s strong workers’ compensation practice. Anyone who was hurt while doing their job deserves full recompense. Our team is willing to fight to make that happen. With nearly $30 million recovered for past clients, we are serious about getting you the help you need after an injury. The medical costs and other challenges should not be yours to handle alone—and they do not have to be. With us on your side, you can find justice.
Call DiPasquale Moore today at (573) 312-3188 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Columbia attorneys. We can help you explore your legal rights and options after a construction accident.